The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, October 10, 2011

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PRESIDENT OBAMA: The Los Angeles Times’ Alana Semuels: “ Obama’s job-creation panel includes job-cutting executives“  In another public demonstration of concern about the struggling economy, President Obama will meet in Pittsburgh on Tuesday with the business and labor leaders he has chosen to counsel him on job creation.  But many of the chief executives have cut American jobs and adopted tactics that weaken organized labor — even as their businesses post record profits. LINK

“OCCUPY WALL STREET” / PROTESTS: ABC News’ Rick Klein: “ Democrats Seek to Own ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Movement” Occupation can lead to ownership, whether or not you want it. The spread of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement was met with initial hesitation in both the Democratic and Republican parties. That might be an appropriate response to any protests that aim themselves squarely at the establishment, particularly those with goals that are diverse and diffuse as the current protesters’ are. LINK

The Washington Times’ Ben Wolfgang: “ Parties see protests as two sides of coin” In 2009, where Democrats saw an unruly mob, Republicans saw patriotism. In 2011, where Republicans see an unruly mob, Democrats see patriotism. That was the “tea party.” This is the “Occupy” movement. LINK

GOP: The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “ After Rocky Start, More Study, and Sleep, for Perry” Gov. Rick Perry of Texas struggled through his first three debates, so his aides have staged practice sessions, complete with a stand-in for Mitt Romney. He has stirred outrage among conservatives on immigration, so he is defending his stance on the campaign trail as good economics. LINK

The Washington Post’s Perry Bacon Jr.: “ A key bloc of GOP voters agrees only on disliking Mitt Romney” There is a key bloc of Republican voters whose ambivalence has turned the GOP nomination contest into an erratic mix of roller-coaster ride and dating game. They flirted with Donald Trump and then embraced Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) before jumping on and off the Rick Perry bandwagon. At different times they yearned for Govs. Mitch Daniels of Indiana and Chris Christie of New Jersey and, always, some have cast a longing eye in the direction of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Patrick O’ Connor: “ Romney Deflects Questions on Faith” For all the words spoken about Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith over the past few days, the Republican presidential candidate offered only six indirect lines of his own, telling an audience of mostly Christian activists that “poisonous language” doesn’t advance the conservative cause. Mr. Romney employed the scalpel approach to safeguard the public image he has sought to build, centering almost entirely on his credentials to turn the economy around. LINK

USA Today’s Cathy Lynn Grossman: “ Republican candidates distance themselves from Mormon remark” Republican presidential candidates stayed away from a Southern Baptist pastor’s dig that Mitt Romney is not a Christian and that his Mormon religion is a “cult.” Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church of Dallas, who supports Texas Gov. Rick Perry, told reporters at the weekend’s Values Voter Summit that Romney is “a good moral person” but Mormonism “has always been considered a cult by the mainstream of Christianity.” LINK

OTHER: Politico’s Keach Hagey: “ NPR prepares for a new reality” The last time NPR hired a CEO, it poached her from The New York Times. This time, it looked to the makers of “Sesame Street.”  By selecting someone with virtually no newsroom experience but a long history of both defending the federal funding of public media and raising money, NPR signaled that the battle ahead will not be about journalism, but about survival. LINK

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