Reservation Cigarettes Stay Taxless; Obama as Britney, Kerry and Malcolm X

A State Supreme Court judge dismissed a lawsuit from an upstate assemblyman that would have mandated the collection of taxes on cigarettes sold at Indian reservations. [Buffalo News]

Bill de Blasio is demanding more inspections of asbestos removal at the Public Place site. [Gowanus Lounge

“You can make Obama into Britney Spears, or John Kerry, or Malcolm X. I’m not sure you can make him into all three at the same time,” writes James Poniewozik. [Tuned In]

John McCain’s response to Barack Obama’s response to his ad “sounds like a statement that was planned before Obama said anything.” [Spin Cycle]

Eve Fairbanks sees Leni Riefenstahl’s influence on the McCain campaign’s anti-Obama imagery.[The Stump]

Joe Robach and Serf Maltese top Robert Harding’s list of state senators likely to be unseated. [The Albany Project]

A columnist mourns the result of suburb-focused regional planning in the Rochester area. [Rochester City Newspaper]

Reservation Cigarettes Stay Taxless; Obama as Britney, Kerry and Malcolm X