The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, October 7, 2011

By Jacqueline Fernandez

Oct 7, 2011 5:52am

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

The Washington Post’s David Nakamura and Scott Wilson: “Obama challenges Republicans to explain opposition to jobs bill” After crisscrossing the country for weeks pushing his jobs plan directly to the American people, President Obama turned his attention to congressional Republicans on Thursday, promising to target them in 2012 if they stand in the way of his economic agenda. LINK

New York Daily News’ Thomas Defrank and Corky Siemaszko: “President Obama on Wall Street protests: They express the frustration of the American people” A pugnacious President Obama said Thursday the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests in Manhattan express “the frustration of the American people.” LINK

The New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore and Ashley Parker: “Romney rounds Up Backing Among Key G.O.P. Donors” Mitt Romney appeared on Thursday to be rapidly consolidating support among some of the Republican Party’s most sought-after uncommitted donors, who have joined Bush administration veterans and other stalwarts of the Republican establishment in backing him as the Republican field settles. LINK

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: “Democrats Invoke ‘Nuclear Option’ in Senate” Democrats invoked the so-called “nuclear option” to change the rules in the U.S. Senate, bypassing Republicans and evading two difficult votes, including one on President Obama’s jobs bill. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Laura Meckler: “Democrats’ Populist Puzzle“  The Democratic Party is grappling with the promise and peril of the anticorporate populism of the Occupy Wall Street movement, seeking to tap its energy without opening the party to charges of class warfare. President Barack Obama, who has been sharpening his tone in recent weeks, endorsed at a news conference Thursday Senate Democrats’ plan for a 5.6% surtax on annual incomes of more than $1 million, pushed for the implementation of beefed-up financial regulations and criticized new bank fees.  LINK

Politico’s Maggie Haberman and Ben Smith: “Chelsea Clinton steps into the spotlight” The Next Clinton has arrived. Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, long a fiercely guarded ward of the Clinton circle, made her first tentative steps into the public eye during the later stages of her mother’s presidential campaign. She found, friends say, that she liked it. And so this fall has featured a carefully staged walk into the spotlight. LINK

The Washington Times’ Paige Winfield Cunningham: “Beefcake battle kicks off race for Brown’s Massachusetts Senate Seat” It didn’t take long for Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott P. Brown’s past as a naked centerfold in Cosmopolitan magazine to emerge as an issue in his likely re-election bout against Democrat Elizabeth Warren, President Obama’s former top consumer-finance adviser. LINK

Gabby Giffords’ Astronaut Husband RetiresLINK
Obama on the Occupy Wall Street ProtestsLINK
Bank of America Customer Protests New FeeLINK

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