Sunday Reading: Changing Election Rules, Donating Gifts to Bloomberg

By artist Shane Bennett. (photo credit: Angel Chevrestt)

Middle East: Criticizing Obama’s “tone-deafness” on strategy, not policy. [Alan Dershowitz / NY Daily News]

Medicaid: Obama lawyers say individuals can’t sue if reimbursement rates prevent them from getting access to health care. [Robert Pear / NY Times]

Campaign Money: Judge declares ban on corporate contributions illegal; ruling from criminal case involving Hillary Clinton donors. [Nicholas Confessore / NY Times]

DSK: Putin defends him; Kirstie Alley lives next door to him. [NY Post]

2012: “I once saved Hillary Clinton’s life,” said Giuliani. [Ginger Otis / NY Post]

Divorce: Rep. Steve Israel of Long Island who chairs the DCCC, and his wife, a judge, are divorcing. [Geoff Earle / NY Post]

Voting Rules: GOP push photo ID requirement and fewer days for voting; Dem Gov Association fighting back. [Lizette Alvarez / NY Times]

NY26: Hochul looking to buy, or rent, a home in the district. [Robert McCarthy / Buffalo News]

Probes: Editors praise Schneiderman’s investigation of Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. [Times Union]

Probes: With huge profits, Schumer wants oil refrainer investigated. [NY Post]

Cop Acquittals: “The danger just has a prettier face these days,” says one woman. [John Leland / NY Times]

Disclosed: Bloomberg paid at least $1.5 million in taxes and earned $4 million from investments. [Michael Barbaro / NY Times]

Taxes: For co-ops and condos, their taxes “would definitely go down,” said Council Finance Chairman. [David Seifman / NY Post]

Duos: On climate change, Clinton ceded power to Bloomberg, who has a lot of money. “[N]ational and international governments have failed, possibly quite permanently,” said Sheekey.

Budget: Bloomberg doesn’t want to charge cultural groups more taxes, but his aides are moving forward with plans to do just that. [David Seifman / NY Post]

School Salaries: SUNY presidents paid a lot; cars, housing, golf-club memberships. [Cara Matthews / Democrat and Chronicle]

Ethics: Editors want Cuomo to oppose Medical malpractice bill pushed by two Assembly Democrats and opposed by Common Cause. [NY Post]

Gifts: Warhol-inspired art, Paul Simon lyrics and a Mario Cuomo book among the things in Bloomberg’s “gift closet.” [Annie Karni / NY Post]

Hacked: Weiner’s Twitter and Facebook account compromised; lewd photo sent. [Alison Gendar / NY Daily News]

Hacked: Spokesman said Weiner ignored warning saying his password was changed. [Ginger Otis / NY Post]

Hacked: “Tivo shot. FB hacked. Is my blender gonna attack me next?” [Anthony Weiner / Twitter]

Robocalls: Editors want Schumer and Gilllibrand to stop the “harassment by overzealous campaigns.” [Democrat and Chronicle]

Smoking: Bronx lawmaker wants ban at state park. [Candice Giove / NY Post]

Unwanted Endorsements: Niagra Falls mayoral candidate said he didn’t want GOP backing that went to rival. [Mark Scheer / Niagara Gazette]

Cross Endorsement: Conservatives back Democrat Mark Schroeder for Buffalo comptroller. [Buffalo News]

Cross Endorsement: A Democrat suggests backing GOP Donovan for re-election. [Tom Wrobleski / SI Advance]

Unions: Construction worker salaries aren’t what’s driving construction costs up, says union boss. [Gary LaBarbera / NY Daily News]

Timing: 35 percent rise in average response time for filling potholes in NYC. [Jennifer Cunningham / NY Daily News]

Traveling: Weiner to Wisconsin next week. [Twitter] Sunday Reading: Changing Election Rules, Donating Gifts to Bloomberg