More Countrywide Loans, Michelle Obama and the G.O.P.

Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad, both senators, took mortgages from Countrywide that reportedly raise legal and ethical questions. [Portfolio]

Michael Scherer wonders what they were thinking. [Swampland]

Carrie Budoff Brown looks at Michelle Obama as a target for Republican attacks. [Politico]

Colin Powell might vote for Obama. [Globe and Mail via Ben]

Susan Davis wonders about the power of Ron Paul. [W.S.J.]

It’s National Pigeon Day, and Tony Avella is celebrating. [Post]

Dutch Kills rezoning is pretty much inevitable. [Queens Crap]

Christopher Hitchens addresses the controversy over the redevelopment of St. Vincent’s Hospital. [Vanity Fair]

Meghan McCain becomes a Republican. [CNN

Joe Bruno expects a bailout for O.T.B. [Albany Watch]

The Gowanus hotel district continues to expand. [Brownstoner

More Countrywide Loans, Michelle Obama and the G.O.P.