The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, September 27, 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: ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “ Obama: Time for ‘Arguments With Our Progressive Friends’” After weeks of taking the heat from key constituencies, and trying gently to calm them down, President Obama has adopted a more forceful tone, calling on members of his base to get in line. In a number of speeches over the past few days, Obama has publicly dismissed complaints from liberals over his handling of the economy, health care reform, and the environment, calling for unity at a time when he faces eroding popular support. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Alison Gendar, Nancy Dillon Kerry Burke and Mike Jaccarino: “ Bible-thumping heckler identified as David Serrano calls President Obama ‘the Antichrist’“  A bizarre Bible-thumping heckler called President Obama “the Antichrist” as the Secret Service dragged him out of a presidential fund-raiser Monday. The bearded young man, identified by the Secret Service as David Serrano, was standing in the front row closest to the stage at the House of Blues in Los Angeles when he began shouting, “Christian God is the one and only true living God, the Creator of heaven and the universe!” LINK

The Washington Post’s David Nakamura: “ Obama gets a feel-good moment on jobs package” Finally, an unemployed American whom President Obama was happy to hear from. During a town-hall style event here at the Computer History Museum, Obama was answering tough questions about his $447 billion American Jobs Act when he called on a man in sitting in the back row of the audience. LINK

The Washington Times’ Dave Boyer: “ Tax me more, millionaire tells Obama” At an online town hall meeting Monday, President Obama called on a wealthy audience member who had a question that was music to the president’s ears: “Would you please raise my taxes?” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Carol E. Lee and Jonathan Weisman: “ President Goes on the Attack Early” President Barack Obama has sharpened his line of attack against Republicans during a West Coast swing and injected himself into the GOP presidential-nomination fight, setting aside his plans to stay out of the 2012 campaign until an opponent is selected. At a fund-raiser in Silicon Valley on Sunday, Mr. Obama took direct aim at one of his potential rivals, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, criticizing his skepticism that there is a human connection to global warming. Mr. Obama also suggested in Seattle that Republican leadership would “cripple” the nation’s economic future. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib: “ Blue-State Math Is Boon to Obama, Target for GOP” Amid those dark political clouds overhead right now, President Barack Obama can console himself with this silver lining: The electoral map remains stacked in favor of him and his Democrats. In a close presidential election—and there is every reason to believe that 2012's will be—that is an important and often overlooked fundamental. It will affect the strategic decisions both parties make as the campaign unfolds. LINK

SENATE / GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: The New York Times’ Jennifer Steinhauer: “ Senate Reaches Deal to Avert Government Shutdown” The Senate reached a bipartisan spending agreement on Monday to avert a government shutdown, sidestepping a bitter impasse over disaster financing after federal authorities said they could most likely squeak through the rest of this week with the $114 million they had on hand. LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: “ Government shutdown avoided after Senate deal” Beginning to climb out of the hole they dug for themselves, House and Senate leaders agreed Monday night to take a series of steps intended to keep the government funded past Friday and defuse what’s become a partisan, even institutional fight over budgeting for disaster aid. The new plan — which won prompt Senate approval on a series of floor votes — relies on enacting a short-term spending bill to keep agencies funded into early next week and having both parties put aside their differences on 2011 disaster funds since the fiscal year is almost over in any case. LINK

The Hills’ Peter Schroeder and Erik Wasson: “ Senate leaders strike a deal averting government shutdown” Senate leaders struck a deal Monday night that is intended to avert a government shutdown. Under a last-minute arrangement reached by the two parties, the Senate approved a bill, 79-12, that would fund the government for six weeks, through Nov. 18. LINK

USA Today’s Gregory Korte: “ Shutdown averted; disaster aid dispute surmounted” The Obama administration gave Congress a possible way out of its shutdown-threatening budget impasse Monday, saying it had enough disaster relief money to last through Friday. That word allowed the Senate to vote for a straightforward short-term spending plan allowing the government to operate at least until next week — but without $1billion in additional disaster aid.  LINK

GOP / 2012 ELECTIONS: Los Angeles Times’ Michael Finnegan: “ Perry faces immigration hurdles in Iowa” Less than two months into Rick Perry’s presidential candidacy, a record on illegal immigration that served him well politically as a border-state governor is proving a tough sell with voters looking toward Iowa’s Republican caucuses this winter.  It came up unbidden in the crowd of neighbors waiting recently for the Texas governor to drop by Uncle Nancy’s Coffeehouse in Newton, the former corporate home of the washing-machine giant Maytag. LINK

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