The Morning Read: Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The New York Times profiles Michelle Obama and quotes her saying, “Real change comes from having enough comfort to be really honest and say something very uncomfortable.”

Barack Obama is meeting with national security advisers and military people today.

George W. Bush is going to join John McCain in advocating a repeal of the offshore drilling ban.

David Leonhardt thinks there are some “big questions” McCain has to answer about his economic policies.

Eliot Spitzer testified under oath to the state Commission on Public Integrity after leaving office, reports Danny Hakim.

A bill that passed the State Senate would make many things exempt from FOIA laws.

Rudy Giuliani is going to Capitol Hill today.

Former Congressman John Sweeney and his wife are being investigated for an alleged kickback scheme involving Bill Powers’ lobbying firm, according to an F.B.I. subpoena obtained by Jim Odato.

The state is poised to get more money out of city O.T.B. than it did previously..

The New York Times editorial board hopes David Paterson can get Ground Zero development finished by 2011.

Metropolis magazine is unimpressed with the project’s architecture.

Michael Bloomberg announced a plan to redevelop the Bronx yesterday.

David Seifman writes, “Curiously, not a single elected official joined the mayor at the announcement."

Michael Goodwin thinks Paterson’s alleged attack on Bloomberg really did happen, was a calculated move, and will backfire.

Andrew Cuomo spoke to upstate residents yesterday.

Cuomo said he understands their frustration with state government and is “going to be part of the solution.”

Paterson doubts calling a special session of the legislature will accomplish anything.

The New York Post editorial board thinks Paterson can push harder for a property tax cap.

The Times Union editorial board thinks a cap isn’t going to happen.

But there are a lot of bills still on the table.

Folks in Wayne County are brainstorming for a solution to high property taxes.

George Marlin gives an unflattering history of one of Paterson’s new hires.

Education advocates don’t like how the city is allocating school aid from the state.

So much for those M.T.A. improvements.

The Daily News editorial board isn’t happy with the M.T.A.

There are some new voters in Florida.

And the Caribbean media in New York is frustrated.

The Morning Read: Wednesday, June 18, 2008