Morning Read: ‘Not as Enticing as Whoopi Goldberg’

“NY1 reached out to Lady Gaga for a comment, but did not receive a response.” (Photo: Getty)

NY1 reports: “While attending the Monday launch of a campaign focused on getting teens away from drugs and alcohol, Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro singled out entertainer Lady Gaga for her alleged drug use, and called the international pop star a ‘slut.'”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke in Midtown yesterday, and struck a few political notes. “One of the issues that I have been preaching about around the world, is collecting taxes in an equitable manner… especially from the elites in every country,” she said at one point. Watch her full speech here.

Maybe all those Democrats were onto something when they expressed skepticism about GOP Rep. Michael Grimm‘s burglary and computer-tampering allegations. According to The New York Times, “a law enforcement official said on Monday night that police experts had examined the campaign’s computer systems and concluded that nothing had been erased or tampered with.”

Siena released a new poll on the race between Mr. Grimm and his Democratic opponent Mark Murphy that found Mr. Grimm leading 48 percent to 38 percent. However, at first blush, both candidates can probably find things they like in the crosstabs. For Mr. Murphy, he can point out that more undecided voters are Democrats and know the likely overstated Green Party support will melt come Election Day. Still, it’s clear he still has much work to do. For Mr. Grimm, he received solid support among Democrats, 35 percent of whom want to reelect him. The sample might be a touch Democratic to boot–President Barack Obama leads by 5 percent in a district that swung against him in 2008.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind continued ripping Mr. Obama on foreign policy. “The president has no time to meet with the Prime Minster of Israel, but he has time to do everything else,” he said. “He has time, it seems Prime Minister Netanyahu is not as enticing as Whoopi Goldberg or some of the other people that the president enjoys meeting with.”

Also touching on foreign policy, the New York Post‘s cover wasn’t especially subtle this morning, referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a “piece of shit.” But they spelled it “sh!t,” so it’s okay.

Don’t expect Brooklyn’s new Democratic leader Frank Seddio to be warming the hearts of the tabloid editorial boards anytime. Using a pretty bold Christmas-themed photo, the Daily News wrote, “Ho ho ho. Brooklyn boss Frank Seddio needs to come clean on the probe of his short-term judgeship.”

Michael Powell‘s latest Times column is on the city’s continued economic struggles and “the boasts of a mayor sweetly in love with his own fables.”

Morning Read: ‘Not as Enticing as Whoopi Goldberg’