Morning Must Reads: Toward November

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–The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll depicts a fiercely anti-incumbent mood with just 32 percent of respondents saying they would re-elect their representative. The internals have some positive indications for Obama though with job approval and issue-specific approval ticking up.

–As I mentioned earlier, Tim Kaine is expected to unveil the Democratic message for 2010 today. Marc Ambinder nabs some highlights:

** We’ve gone from recession to recovery.
** We’ve made more progress in the war on terror in the last eight months than was made in the preceding eight years.
** We’ve strengthened our relationships with our allies around the world.
**Two million people or more have jobs today who wouldn’t have without the bold action taken by this President and Democrats in Congress.
** We have the first Latina and only the third woman ever on the Supreme Court.
**  We’re using science and fact in policy making instead of ideology and politics.

–Obama’s vaunted ’08 state directors are playing a big role.

–With the Republican Governors Association’s star on the rise, Jason Horowitz profiles 27-year-old executive director Nick Ayers.

–The GOP sees new hope in the northeast.

–Reid’s financial reform Make ‘Em Filibuster campaign stretches into day three. In that same link, Republicans circulate what they want: They’re arguing the CFPA shouldn’t stretch to smaller “main street” credit institutions, and Fannie and Freddie need to be addressed.

David Leonhardt makes the case for a permanent bank tax.

Juliet Eilperin gets a peek at the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman climate bill and lists 10 highlights.

Reid backs off on having immigration cut in line.

–Our colleague Michael Schuman writes financial crisis clouds are gathering over Europe.

–Jeb Bush keeps the political flame alive.

–Indiana Senate candidate Dan Coats is up on the air with his second TV spot and it’s all about ObamaReidPelosi. Susan Davis writes he may be trouble.

–And no one does populism, puns and profanity like the New York Post.

What did I miss?