The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, November 1, 2010

Nov 1, 2010 3:16am

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

ELECTION 2010

REPUBLICANS
ABC News’ Rick Klein: “'World News' Political Insights — Coast-to-Coast Strategy Positions GOP for Takeover” Republicans are entering the campaign's final stretch poised to sweep back into power in the House of Representatives, with historic gains likely to stem from a broad political strategy that's aligned itself with the national mood. LINK

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: “Republicans Counting on Write-In Lisa Murkowski Over Joe Miller in Alaska” A high-level GOP source tells me that party leaders have essentially given up on Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller and are now banking on a victory by write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski as the best bet for Republicans to keep the Alaska Senate seat. LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: “Obama prepared to dust off veto pen should GOP take the House” President Obama is ready to flex some muscle by using the veto pen if Republicans win back a majority in the House. Democrats and White House aides said that Obama is prepared to wield his veto pen and effectively stare down Republicans should they have a successful Election Day. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Vauhini Vara: “Senate Democrats Target Murkowski” The Senate Democrats’ campaign arm has long been spending money in Nevada and Delaware to counter tea-party favorites Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell. But until recently, the committee had stayed out of the Senate race in Alaska, where Joe Miller beat incumbent Lisa Murkowski in the August Republican primary. LINK

Politico’s Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei: “Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Sarah Palin” Top Republicans in Washington and in the national GOP establishment say the 2010 campaign highlighted an urgent task that they will begin in earnest as soon as the elections are over: Stop Sarah Palin. LINK

The St. Petersburg Times: “Today on the trail: Republicans rally, Democrats pray and Crist keeps smiling” A boisterous crowd of 700 Republicans with "Fire Pelosi" stickers on their shirts packed a Sarasota jet hangar Sunday, hoping to launch their statewide ticket to a sweep of Florida's top political offices. LINK

DEMOCRATS
Bloomberg’s John McCormick, Heidi Przybyla and Lisa Lerer: “Obama, Biden Make Final Pitch to Help Save Democrats in Election” President Barack Obama made his final campaign-trail pitch to voters as he asked for support in helping his party retain control of Congress, while Republicans predicted an historic election sweeping incumbents from office. Obama appeared yesterday with Vice President Joe Biden in Cleveland in what was his last stop on a four-state swing to try to stem a potential loss of his party’s majority control in tomorrow’s elections. LINK

The NY Daily News’ Katheleen Lucadamo: “President Obama leads the fight for Dems as Election Day looms Tuesday” President Obama on Saturday urged those who put him in power to vote for fellow Democrats on Election Day, declaring the fight for change incomplete. LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “Jobs, economic security top issues before midterms” Joseph Halter grew up here in what he calls a "manufacturing mecca," where companies such as Republic Steel and Hoover vacuums provided jobs for the masses. LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “Parties Ramp Up Appeals on Last Weekend of Campaigning” Republicans made their closing argument on Sunday for capturing control of Congress, assailing President Obama as a champion of wasteful and excessive government, as Democrats countered that returning power to Republicans would embolden corporations and the wealthy with disastrous results for middle-class Americans. LINK

The Denver Post’s Allison Sherry: “Bennet: ‘Momentum and history are on our side” Sen. Michael Bennet spent the weekend canvassing western and southern Colorado in a 72-hour, 17-town tour in a big, red bus where he labored to draw stark contrasts between him and his Republican opponent and beseeched loyalists to be foot soldiers in order to narrow the gap in early turnout. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Andrea Estes and Michael Levenson: “Candidates try to scare up votes” Fred and Ben Simpson will not vote tomorrow, but when they showed up at Governor Deval Patrick’s house last night dressed as Harry Potter and a robot, they still got the full charm treatment: a handshake, a smile, and most importantly, a handful of Skittles, Snickers, and Twix. LINK

CAMPAIGN FINANCE
The LA Times’ Time Hamburger and Kim Geiger: “In 2012, campaign finance trends expected to grow” The 2010 congressional campaign ending Tuesday has been marked by a flood of unregulated, often secret campaign money that has transformed the political process, challenged the role of political parties, and sharply increased the power of wealthy individuals and groups on both the right and left. LINK

Newsweek’s Ezra Klein: “More Money, More Problems” The 2010 election cost more than $4 billion—a staggering sum. It’s large enough that some of my colleagues, like Daniel Gross, have wondered if, in a weak economy, we shouldn’t have elections every year. “Quantitative electioneering,” he calls it. LINK

OTHER
The Boston Globe’s Bryan Marquard:  “Theodore Sorensen, JFK’s aide and wordsmith, dies” Theodore Chaikin Sorensen, whose prose mingled with the thoughts and words of his close friend John F. Kennedy to create some of the most memorable presidential speeches of the 20th century, died yesterday. Mr. Sorensen’s wife, Gillian, said he died in a New York City hospital of complications from an Oct. 22 stroke. He was 82.  LINK

The Washington Times’ Joseph Weber: “Small business looms large as coveted vote bloc” In a divisive season of "tea party" and "sanity" rallies, one constituency in particular has emerged as an interest equally and universally coveted by Democratic and Republican candidates: the nation's small-business owners. LINK

The Washington Post’s Neil Irwin: “Federal Reserve’s, Bernake’s credibility on line with new move to boost economy” The Federal Reserve is preparing to put its credibility on the line as it rarely has before by taking dramatic new action this week to try jolting the economy out of its slumber.  LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO
ABC News: “Obama: Bomb Scare a 'Credible' Threat” President Obama in statement says the packages "contain explosive material." LINK

ABC News: “Tracey: 2010 'A Colossal Avalanche of Advertising'” Evan Tracey of CMAG talks about advertising in 2010 elections on "Top Line." LINK

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