The Morning Read: Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Financial Times describes the “opprobrium” following a Clinton staffer’s Drudge-alleged circulation of a photo of Barack Obama in traditional Somalian clothing.

A new New York Times/CBS poll shows Barack Obama has wide support, but John McCain is seen as more ready to be president than either Democratic nominee.

McCain said he still has to convince American’s about his Iraq strategy.Howard Dean has a plan for deciding the Democratic presidential nominee, sort of.

Michael Bloomberg unveiled a system of filing medical records electronically.

Bloomberg defended McCain against the New York Times story about his alleged relationship with a lobbyist.

Anthony Weiner still opposes Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan.

Supporters of the plan launched $500,000 worth of ads yesterday.

Republican Will Barclay will appear on the Independence Party line in today’s special election.

There’s some backlash to subprime mortgage assistance.

Joe Bruno is confident he’ll stay in power.

Frank Padavan wants rezoning in Auburndale.

Get ready for a lot of races in 2009.

The St. Pat’s for All Parade is Sunday.

A lesbian couple married in Canada is getting divorced in Manhattan, a first.

Pakistan limits access to YouTube.

If Democrats take over state government, prepare for “a period of infighting, backstabbing, and dysfunction that makes Albany’s current turmoil appear genteel, collegial, and manageable,” writes Davidson Goldin.

Mike Lupica isn’t happy with Clinton.

Gideon Rachman calls Obama “vacuous” and wonders if his rhetoric will devolve into something out of a Peter Sellers speech.

David Brooks defends McCain’s record, and writes, “He has challenged the winds of the money gale.”

E.J. Dionne, Jr. thinks McCain still has lobbyist issues.

Bill Hammond doesn’t like the abortion bill in Albany.

On Ralph Nader’s presidential bid, Bob Herbert writes, “It’s a painful state of affairs for those who know how much he has meant to the country.”

The New York Post editorial board opposes Spitzer’s plan to sell land near the Javits center, saying the governor is “looking for the quick buck.”

Asia Times goes with an unfriendly headline.

Bloomberg didn’t say hello to Donald Rumsfeld at dinner recently.

And Maggie Haberman has a story about how politics can turn messy. The Morning Read: Tuesday, February 26, 2008