Morning Read: Ideological Baggage

Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team, tasked with cutting $2.85 billion, has some suggestions.

An Iraqi defector who was a key informant in the run up to the Iraq war said he made things up.

Barack Obama admitted his budget isn’t adequate, and called on Republicans to work with him.

Andrew Cuomo’s budget would give him broad investigative powers, which could set up a clash with Eric Schneiderman.

Teachers unions and education reformers are readying themselves for the fight over which teachers get fired.

New York’s education commissioner suggested that “last in first out” could soon “become moot”.

Christine Quinn’s State of the City focused on red tape, with a bit of budget balancing.

Quinn in some cases broke with Michael Bloomberg, and some observers think she’s looking to 2013.

A tax cap on local governments is stalled in the Assembly until the budget is finished.

Bernie Madoff said people in the finance industry must have known about his Ponzi scheme.

Top New York judge Jonathan Lippman wants stricter conflict of interest rules for judges accepting donations.

New York City moved to dismiss a federal Medicaid fraud lawsuit.

A poll finds that a majority of likely primary Republicans are birthers.

An audit of NARAL Pro Choice New York’s former raised some red flags.

A proposal to borrow $130 million for Niagara Falls area public schools was defeated.

Mary Jane Shimsky’s victory preserved a Democratic supermajority on the Westchester County Board of Legislators.

Connecticut governor Daniel Malloy is not a Chris Christie fan.