The Morning Read: Monday, July 21, 2008

John McCain quietly met with Joel Klein over the weekend.

Joe Lieberman has an op-ed about education in the Washington Post.

While he was in New York, McCain also went to a Yankees game with Rudy Giuliani.

Barack Obama will arrive in Israel tomorrow and dine with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

He is spending today on the ground in Baghdad.

Obama played basketball (well) with troops in Iraq, and there’s video!

The A.P. reports that the Iraqi government intends to "exploit Obama’s position on the war to force the Bush administration into accepting concessions considered unthinkable a few months ago."

Some in the foreign press want more attention from Obama.

James Dobson may endorse McCain.

David Paterson will announce a program to offer low-interest student loans.

Paterson says next year’s budget will be tough.

At his first news conference as senate majority leader, Dean Skelos says he’ll work to pass a property tax cap.

Sheldon Silver is not on board with the idea.

“The divide between Mr. Skelos and the Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, over the governor’s plan appeared to be as wide as ever,” writes the New York Sun.

The relationship between Paterson and Malcolm Smith is strained, and Liz quotes a source saying, “You’re much more careful about biting the hand that feeds you if it feeds you. Right now, we don’t have that problem."

Grace Rauh previews Michael Bloomberg’s free trade event.

On 68th Street, the Rudin family offers a good deal on rent to the well-connected.

“Bloomberg’s big-government mind-set seems to be a victim of his own success (and Rudy’s) with welfare reform,” writes The New York Post editorial board

Chuck Bennett looks at other people with “subsidized digs” in Charlie Rangel’s building complex.

Charles Barron worked with the police to coax a woman out of her apartment.

Kevin Parker says he’s a victim of term limits.

Staten Island has a lot of new voters.

The city’s finance department ignored e-mails about parking tickets. The Morning Read: Monday, July 21, 2008