The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, August 5, 2011

Aug 5, 2011 4:00am

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associate Jacqueline Ng Fernandez and Desk Assistants Amanda VanAllen and Ben Waldron

The New York Times’ Michael Cooper and Megan Thee-Brenan: “Disapproval Rate for Congress at Record 82% After Debt Talks The debate over raising the debt ceiling which brought the nation to the brink of default, has sent disapproval of Congress to its highest level on record and left most Americans saying that creating jobs should now take priority over cutting spending, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll. A record 82 percent of Americans now disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job — the most since The Times first began asking the question in 1977, and even more than after another political stalemate led to a shutdown of the federal government in 1995. LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “A hamburger today for $2.4 trillion tomorrow” President Obama took his debt team out for burgers at Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, giving new meaning to the "Popeye" character Wimpy's catchphrase "I'd gladly pay you Tuesday, for a hamburger today." The White House said the outing, at which the president consumed a meal of about 1,700 calories, was a reward for the debt team's "nonstop" work over the last few months as they worked out a deal with Capitol Hill to extend the government's borrowing limit. LINK

LA Times’ Paul West: “Obama supporters already on the attack for 2012 election” The stock market plunge highlights a challenge President Obama faces in his quest for a second term: With a recovery that is anemic at best, he probably will be forced to run on something other than his economic record. Already, the outlines of a hard-nosed reelection campaign are emerging. Using surrogates to distance the president from the effort, his team is pushing back hard against criticism of his handling of the economy. LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Democrats brace for jobs report after stocks plunge on Wall Street Democrats are bracing for the jobs report due Friday morning from the Labor Department, knowing their political futures rest on the economy over which they have little control. A disappointing jobs report for July could be a painful second blow coming a day after the Dow Jones industrial average plummeted by 512 points. LINK

The Washington Posts’ Phillip Rucker: “Some states’ push for earlier GOP primaries creates chaos for Republican leaders” In an otherwise obedient Republican Party, these are the problem children: Officials from a handful of states, including Arizona, Florida and Michigan, who are plotting to hold their 2012 presidential primaries or caucuses earlier than the GOP’s new rules permit so they can make their states more relevant in the nominating contest. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Monica Langley and Patrick O’ Connor: “Behind a GOP contender’s Iowa Surge” To understand why presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has surged in Iowa, watch when she is handed a baby. On a recent stop here, she took off her bracelet, dangled it before the infant and cradled him while he teethed on the pearls. During another campaign appearance, Ms. Bachmann climbed down from the stage to take the hands of a woman who asked a question, holding them as she answered. Meeting a teenager with Down syndrome, the Minnesota congresswoman swept him up in a hug, then signed his T-shirt. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Mark Arsenault: “Romney law team likely to hit conservative chord” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has assembled a cast of judicial advisers heavy with ties to the George W. Bush administration and with icons of the political right – a lineup that is likely to score points with social conservatives. One cochair of what Romney calls his Justice Advisory Committee is former Appeals Court justice Robert Bork, a martyr of conservative legal thought whose 1987 nomination to the Supreme Court was sunk by liberals. LINK

USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich “GOP hopefuls sniping at rivals within the party.” It took about six months for Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment to become but a distant memory. One by one, GOP presidential candidates, and some who are still on the sidelines, have checked "thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican" at the door as they turned their barbs away from President Obama and directed them toward each other. LINK 

ABC News’ Amy Bingham and Jonathan Karl: “FAA Shutdown: End In Sight For 13-Day Stalemate” After 13 days of political stalemate over funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, lawmakers announced today a deal to end the shutdown that has sent more than 75,000 workers and contractors home without pay. Tomorrow the Senate will pass the temporary FAA funding bill that the House passed two weeks ago. LINK 

Politico’s Joseph Williams and Scott Wong:  “FAA shutdown to end with deal, Harry Reid says” House and Senate leaders on Thursday brokered a “bipartisan compromise” over Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization, ending – if only temporarily – a two-week standoff that had sidelined 4,000 FAA employees as well as 70,000 construction workers involved in airport improvement projects and cost the government tens of millions of dollars in uncollected revenue from the airline industry. “This agreement does not resolve the important differences that still remain,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in a statement announcing the deal. LINK 

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