The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, October 5, 2010

By Jayson

Oct 5, 2010 3:13am

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


The New York Times’ Elisabeth Rosenthal: “U.S. Military Orders Less Dependence on Fossil Fuels” With insurgents increasingly attacking the American fuel supply convoys that lumber across the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan, the military is pushing aggressively to develop, test and deploy renewable energy to decrease its need to transport fossil fuels. LINK

Bloomberg’s Courtney Schlisserman: “Pickup at U.S. Service Industries Probably Not Enough To Quicken Recovery” A pickup at service industries in September probably wasn’t strong enough to quicken the U.S. recovery, economists said before a report today. LINK

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer “Tea Party Fever Means Big Cash from Small Donors” In a year of record-setting campaign fundraising and spending, driven largely by contributions from corporations, unions, third-party groups and dozens of self-financed millionaire candidates, the small-scale individual donor is also proving to be a formidable force. LINK

ABC News’ Byron Wolf “Other GOP Candidates Leery of Minimum Wage” Alaska Republican Joe Miller’s argument to Jon Karl that the federal government lacks the constitutional authority to impose a federal minimum wage was rejected by the Supreme Court back in 1941, and opposing it would put him in a distinct minority in Congress. But among outsider Republican candidates, objection to the minimum wage is more common. LINK

Washington Times’ Kara Rowland  “Democrats say they’re tightening ‘enthusiasm gap’” After months of fretting over "tea party"-powered Republican enthusiasm, Democrats say they are seeing signs that their supporters are getting revved up in time to close the so-called "enthusiasm gap" by the Nov. 2 midterm elections. LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Balz and Jon Cohen Washington: “Democrats gain in poll but GOP still leads as midterm elections near” Less than a month before the midterm elections, the political landscape remains strongly tilted toward Republicans, although Democrats have made modest improvements with voters since their late-summer low point, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. LINK

Newsweek’s Ryan Tracy: “McCain to Graham: I’m Not the Senate Maverick, But You Can’t Be One Either” It’s no secret that Sen. John McCain has a love-hate relationship with the “maverick” moniker. But thanks to this week’s New Yorker, we can add another emotion to the senator’s complicated feelings about the label: jealousy. That is, jealously over other senators who might try to take the maverick title as their own. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta and Brody Mullins: “Frank’s Own Battle Erodes Help for Fellow Democrats”  It's the kind of political year in which even Rep. Barney Frank is being forced to break a sweat. The Massachusetts Democrat, one of Congress's most well-known members, usually wins re-election by steamrolling his opponents. This year, he's campaigning aggressively to beat back Sean Bielat, an upstart Republican challenger who was five years old when Mr. Frank first won a House seat in 1980. LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page: “Poll: GOP voters are more fired up” A Gallup Poll analysis released Monday underscores the huge "enthusiasm" advantage Republicans hold a month before elections that will determine control of Congress and help shape the rest of President Obama's term. LINK

The Hill's Kevin Bogardus and Silla Brush: "K Street shops eye vulnerable Dems as potential recruits" K Street is scouring the ranks of lawmakers facing tough reelection races or retirement, looking to snag top-tier lobbyists. With Republicans set to notch major gains in the midterm elections, possibly enough to retake control of Congress, a flood of former Democratic lawmakers may be looking for new jobs, and many may turn to K Street. LINK

The Denver Post’s Tim Hoover: “Colorado voters down on Obama, several statewide ballot issues” Barack Obama won Colorado in 2008 with 53 percent of the vote, but now the same percentage of the state's likely voters have an unfavorable opinion of him as president, according to the results of a Denver Post/9News poll. The dissatisfaction with Obama among a majority of voters comes as 65 percent of likely voters say jobs and the economy are the top issues for them. LINK

The Miami Herald’s Michael C. Bender: “Democrats see chance, face barriers in Florida governor’s race” Florida Democrats say this could be their best chance to win the governor's race since their last victory 16 years ago. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Mark Arsenault: “In Wis. race, GOP novice may snag seat thought safe” On streets teeming with students dressed in the “Badger red’’ colors of the University of Wisconsin, friendly cries of “Hey Russ!’’ followed one of the school’s prominent graduates, US Senator Russ Feingold. Yet the Democratic senator everybody seems to know is in a desperate fight this fall against a challenger whom, until recently, few had ever heard of. LINK

Politico’s Meredith Shiner “Chicago: Rahm Emanuel’s kind of town?” On Day One of Rahm Emanuel's weekend transformation from power-behind-the-throne at the White House to glad-handing big-city pol, there were awkward handshakes, unplanned stops that surprised even his handlers and two sets of protesters, including one that blocked his car. LINK

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