The Morning Read: Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Negotiations over the $700 billion bailout are ongoing; congressional leaders on both sides are skeptical.

Both Barack Obama and John McCain are talking about the agreement, but both are avoiding specifics until a bill gets to the Senate.

Sarah Palin has yet to have a single press conference or take questions from reporters; McCain has not had a press conference with national media since August 13.

Expressing extreme disapproval of McCain, George Will references Alice in Wonderland.

Palin might, after all, actually participate in the investigation into her conduct.

Assemblyman William Boyland of Brooklyn was paid by the same hospital that paid Anthony Seminerio.

Michael Bloomberg may increase taxes.

And he’s still “flattered” by the third-term talk.
 
Without the major financial firms here, future economic booms and downturns might not be so extreme, according to The New York Times.

Republican congressional candidate Sandy Treadwell thinks Andrew Cuomo is “absolutely the wrong person to head the S.E.C."

The New York Sun continues to highlight Chuck Schumer’s early support for deregulation.

The Times Union editorial board criticizes Kirsten Gillibrand for not urging Charlie Rangel to leave his committee chairmanship.

The New York Post editorial board responds to Rangel’s latest insult.

Dan Squadron’s challenger is an openly gay Republican named John Chromzak.

Republican congressional candidate Bob Strainere was nominated for a judgeship–which his spokesman said was a surprise–potentially paving the way for Vito Fossella’s return.

A Bronx “Judge Gone Wild” is now on television.

Brad Lander said he probably won’t run for City Council if Bill de Blassio seeks re-election.

Bill Hammond wants David Paterson to put more effort behind ethics reform.

Bob Kappstatter says Jose Rivera’s showdown with Carl Heastie on Sunday hinges on turnout.

The M.T.A. is planning service cuts.

Sam Roberts says goodbye to “white flight.”
 
A former Assemblyman got a $140,000-a-year job with the state.

Nicole Gelinas has a warning about the city’s debt.

City Hall cops saved a baby yesterday.

Joe Biden said his campaign’s ad deriding John McCain for not knowing how to use a computer was “terrible.”

The real Sarah Palin is coming to New York today.

The fake Palin was here yesterday.

And the Obama campaign is trying to ship away at McCain’s Irish support.

The Morning Read: Tuesday, September 23, 2008