Elsewhere: A Shorter, Dumber, and Shriller Political Discourse

Details of Obama’s visit to Schenectady are out.

Steve Levy was slapped with a subpoena.

And Pedro Espada was slapped with yet another indictment, this time for tax evasion.

CKatz and Azi had some kind of Twitter war.

New York’s budget hole is equal to the amount its taxpayers spend on the Afghan War.

Ed Cox says that Andrew Cuomo stole his clothes.

New rules adopted by the Republican-controlled House will hurt the MTA.

Rudy Guiliani’s foremost supporter over at The National Review cautions against another run, calling it a terrible idea which will be rewarded by swift failure.

Next American City checks in Adrian Benepe

Craig Fehrman: Whether running for president of the United States or for city council, politicians can count on seeing their words broken into ever smaller and more fragmentary bits. You might debate whom to blame – asked about nine-second sound bites, one TV executive replied, “the politicians started it” – but you can’t dispute the trend. In recent presidential elections, the average TV sound bite has dropped to a tick under eight seconds. A shorter, dumber, and shriller political discourse, it seems, has become another hazard of modern life.