Must Reads

The Independent Rundown, November 1

The day’s essential reads for independents and centrists.

11.01.12 11:03 PM ET

Independent Nation gives you 5 must-reads for independents and centrists:

1. “A Vote for a President to Lead on Climate Change,” at Bloomberg View.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, writing for the opinion page that bears his name, threw his support behind President Obama Tuesday, writing in an op-ed that the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Sandy “brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief.” After publicly floating the idea of a run of his own, the billionaire spent much of the cycle letting both major-party candidates court him, while accusing them both of failing to lead on a host of issues. Even in his endorsement, he takes a hard shot at Obama, saying that "as president, he devoted little time and effort to developing and sustaining a coalition of centrists, which doomed hope for any real progress on illegal guns, immigration, tax reform, job creation and deficit reduction."

2.”Our American Endorsement: Which One?” in The Economist.

With a shrug of its venerable shoulders, The Economist said in its endorsement of Barack Obama that the incumbent may not be perfect, but he’s better than the other guy.

3. “Chrysler Exec Tweets That Donald Trump is ‘Full of (Expletive)’ Over Jeep Accusation,” in The Detroit Free Press

Donald Trump took a black eye from a Chrysler executive on Thursday who said the relentless self-promoter was fibbing through his teeth when he repeated a Romney campaign ad claim that Chrysler was planning to outsource its Jeep production to China.

4. “Could Presidential Polls Be Wrong About Obama’s Battleground Edge?” at The Huffington Post.

With just five days left in the 2012 campaign, can battleground polls give us an accurate read on which way voters are leaning?

5. “All About the Math Now in Ohio,” at The Daily Beast.

As Obama maintains a slim lead in Ohio, the state has become an arithmetic problem for both campaigns, writes John Avlon.