The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, September 5, 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 Jacqueline Fernandez, Jayce Henderson and Desk Assistant Amanda VanAllen

PRESIDENT OBAMA: The Hills’ Vicki Needham and Meghashyam Mali: “ Carney: Obama ‘putting the finishing touches’ on jobs speech” White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Obama was “putting the finishing touches” on his jobs speech to Congress. “The president has spent certainly a part of the weekend putting the finishing touches on his proposals and the speech,” said Carney speaking to reporters accompanying the president to New Jersey to tour areas damaged by Hurricane Irene. LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “ Obama actions choke ‘green’ backers” A slew of White House retreats on environmental issues has “green” voters seeing red – and threatening political consequences for President Obama in next year’s election. LINK

2012 ELECTIONS: ABC News’ Rick Klein: “ ‘World News’ Political Insights: Sarah Palin Wearing Out GOP’s Welcome Mat” If it’s possible to wear out your welcome in politics, you can wear out your welcome mat, too. Sarah Palin’s protracted flirtations with a presidential run took her to Iowa this weekend. She attacked President Obama, took at shot at what she called the “permanent political class,” and even outlined a tax plan she said was designed to revive American hiring. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Cathleen Decker: “ Obama strongly leads GOP candidates in California poll” President Obama’s standing has slumped among California voters, but he holds an expansive lead over potential Republican opponents, including two who have leaped ahead of the GOP presidential pack in California, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll has found. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney were tied at 22% among Republican voters. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Amanda Mikelberg: “ Poll: 71% of Republicans say they don’t want Sarah Palin to be GOP presidential candidate” Republican voters’ love affair with Sarah Palin has cooled, according to a Fox News poll. In the Sept. 1 poll, a whopping 71 percent of Republicans said they don’t want Palin, the 2008 vice presidential nominee, to run for President.   LINK

USA Today’s David Jackson: “ Candidate or not, Palin remains fierce Obama critic” Whether Sarah Palin runs for president or not, she seems destined to remain one of President Obama’s fiercest critics.”The truth is Barack Obama is adrift with no plan because his fundamental transformation is at odds with everything that make this country great,” Palin told a Tea Party rally this weekend in Iowa. LINK GOP: The New York Times’ Ashley Parker and Jeff Zeleny: “ Hopes Rising, G.O.P. Voters Seek a Winner” Roy Barbuto is on the hunt. For the past few months, he has been searching for the perfect Republican candidate, and he shows no signs of flagging. LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty and Jia Lynn Yang: “ Mitt Romney’s record in the ‘real economy’“  When Mitt Romney announces his job-creation plan in Nevada on Tuesday — a move timed to coincide with President Obama’s proposal two days later — he will be sending a message about far more than his policy positions. What Romney wants voters to see is who he is and what he has done. LINK

OTHER: Politico’s Joseph Williams “ Labor’s struggles: A report from the front” From 1997 until last week, Wilma Liebman served on the front lines of the labor-management wars. As a member and then chairwoman of the National Labor Relations Board, which polices workplace laws and unionization drives, she had a unique vantage point to witness organized labor’s fortunes wax and wane – but mostly wane. LINK

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