The Morning Read: Monday, July 14, 2008

In a New York Times op-ed, Barack Obama says he can have troops out of Iraq in 16 months, and adds, “After this redeployment, a residual force in Iraq would perform limited missions.”

Obama doesn’t like the satirical image on the cover of the New Yorker that portrays him as a fist-bumping terrorist.

In The New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg writes that the flip-flops Obama is accused of are really “mere shifts of emphasis, some are marginal tweaks, and a few are either substantive or nonexistent.”

Ryan Lizza looks at how Obama learned to be a politician.

Bill Clinton warned, “[W]e are in fact hunkering down in communities of like-mindedness.”

Seventeen of the top one hundred political donors live or own businesses in New York City.

Michael Bloomberg unveiled a new way to measure poverty rates in America, and according to that criteria, found that 23 percent of city residents are poor.

A greater percentage of the city’s elderly population are considered poor under Bloomberg’s formula.

No government currently uses the formula that Bloomberg unveiled, which is based on 1995 recommendations from the Academy of Sciences.

Two women who accused a former Sheldon Silver aide of sexual assault are supporting one of his challengers, Paul Newell.

David Paterson declared he raised $3.2 million, and is determined to run in 2010.

That’s roughly the same amount of money Eliot Spitzer raised after getting elected.

Paterson raised the money while adhering to the state contribution limits, which were much higher than Spitzer’s self-imposed limits.

Paterson’s director of communications makes more money than state chief Judge Judith Kaye.

Bloomberg donated $150,000 to the state Independence Party.

Randi Weingarten will now be in charge of the national teacher’s union, as well as the one in New York City.

Simcha Felder helped fund a newly founded charity run by influential rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum.

Bloomberg may get rid of the cabaret law.

Chuck Schumer said it’s not his fault a bank got taken over.

What is John Liu running for?

Tom Wrobleski looks at the crumbling G.O.P on Staten Island.

And The Syracuse Post Standard has a new blog.

The Morning Read: Monday, July 14, 2008