The Morning Read: Thursday, June 19, 2008

Barack Obama announced, via video, that he’s not going to participate in the public finance system.

The New York Times considers the intersection of Obama’s need to control his image with his desire for a progressive campaign.

John McCain and George W. Bush are going to Iowa, separately, to look at flood damage.

Cindy McCain, who is currently in Vietnam, continues to harp on Michelle Obama.

Alessandra Stanley writes, “Mrs. Obama went on a popular television talk show to combat the notion that she is a little too authentic to be a first lady, while Mrs. McCain did it to undercut the image that she is too fake.”

John McCain wants 45 new nuclear power plants built in the U.S. by 2030.

Jim Rutenberg critiques the new MoveOn.org and laments, “[A]dvertisement fact-checking reports like this one are never viewed as widely as the spots themselves.”

Anheuser-Busch, which has donated to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, was subpoenaed.

Diane Gordon is out of jail, pending an appeal.

The New York Post editorial board called Andrew Cuomo “a pit bull against Medicaid fraud.”

Joe Bruno will side with David Paterson on the property tax cap.

The M.T.A. board struggles with its E-ZPass privileges.

Six Democratic Assembly members voted to block a bill they sponsored.

And Rick Karlin sums up the late-session bills that have passed in Albany.