The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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

PRESIDENT OBAMA: ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “ Obama to Channel ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Populism on Bus Tour” President Obama says his three-day bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia is about selling his jobs plan to the American people. But the battleground-state road trip is just as much a test drive of Obama’s messaging for his re-election campaign. Obama will likely use his stump speeches to tap into the populism of the Occupy Wall Street protests, expressing solidarity with Americans’ economic frustrations while emphasizing his efforts to enact financial regulations that Republicans have opposed. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Nicolas and Lisa Mascaro: “ Obama urges Congress to pass jobs bill in ‘bite-size’ pieces” Bowing to political necessity, President Obama pushed Congress to pass his jobs plan in “bite-size pieces” that might prove tougher for Republican lawmakers to reject than the $447-billion package voted down by the Senate last week. Obama’s advisors had initially presented the jobs plan as a take-it-or-leave-it proposition. But that strategy collapsed last week after Senate Democrats failed to muster the 60 votes necessary to break a filibuster and force a vote on a plan that has become the centerpiece of Obama’s agenda. LINK

2012 ELECTIONS: USA Today’s Jon Ostendorff: “ Obama on road in N.C. to push agenda” President Obama kicked off a three-day bus tour here Monday by saying he will send Congress his $447billion jobs bill in multiple parts, starting with a request for more jobs for teachers and police. Congress has, so far, not supported Obama’s plan. “Maybe they just didn’t understand the whole thing,” he said. “So we are breaking it up into pieces.” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Alison Gendar: “ Herman Cain beats President Obama in latest poll with another GOP debate on tap” Herman Cain enters the Republican presidential debate Tuesday night with soaring poll numbers – and a bull’s-eye on his back. Republican rivals will be hustling to knock Cain down a peg, likely by targeting his “9-9-9? tax plan and probing his grasp of federal policy. LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker and T.W. Farnam: “ In Campaign 2012, Web sites are the new real estate” That day, Mitt Romney’s campaign spent $2,851 buying the rights to various domain names at, the vendor that sold the Perry domains.You might assume it was Romney’s team that scooped up the anti-Perry Web addresses with hopes of launching sites attacking Romney’s chief rival for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. LINK

Politico’s Reid J. Epstein: “ Iowa sets caucuses for Jan. 3“The Iowa caucuses will be Jan. 3, state Republican Chairman Matt Strawn announced after a Monday evening conference call of the Iowa GOP’s Central Committee that set the date. The announcement leaves New Hampshire as the last state to announce the date of its presidential nominating contest. LINK

G.O.P.: The New York Times’ Jennifer Steinhauer and Steven Yaccino: “ G.O.P. Freshman’s Fiscal Message Clashes With His Finances” There is Representative Joe Walsh, a freshman from Illinois, deriding his colleagues once again for their poor stewardship of the economy. During the debt ceiling debate, Mr. Walsh took to the airwaves to call President Obama a liar for suggesting that the nation might default. Just the other day, Mr. Walsh held court at a Tea Party rally, complaining that Republican leaders in Congress had “been there too long” to understand how best to deal with the nation’s daunting fiscal issues. LINK

The Washington Times’ Seth McLaughlin: “ ’9-9-9' tax plan raising Cain, doubts” Herman Cain’s signature “9-9-9? tax-reform plan has been the battle cry accompanying his meteoric rise through the Republican presidential ranks. But political insiders in New Hampshire say the simple formula that has helped propel his candidacy also could derail it. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald F. Seib: “ Romney’s support broader than it seems” Mitt Romney is caught in one of those classic bad news-good news situations. The bad news is that he seems stuck in the polls, winning something like a quarter of the Republican presidential-primary vote. The good news is that he has held remarkably steady at roughly that level month after month, against a varying cast of potential and real opponents, while others took wild rides up and down the popularity roller coaster. He is the Steady Eddie of American politics, circa 2011. LINK

HEALTHCARE: The Hills’ Julian Pecquet: “ New healthcare fight is joined as administration’s 2010 law implodes” Congressional Republicans on Monday called for the immediate repeal of a major component of the 2010 healthcare reform law as the issue blew up in the administration’s face. The seemingly unworkable long-term care benefit contained in the health overhaul has been indefinitely shelved, quickly triggering a new offensive from GOP lawmakers that is expected to put congressional Democrats in a politically awkward position. LINK

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