The Morning Read: Monday, June 23, 2008

Hillary Clinton made her first major public appearance in New York yesterday.

Barack Obama is reintroducing himself to voters as somewhat tougher.

Jewish lawmakers are helping.

Dorothy Wickenden thinks Obama is kind of a square.

Fareed Zakaria suggests some talking points for Obama about Iraq.

Sam Anderson says Obama should start on his convention speech.

Al Sharpton tells Geoffrey Gray, “Me and Obama, we cool.”

The New York Sun can’t wait for November.

Republican Congressional candidate Frank Powers died suddenly.

There are limited options for a replacement.

Vito Fossella won’t step back into the race.

Anthony Weiner isn’t taking money from special interests in his mayoral race, but is for his Congressional re-election.

David Paterson rejected a Republican plan to cap property taxes, writes Fred Dicker.

Time is running out to pass a cap this year.

Changes to the state’s brownsfield legislation are being negotiated.

A deal on pension reform was struck.

Michael Bloomberg is among the mayors honored for his work on the environment.

Richard Brodsky blames Bloomberg for stalling public authority reform. [third item]

There’s skepticism about the improved test grades Bloomberg will announce this afternoon.

A state tax official retired, moved to South Carolina, was quietly rehired and is currently working from home.

Gail Robinson says 2008 is a tough year for incumbents.

Jonathan Hicks chats with Anthony Como.

Yvette Clarke, Ed Towns, Anthony Weiner and John Hall didn’t fully pay their DCCC dues.

Ed Ott wants unions to raise standards for the city’s nonunion working poor.

Isaac Abraham said he’s not running for City Council “as a religious person.”

The City Council wants to tax hedge funds.

Insurgent Democrats want positions in the Brooklyn Democratic County Organization.

M.T.A. board member David Mack has a police-issued parking permit.

There has been 181 minutes of Iraq news on the network nightly news this year, compared to 1,157 minutes for all of last year.

The head of Thomson Reuters said, “For a long time, Bloomberg had it too easy.”

Protesting on City Hall steps requires an appointment.

Sam Roberts wades into the politics of dentistry.

And Weiner doesn’t want to talk about immigration with paparazzi from T.M.Z. The Morning Read: Monday, June 23, 2008