The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, September 26, 2011

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

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates Jayce Henderson, Jacqueline Fernandez and Desk Assistant Amanda VanAllen

PRESIDENT OBAMA: The Hill’s Sam Youngman: “ On West Coast Trip, Obama raises cash energizes liberal base” President Obama traveled West on Sunday in search of campaign funds and an energized base. With the third-quarter filing deadline looming this week, the president was attending seven fundraisers Sunday in Seattle and San Jose, Calif., blasting Republicans at every step. LINK

Los Angeles Times’ Seema Mehta: “ In Indiana, ripples of discontent with Obama” Since her husband lost his job at the RV factory, Lorena Rodriguez has been holding tag sales on the dry lawn outside their modest ranch house on the edge of town. LINK

USA Today’s David Jackson: “ Obama: GOP policy would ‘cripple’ U.S. economy” President Obama kicked off a three-day Western swing today by telling donors in the Seattle area that Republican candidates advocate “an approach to government that would fundamentally cripple America in meeting the challenges of the 21st century.” LINK

GOP: ABC News’ Rick Klein: “ Chris Christie Buzz More Symptom Than Remedy for GOP” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was so committed to not running for president that he joked earlier this year that the only thing he could do to prove he’s serious would be to kill himself. LINK

ABC News’ John Hendren: “ Mitt Romney, Rick Perry Called ‘Very Weak Frontrunners’” As the Republican presidential lineup takes shape, party elites are increasingly voicing a common theme: disappointment. “These are very weak frontrunners,” Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard said today on Fox News. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Joseph B. White and Neil King Jr. “ GOP Looks for a Winner in Midwest Swing States” Republican Party officials and activists in Midwestern states say a GOP candidate can reverse President Barack Obama’s 2008 victories in the region. But they’re still trying to determine who has the best shot. Mitt Romney, a Michigan native and son of a former Michigan governor, has a home-field advantage and a feel for Midwestern political culture that some party officials say they prefer.   LINK

Politico’s Molly Ball: “ Perry revives Nevada caucuses” Rick Perry’s candidacy may be on the rocks after his shaky debate and straw-poll defeat in Florida. But in Nevada, the state that hopes to hold the third GOP primary contest of 2012, he’s already accomplished a major feat. Perry may have singlehandedly saved the Nevada caucuses LINK

SENATE / DEFICIT: The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes and Jennifer Steinhauer: “ As Sides Dig In, Panel on Deficit Has an Uphill Fight” As if expectations were not low enough for the special Congressional committee charged with writing a deficit-reduction deal, they seem to be falling by the day as the two parties harden their positions on spending and taxes. LINK

The Washington Post’s Rosalind Helderman and Paul Kane: “ Shutdown looms: Spotlight now on Senate after Boehner wrangled House GOP votes” With time running out, Congress returns Monday to try to pass a short-term funding measure to avert a government shutdown and avoid yet another market-rattling showdown over the federal budget. LINK

REGIONAL: The Washington Times’ Jim McElhatton: “ California Democratic Party among Solyndra’s creditors” Out of the hundreds of out-of-work employees, vendors, investors and other creditors in the bankruptcy of government-backed solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC, one name stands out: the California Democratic Party. LINK

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