The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oct 26, 2010 3:52am

The Note's Must-Reads are a round-up of today's political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at www.abcnews.com

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates and Desk Assistants JACQUELINE NG FERNANDEZ, JAYCE HENDERSON, CLAUDIA MORALES, AND MAGGY PATRICK

OBAMA
USA Today’s John Fritze: “Obama’s agenda in jeopardy if GOP captures House” In 2008, Ron Fraatz supported Barack Obama for president. This year, the 61-year-old retired school worker represents everything the president's party now fears. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth R. Bazinet: “President Obama can take endorsement and 'shove it,' says Democratic gov. candidate Frank Caprio” Rhode Island's Democratic gubernatorial hopeful has a sharp message for President Obama: "Shove it." Obama, who jetted to the nation's smallest state on Monday, has refused to endorse his party's nominee, Frank Caprio. LINK

ELECTION 2010
Politico’s Maggie Haberman and Alex Isenstadt: “GOP eyes the Slaughterhouse Five” In the battle for control of the House, there are some places where the outlook is especially grim for Democrats. And then there are the Slaughterhouse Five. LINK

The Hill’s Shane D’Aprile: “Voter turnout is make or break for Democrats in Keystone State” Democratic volunteer Carol LaBelle appears undaunted by this fall’s headwind of GOP enthusiasm as she works her way through a call list of fellow senior citizens at a phone bank in Center City. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Tom Hamburger and Kathleen Hennessey: “Conservatives struggle to unify for voter outreach” With the campaign in its final week, well-funded conservative groups have shifted their focus from the airwaves to voters' phone lines, front doors and mailboxes — part of a get-out-the-vote effort that could tip the scales in tight races across the country. LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen: “House and Senate shatter fundraising records for midterm election and may exceed $2 billion” House and Senate candidates have already shattered fundraising records for a midterm election and are on their way to surpassing $2 billion in spending for the first time, according to new campaign finance data.  LINK

Newsweek’s David Graham: “Meet Early Pomeroy, the Moderate Democrat Touting His Health-Reform Vote” Few issues have been as confounding for Democrats this year as health-care reform. With anger at government spending running high, how does an incumbent deal with an unpopular law that, for many voters, sums up the arrogance and big-government philosophy of the Obama administration? LINK

The Denver Post’s Tim Hoover: “POLL: Colorado voters coming out against tax-slashing measures” Three tax-slashing measures on the November ballot are still doing badly with Colorado voters despite many people saying they're no longer undecided. LINK

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Larry King, Tom Infield, Cynthia Burton, and Thomas Fitzgerald: “Political attack ads reign” Turn on your TV, fellow voter. Look, there's dastardly Dan Onorato, who seemingly has turned thousands of Pittsburghers into unemployed zombies. And dirty Jon Runyan, who appears to help fist-shaking foreigners in their oil fields by opposing clean-energy jobs in New Jersey”.  LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Story of the Midterms, Told Through 5 Races” The House of Representatives increasingly looks as though it will shift significantly in favor of Republicans as campaigns head into the final week before Election Day. LINK

The Miami Herald’s Mathew Haggman: “Braman: Signatures in place for recall” In his bid to recall Miami-Dade's first strong mayor, billionaire businessman Norman Braman announced Monday he has collected 90,000 signatures from registered voters, more than enough to put Mayor Carlos Alvarez's fate with the voting public LINK

ECONOMY
ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: “The Economic Stimulus: Bonus or Bogus?” With a sluggish economy and an electorate disgusted with Washington, it's no surprise that the president's $862 billion economic stimulus program has emerged as a central campaign issue. Republicans attack it. Democrats defend it. And both make bogus claims about its impact. LINK

Bloomberg’s Craig Torres: “Bernanke Asset Purchases Risk Unleashing 1970s Inflation Genie For the second time since he became chairman in 2006, Ben S. Bernanke is leading the Federal Reserve into uncharted monetary territory. Bernanke next week is likely to preside over a decision to launch another round of large-scale asset purchases after deploying $1.7 trillion to pull the economy out of the financial crisis, comments from policy makers over the past week indicate. LINK

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes: “Divide on U.S. Deficit Likely to Grow After Election” A midterm campaign that has turned heavily on the issue of the mounting federal debt is likely to yield a government even more split over what to do about it, people in both parties say, with diminished Democrats and reinforced Republicans confronting internal divisions even as they dig in against the other side. LINK

TEA PARTY
ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “Christine O’Donnell Claims Divine Mandate for Candidacy” Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell says “God is the reason” that she’s running for U.S. Senate and that prayer has played “a direct role in this campaign.” LINK

The Washington Times’ Joseph Weber: “'Tea party' hopefuls target Education Department” Conservatives have talked wistfully for years about eliminating the Education Department, but a host of Republican "tea party" candidates this election year are saying it's time to move beyond talk and force Congress to vote. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO
ABC News: “Tea Party Express: 'Reid Is Our Number One Target'” Chairwoman Amy Kremer discusses Tea Party expectations for 2010 elections. LINK

ABC News: “Frank Caprio to Obama: 'Shove It'” Rhode island gubernatorial candidate reacts to Obama endorsing his opponent. LINK

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