The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, November 28, 2011

By Jacqueline Fernandez

Nov 28, 2011 6:00am

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates Jacqueline Fernandez and AmandaVan Allen  

PRESIDENT OBAMA
The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Carol E. Lee: “Obama Swing-State Visits Surpass Presidential Record” When President Barack Obama jets to Scranton, Pa., Wednesday to promote his jobs package, he’ll log his 56th event in a presidential battleground state this year, putting him well ahead of President George W. Bush’s record-breaking swing-state travel in 2003.Mr. Obama’s extensive travels this year have opened the president to criticism from Republicans that he is intertwining campaigning and governing at a time when he has called for bipartisanship on intractable national problems. Most of the cost is typically born by taxpayers. LINK

NEWT GINGRICH/ MITT ROMNEY
ABC News’ Rick Klein: “‘World News’ Political Insights — Gingrich Positioned as Romney Alternative” The Republican Party’s search for the anti-Romney may be over. And it could end in a familiar place for the GOP. Against all odds and all political judgments, it’s Newt Gingrich still standing alongside Mitt Romney for front-running status, just five weeks before the first votes of the GOP primary season. LINK

The Hills’ Josh Lederman: “Gingrich may have key endorsement but Romney still holds the edge in NH” Newt Gingrich locked up the support of New Hampshire’s most influential newspaper, giving his fledgling campaign a new jolt of legitimacy as the former House Speaker works to establish himself as the only viable alternative to Mitt Romney. The editorial board endorsement by the New Hampshire Union Leader on Sunday was also a blow to Romney ahead of the state’s first-in-the-nation primary on Jan. 10, where the former neighbor-state governor is relying on a wide-margin win to propel him through other early-state contests. LINK

The New York Times’ Trip Gabriel: “Gingrich Eager to Be More Than an Anti-Romney” For Newt Gingrich this is when it gets serious. After a surge that has brought his candidacy back from a punch line, it is time to translate the free-floating support as measured by polls into donations and a grass-roots organization that will turn out voters in early states. LINK

USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich: “Newt Gingrich wins key endorsement in New Hampshire” The New Hampshire Union Leader‘s endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Sunday boosts the candidate, who has already seen a steady rise in the polls. It also may signal that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is not a lock to win the Jan. 10 primary. The editorial, which ran on the paper’s front page Sunday, attributed the decision to endorse Gingrich to his record as speaker of the House and demonstrated ability to work across the political aisle despite ideological differences. LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: “Newt Gingrich’s chance to narrow GOP field” Months of speculation about whether the GOP race would eventually come down to two candidates may finally be coming to an end. If Newt Gingrich can seize the opportunity. LINK

OTHER
The Washington Times’ Luke Rosiak: “Most GOP bundlers still sitting on sidelines” Members of the Republican money machine that powered presidential elections from their time as “Rangers” for George W. Bush are betting almost entirely on Mitt Romney, but a large majority has so far sat out of the 2012 race altogether. The role of these donors has only been heightened as loosened campaign-finance laws mean some “bundlers” who affected previous races by gathering contributions from equally wealthy colleagues have instead given massive amounts directly. LINK

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