City Hall plans a parade, and two former officials weigh in against an inspector-general plan

Briefing: Bloomberg, a Giants fan. (Spencer T. Tucker via flickr)
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The big Giants win last night means there will be a parade tomorrow and lots of talk about football today, as City Hall and lots of opportunistic New York elected officials get in on the fun.

As always, however, there is such a thing as pushing it: The Post reports that Rep. Greg Meeks used his access to face-value Giants tickets to raise campaign cash.

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There's a parade tomorrow. [Sally Goldenberg]

The Department of Sanitation is ready. [@NYCSanitation]

Cuomo is ready to party. [Twitter]

2012

Gingrich is running out of money and opportunities to stage a comeback, but he's vowing to keep campaigning. [Associated Press]

He may even be in danger of being eclipsed by Santorum as Romney "conservative" opponent. [Steve Kornacki]

Obama's campaign team spends a lot of time obsessively watching and tweeting about Romney. [Helene Cooper]

Obama now has a clear edge in polls, thanks to a perception that the economy is improving. [Dan Balz and Jon Cohen]

2013

Stringer's speech was meant to position him as the "defender of the middle class." [Jill Colvin]

"I mean, she’s clearly supporting me for mayor," Stringer jokingly said, explaining why Quinn attended his speech. [Page Six]

Liu met with donors during work hours. [Tina Moore]

NY-13

Deja Vu: Another Super Bowl, another congressman in trouble. [Tom Wrobleski]

NY-6

Rep. Meeks bought Giants tickets not available to the public and turned around and sold them to raise campaign money. [Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein]

SD-27

A tabloid editorial page hits Fidler for his parking perks. [New York Post]

Bloomberg

“'My ability to promote certain things — candidates, issues, whatever — is limited because of my job,' the mayor said." [David Seifman]

"Just call him Tax-Hike Mike" [Gerry Shields]

The mayor used his appearance before the Super Bowl to press for stricter gun control. [Alison Gendar]

Albany

Senate Republicans threaten to withhold support for Cuomo's budget and casino plan if he vetoes their gerrymandered redistricting map, creating the kind of gridlock and dysfunction Cuomo claims to have eliminated. [Fred Dicker]

NYPD

The former head of the Department of Homeland Security and Bill Clinton's former director of Intelligence reject a plan to create an inspector general's office for the NYPD, defend the movie The Third Jihad and say "The NYPD and the mayor’s office should cease relations with CAIR as well." [Tom Ridge and James Woolsey]

Mortgage Probe

Schneiderman and California's attorney general signal that they see progress on the national settlement deal. [Shaila Dewan and Nelson Schwartz]

Education

Cuomo's "gubernatorial muscle" may be the only way a meaningful teacher evaluation program gets passed. [Daily News]

Movies

Gerard Depardieu will play Dominique Strauss-Kahn. [dnainfo]

Images

A former City Council candidate and fireman from lower Manhattan scores a touchdown. [Paul Newell]

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Little Giant cupcakes. [Vanessa Branco]

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"Eastern Parkway at 5 a.m. Full moon." [Mary J. Simon]

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