Weekend in Review: Back-Channel, Mother’s Day, Sticky Wicket

Barack Obama has stopped talking about Hillary Clinton.

She is still publicly criticizing him, however.

As a "breakaway" strategy, the Obama campaign is apparently looking to win 51 percent of the popular vote.

Obama took the lead in superdelegate support after gaining nine endorsements on Friday and several more on Saturday,

Greg Sargent listened in on a private Clinton campaign conference call, during which a "surprisingly cheerful" Clinton alluded to "back channel talks" with the Obama campaign.

Terry McAuliffe says, on TV, that “something big would have to happen” for Clinton to win.

Clinton releases an ad starring Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame.

The guy John McCain appointed to run the Republican National Convention quit after Newsweek reported that his consulting firm has represented the military junta in Burma.

One thousand, one hundred people paid money to attend a "Mothers Day Fundraising Reception" with Chelsea and Hillary Clinton in Manhattan.

At the event, Charlie Rangel called Clinton’s comments about white voters “the dumbest thing she could have said.” Then he staunchly defended her right to fight for the nomination.

The New York Times editorial board thinks Clinton should stop fighting to seat delegates from Michigan and Florida.

Karen Tumulty considers arguments for and against the idea of Obama paying off Clinton’s campaign debt.

McCain proposed joint town hall-style campaigning with Obama this summer; Obama said he thinks it’s "a great idea."

McCain raised $1 million in South Carolina.

Ben Smith and Avi Zenilman profile Obama’s delegate guy, the "unsung hero" of his campaign.

The Seattle Times reports that young evangelicals are defecting from the Republican Party.

Juan Williams thinks Clinton "is right" about white voters.

The Fix writes a list of the top five V.P. choices for both Obama and McCain.

Jill Zuckman outlines the portrait McCain is painting of Obama.

Maureen Dowd says the issue of the fusion ticket is a "sticky wicket" for Obama.

John F. Harris and Jonathan Martin argue that the idea of a joint ticket is "nuts."

And then they argue that it isn’t.

Silly Obama said there were 57 states.

One report says that Vito Fossella is expected to resign.

But the Post reports that Fossella has told friends and colleagues that he plans to run again.

Peter King describes the behavior of other Republicans towards Fossella as "putting a knife in the back of a good guy who’s made a mistake."

According to the Daily News, neither of Fossella’s women are happy with him.

Brooklyn Paper joins the Staten Island Advance in calling for Fossella’s resignation.

Democrats are reportedly irked by how Steve Harrison has handled the Fossella debacle.

A Times Union investigation finds that Albany’s Legislative Ethics Commission is neither independent nor effective.

David Seifman reports that a program created to combat minority unemployment was "terribly tainted" by interference from City Council members.

Council member Diane Mealy tried unsuccessfully to steer $25,000 in funding to the block association her sister runs.

Dan Jacoby makes the case for abolishing member items.

Diane Cardwell says Christine Quinn inherited the budget problem she’s trying to fix, and that although Michael Bloomberg claims he didn’t know what was going on, "some mayoral budget aides have understood the practice all along."

Bloomberg’s budget cut funds that are needed to hire new police officers.

Kirsten Danis is skeptical of Bloomberg’s $2.1 million charter revision commission.

Bloomberg says the Hudson Yards project isn’t dead.

In London, Bloomberg offered advice to the city’s new mayor.

He sort of got the short end of the stick during the gift exchange, though.

The New York Times editorial board thinks David Paterson "has lost his zeal" for reform.

Bill Thompson skipped out on his divorce hearing to go to Ireland.

St. Vincent’s is making a hardship plea to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which recently ruled against the hospital’s expansion plan.

Jim Tedisco is pushing a petition to lobby for a gas-tax holiday.

The ferries set sail tomorrow!