The Morning Read: Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Wall Street Journal editorial board is "mystified" by John McCain’s decision to suspend his campaign.

Chuck Schumer thinks it’s "very strange."

Sarah Palin might also suspend her campaign!

Now that McCain has said he won’t debate, and Barack Obama has said he will, "we wait to see which side blinks first."

George W. Bush said we could be in for a “long and painful” recession.

That includes job losses and bank failures.

Democrats got their way on one thing–the size of the bailout will be reduced.

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis has actually not severed ties with his lobbying firm, Newsweek reports.

Neither McCain nor Obama is offering real leadership right now, laments the New York Times editorial board.

Tom DeFrank isn’t sure whether McCain’s decision was "genius" or "lunacy."

Russell Berman says it puts McCain “front and center” of the bailout discussions.

An Alaska state representative thinks there may have been witness tampering in the Palin Troopergate investigation.

Asked by Katie Couric for specific examples of McCain being a reformer, Palin didn’t have any,

The new president of Pakistan just loves Palin

Warren Buffet to the rescue?

Both presidential candidates and congressional leaders will meet at the White House today.

A former top adviser to George W. Bush called McCain "energy illiterate." (via The Vine)

Eliot Spitzer revealed that Teddy Roosevelt is his favorite New Yorker in a Q&A with Time Out.

The Willets Point redevelopment plan passed the City Planning Commission, but will likely be killed off by the City Council.

Michael Bloomberg said job cuts aren’t eminent.

Bloomberg spent $19 million worth of member items.

A big portion of that money went to Simcha Felder, Bill de Blasio, and Domenic Recchia.

Steve Cuozzo says David Paterson doesn’t have a clue about anything at Ground Zero.

Republicans in the State Senate are on the defensive, thanks to that Siena poll.

The results are mixed, says Joe Spector.

Republicans are “perilously close” to losing their majority.

It all hinges on two close races, says the A.P.

A former aide to Alan Hevesi has a new job.

Legislators discussed Sam Hoyt’s troubles yesterday at an ethics committee meeting.

Kirsten Gillibrand wants more oversight in the bailout legislation.

And a Wisconsin company names a paint kit “Furious Mike” after the mayor.

The Morning Read: Thursday, September 25, 2008