The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday September 24, 2012

Sep 24, 2012 3:38am

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 www.abcnews.com

Compiled by ABC News’ Carrie Halperin and Jayce Henderson

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

The Washington Times’ Kerry Picket: “Obama to denounce anti-islam film at UN as Muslim leaders call for anti-blasphemy laws“ President Barack Obama will address the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday and according to USA Today, he will focus on the “recent unrest in the Muslim World” within his remarks:  President Obama will address “the recent unrest in the Muslim world” in his speech Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly, the White House is saying. LINK

Bloomberg’s Jeanne Cummings: “Obama Controls Most of His Money as Republicans Have More” Not every political dollar carries the same value, and by one measure the Republicans’ financial edge in the presidential race is less formidable than it appears. Entering September, Mitt Romney, the Republican National Committee and two sympathetic super-political action committees had $165 million in cash — and the former Massachusetts governor had direct control over less than a third of it, or $50 million. LINK

MITT ROMNEY:

ABC News’ Rick Klein: “‘World News’ Political Insights: Shifting Ground Beneath Mitt Romney’s Campaign Adds to Challenges” Mitt Romney is looking for traction in a race that’s seeing the ground shift beneath his feet. The normal difficulties of finding the campaign’s “reset” button are complicated by more than a series of losing news cycles, verbal gaffes, and party infighting. LINK

Politico’s Ginger Gibson: “Mitt: Obama at fault for fundraising focus” Mitt Romney on Sunday night sought to lower expectations for his first debate performance, push back at some attacks from Democrats and shift the blame for a campaign schedule some have criticized as light to President Barack Obama. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Brian MacQuarrie: “First debate called critical for Mitt Romney” After months of sniping from a distance, President Obama and Mitt Romney are nearing the unsparing crucible of one-on-one debates that could alter the dynamics of the presidential campaign. For Romney, particularly, the stakes are enormous. After a month of missteps and missed opportunities — from his convention speech, to his reaction after the US ambassador’s death in Libya, to a video in which he described nearly half the country as government-dependent “victims” — Romney faces three debates in the national spotlight, beginning Oct. 3 in Denver, that could bolster or bury his chances. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Patrick O’Connor and Carol L. “Romney Plans Full Slate in Latest Reboot“  Mitt Romney will pick up the pace of his campaigning this week and stress policy proposals that he believes would put more Americans back to work, such as cracking down on Chinese trade practices, pursuing more free-trade agreements and increasing domestic oil and gas production. The approach, which focuses on the practical implications of Mr. Romney’s policies, comes as other Republicans are urging the GOP presidential nominee to take the fight more assertively to President Barack Obama and be more specific about his plans to boost the economy. LINK

PAUL RYAN:

The New York Times’ Trip Gabriel and Jonathan Weisman: “Conservatives Want to ‘Let Ryan Be Ryan’ on Campaign Trail” Representative Paul D. Ryan’s selection as the Republican vice-presidential nominee is now yielding something Mitt Romney’s campaign can do without: second-guessing about how Mr. Ryan is being put to use. LINK

2012 CAMPAIGN:
The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold: “Obama, Romney leave some battle lines fuzzy” It looks and feels like a presidential contest, but at times it sounds like a national experiment in mind reading — a great guessing game about the country’s future. The two campaigns insist that voters are about to make a momentous decision between sharply divergent visions for American life. But the candidates have largely failed to provide specifics about those visions, leaving voters to guess about the consequences of their choice. Almost half the voters say they want to know more about President Obama’s plans for a second term, and almost two-thirds want to hear more about what Mitt Romney would do differently. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Maeve Reston: “Obama, Romney tangle on foreign policy in ’60 Minutes’interviews” President Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, tangled over their varying approaches to foreign policy in dueling “60 Minutes” interviews that aired Sunday, with the president brushing off Romney’s charge that he has been weak on national defense and charging that if Romney “is suggesting that we should start another war — he should say so.” LINK

The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Kevin Bogardus: “Romney, Obama share visions for the nation on ’60 Minutes’“President Obama and Mitt Romney sat down with CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday evening, offering their competing visions for the nation in separate, wide-ranging interviews.  With 44 days to go till Election Day, both Obama and Romney fielded questions in previously recorded interviews on topics from the economy to foreign policy during the news program’s entire hour. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:
Mitt Romney: Obama ‘Trying to Fool’ Voters“ LINK
Mitt Romney and President Obama Prepare to Face Off“ LINK
Paul Ryan: ‘We Must Lead in Space’“ LINK

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