Elsewhere: Benedict's Protectors, Dean's Attackers, Cuomo's Targets

Vito Fossella is leading New York Republicans in a defense of the Pope.

Howard Dean would like John McCain to apologize for what Tom Tancredo said about the Pope.

Hillary Clinton bundlers Hassan Nemazee and Robert Zimmerman don’t think Dean is being productive.

Foreign policy heavyweights and former Senators Sam Nunn and David Boren endorse Barack Obama.

Which, as Ben points out, means the Obama message is sinking in with the Unity ’08 crowd.

Robert Reich endorses Obama too.

Clinton gets a superdelegate, too.

McCain’s modest tax returns, Ambinder notes, don’t account for any of the Cindy money.

Jon Corzine says losing in Pennsylvania would be a “door closer” for Clinton.

A new Indiana poll has Obama leading Clinton 50-45.

New York State tax collections went down more than spending.

Malcolm Smith says winning the majority of the State Senate is all about Joe Addabbo.

The Working Families Party thinks it’s also about Kemp Hannon and Caesar Trunzo.

Andrew Cuomo is expanding his BOCES probe.

Observer Beijing bureau chief Tom Scocca goes in search of a shower.

And above is Michael Bloomberg making the (compelling) case that this year’s presidential debates are mostly about theater, and laughing off a question from Azi about whether he’d ever consider hosting one.

UPDATE: Eliot Brown reports that the Bloomberg administration is pressing ahead with its plans for Willets Point, and that the Council is not pleased.

Elsewhere: Benedict's Protectors, Dean's Attackers, Cuomo's Targets