The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Oct 12, 2010 3:24am

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates and Desk Assistants CLAUDIA MORALES, JACQUELINE NG FERNANDEZ, CARRIE HALPERIN and MAGGY PATRICK

PRESIDENT OBAMA
Bloomberg’s Daniel Kruger: “Obama Bond Demand Insatiable as Japan Set to Pass China” Japan is poised to pass China as the largest U.S. creditor for the first time since August 2008 as growing demand for U.S. government debt reduces borrowing costs for President Barack Obama as the deficit swells. LINK

Bloomberg’s John McCormick: “Republicans Prove Unpopular With Voters Against Obama in PollRepublican attacks on President Barack Obama’s policies are resonating with voters, even as many Americans give a thumbs-down to the party and some of its specific ideas, a Bloomberg National Poll shows. LINK

CONGRESS
The Wall Street Journal’s Keith Johnson and Brody Mullins: “Redistricting Battles Spur Wave of Cash” Republicans and Democrats, hoping to pick up seats in Congress through redistricting, are pouring money and political muscle into statehouse races in about 16 states. LINK

The St. Petersburg Time’s Marc Caputo: “Incoming Senate president jettisons longtime staffers as GOP consolidates power” The once-moderate Florida Senate is growing more conservative under incoming leader Mike Haridopolos in the wake of high-level staff firings and resignations that have thinned the ranks of Democrats in the upper chamber. LINK

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Devin Dwyer: “Fact Check: Is Foreign Money Behind U.S. Chamber of Commerce Ads?” To many Democrats, the accusation by President Obama and other party leaders that foreign money might be bank rolling some pro-Republican political attack ads sounds both compelling and ominous — but is it fair? LINK

USA Today’s Fredreka Sschouten: “Chamber of Commerce funding claims repeated but unproven” A key liberal group and Vice President Biden renewed unsubstantiated charges Monday that foreign money is bankrolling political activity to support Republicans in the crucial midterm elections. LINK

ELECTIONS
ABC News’ Amy Walter and Z. Byron Wolf: “Ad Watch: Joe Manchin Takes Aim – Literally – At Cap and Trade” Last week we had the “hicky” controversy and now this: Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin, who is running for Senate by running against President Obama, literally shoots at a copy of the cap and trade bill – with a gun. A real one. LINK

Politico’s Manu Raju: “Trailing badly, Blanche Lincoln hunts for votes” Blanche Lincoln needs to reach out to seniors so badly that she even dared to interrupt a Bingo game. “Nobody told me we’d be honored with Ms. Lincoln’s presence,” the announcer said somewhat sarcastically at a senior center where some 25 people had gathered on a Thursday morning. “We’ll hold a little while, I guess.” LINK

The Washington Times’ Valerie Richardson: “'Tea party' warms up to Tancredo” There's a "tea party" candidate running for governor in Colorado this fall, but with three weeks to go in the campaign, it's not entirely clear who it is. LINK

The Denver Posts’ Michael Booth: “Surprising responses in rat-attack-tat debate between Bennet, Buck” Rapid-fire debate questions flushed surprising answers from Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Republican Ken Buck on Monday, with Bennet opposing a treasured union bill and Buck endorsing big pieces of health care reform. LINK

The Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe: “Combat veteran Sowers calls for end to wars in bid for House seat in Missouri” The 34-year-old former Army Green Beret ran across the street and bounded up the packed bleachers at the Hootin' and Hollarin' parade. Spots of sweat dotted his blue button-down shirt. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO
ABC News: “'Hick' Actor: 'Not My Choice For Wardrobe'” Damian Muziani actor from John Raese "Hick" Ad discusses acting politics. LINK

ABC News: “Obama: Infrastructure Is 'Inefficient and Outdated'” President Barack Obama discusses infrastructure report. LINK

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