The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Oct 13, 2010 3:12am

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 CLAUDIA MORALES, JACQUELINE NG FERNANDEZ, MAGGIE PATRICK, CARRIE HALPERIN

PRESIDENT OBAMA
The Denver Post’s Julie Pace: “Ahead of election, Obama campaigns coast to coast” President Barack Obama's campaign schedule, a mix of fundraisers and rallies, will take him from coast to coast over the next three weeks as he looks to buoy Democratic candidates.  LINK

Bloomberg’s Traci McMillan: “Obama distant kin to Palin, Limbaugh, Bush, Ancestry.com says” President Barack Obama is distantly related to two of his most outspoken critics — Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin and talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh – as well as to former President George W. Bush, according to a genealogy website. LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Drilling go-ahead in Gulf criticized” The Obama administration on Tuesday said it would lift the deep-water drilling moratorium it imposed after the massive BP oil spill, but Gulf of Mexico region lawmakers and industry advocates said the stiffer new rules that the government is imposing will leave rigs idle and workers out of jobs for months longer. LINK

CAMPAIGN 2010
ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: “WV Senate Candidate John Raese: I "Absolutely" Want to Abolish Minimum Wage” He relentlessly hammers Joe Manchin's ties to President Obama, but the Republican candidate for Senate in West Virginia is also taking aim at the policies of another Democratic President:  Franklin Delano Roosevelt. LINK

Politico’s Alex Isenstadt: “Whac-A-Mole season for senior Dems” Every two years, at about this time, whispers of unexpectedly imperiled incumbents seem to surface out of nowhere. While the hearsay rarely ever pans out, that doesn’t stop the time-honored tradition of rumor mongering about seemingly safe or senior incumbents on the verge of defeat against unheralded challengers. LINK

The New York Times Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “First Lady Hits Campaign Trail” Michelle Obama, the first lady, will make her 2010 campaign debut in Milwaukee on Wednesday with a pitch for Americans to vote for Democrats as the party of families and children. LINK

REGIONAL ELECTIONS
The Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo: “Governor race virtually even” Rick Scott and Alex Sink remain in a tight race for governor, a Quinnipiac University poll showed. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Frank Phillips and Jonathan Saltzman: “Six names on list for chief of SJC” The short list of candidates to replace Margaret H. Marshall, the retiring chief justice of the state Supreme Judicial Court, includes a federal court judge, a state Appeals Court justice, and three associate justices of the SJC, people familiar with the selection process said yesterday. LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray: “In Pa. race, working to turn anger in his favor” Mike Fitzpatrick knows the price of political anger. He's paid it. The Republican lawmaker lost his House seat in 2006 after a single term – like others in his party, a casualty of frustration over the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina, a GOP Congress tainted by scandal and an unpopular war. LINK

The Los Angeles Times Cathleen Decker: “Whitman and Brown's final debate a contentious one” The rivals for California governor continue their attacks on each other and stick to their talking points without offering details on how they would fix the troubled state. LINK

CAMPAIGN ADS
ABC News’ Karen Travers: “Vice President Biden Keeps Hammering Away at Chamber of Commerce” Vice President Biden today kept up his drumbeat against the US Chamber of Commerce and outside interest groups that he said are raising millions of dollars for negative campaign ads without disclosing the donors and funding sources. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins and Danny Yadron: “GOP Groups Launch Massive Ad Blitz” An alliance of Republican groups is launching a $50 million advertising blitz this week in a final push to help the GOP win a majority in the House, representing the biggest spending blitz ever by such groups in a congressional election campaign. LINK

GAY RIGHTS
USA Today’s Mimi Hall: “Judge says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ must end now” A federal judge Tuesday ordered an immediate end to enforcement of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" ban on lesbians and gay men serving openly in the armed forces.LINK

Bloomberg’s Justin Blum and Andrew M. Harris: “U.S. Judge Finds Federal Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional” A court ruling declaring the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act an unconstitutional violation of states rights is being appealed by the Obama administration. A federal judge ruled in two cases in Massachusetts that the law, defining marriage as being between a man and a woman, violated the right of states to regulate marriage. The U.S. Justice Department filed an appeal notice yesterday. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO
ABC News: “George Clooney Talks About Sudan at White House” Actor George Clooney tells White House Press Corps on Sudan "we're too slow." LINK

ABC News: “Paladino Drops F-Bomb Talking About Holder” Gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino curses when talking about Eric Holder. LINK

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