The Morning Read: Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Barack Obama says he opposes the ballot initiative in California that would ban gay marriage.

Obama said both that he would support faith-based intitiatives, like those favored by George W. Bush, and that he would support those organizations’ right to hire and fire based on religion.

Wes Clark did not back down on what he said about John McCain.

Gail Sheehy writes the Clinton campaign obituary for Vanity Fair.

The Wall Street Journal sounds the alarm on Obama’s tax policies.

Having supported Hillary Clinton may be problematic for some members of Congress when September’s primaries arrive.

Descriptions of the conversation between Bill Clinton and Obama are fairly vague.

Kevin Powell explains his candidacy to City Limits; Ed Towns declines to discuss it.

The World Trade Center site won’t be ready
by the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The Port Authority said they need two more months just to assess how long construction will take.

Michael Bloomberg said there’s no money for an extravagant subway station at the site.

Chuck Schumer said it’s nice to start getting realistic information about W.T.C.

Anthony Weiner said Michael Bloomberg gets away with lackluster performance because “[h]e’s had a lapdog press corps.”

Kirsten Gillibrand’s aide is running for Joe Bruno’s seat.

Former City Councilman Dennis Gallagher was sued by the woman he was convicted of sexually assaulting.

Steve Levy wants the state to pay the county for some use of police.

Some Republicans are reconsidering that property tax cap.

David Brooks thinks the Democratic Party deserves some credit for Obama’s impressive fund-raising.

The New York Times editorial board is optimistic Cory Booker is making progress in Newark.

Evan Thies has an op-ed on city aid to schools.

Dan Garodnick has an op-ed in The Sun about the infrastructure.

And Howie Hawkins is running for office, again.