Obama mission to Afghanistan, Romney’s mission to the Bloomberg Foundation

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In 2008, Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn't endorse anyone for president, didn't say who he voted for and said that as mayor, he was obliged to work with whomever was elected.

Yesterday, he met privately with Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who, unlike Bloomberg, opposes abortion rights, Planned Parenthood, and stricter gun-control laws. The two have more in common on economic issues, opposing higher taxes on the rich and limiting government spending, although they're not a perfect match there, either. (Bloomberg favors the Simpson-Bowles economic prescription, which involves quite a lot more taxation across the board than Romney wants.)

Bloomberg has no public schedule today. Tomorrow he's expected to release his budget for the city and news of that will bump up against whatever extra details reporters can extract from him about his meeting with Romney. Which City Hall may prefer, anyway.

Afghanistan

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Hours after Obama visited Afghanistan to sign a deal with President Hamid Karzi to withdraw troops but commit aide to the country, the Taliban launched several attacks. [Carol Lee and Dion Nissenbaum]

"[I]t remains far from certain that the Afghan government can hold its own against the Taliban with reduced American support." [Mark Landler]

One editorial board is "increasingly concerned" Obama has no plan to prevent that country from imploding once American troops withdraw. [New York Times]

A former White House official says it's Obama's critics who are politicizing the issue. [Richard Clarke]

2012

Romney sought Bloomberg's endorsement when they met for breakfast yesterday, despite their differences on issues like gun control. [Tina Moore and Jonathan Lemire]

The meeting took place at the Bloomberg Foundation offices on East 78th Street. [David Seifman]

They talked about the economy, immigration, education and gun control. [Felicia Sonmez and Philip Rucker]

The meeting with Romney comes after the mayor privately met with Obama officials in Washington. [Michael Barbaro]

Bloomberg didn't endorse anyone in 2008. [Justin Sink]

2013

"[Quinn] struck a blow for civility." [Daily News]

Bill Thompson initially opposed the "living wage" bill but now supports the version passed by Quinn and the City Council. [Sally Goldenberg]

NY-08

Retiring congressman Ed Towns' wife uses the car he pays for with taxpayer money. [Alison Gendar]

NY-13

The New York State Dream Act passed the Assembly but its future in the Republican-controlled State Senate is uncertain. State Senator Adriano Espaillat has said he'll work to get the federal version of this bill passed if elected to Congress. [Erica Pearson]

May Day

"A fringe group of "Black Bloc" protesters, did cause some trouble, attacking photographers and media…" [Marc Beja and Tim Herrera]

"[T]he NYPD filed the incident as harassment, because they couldn't see any visible injuries, although Sparig suffered a knot on the back of his head during the incident." [Carly Baldwin]

"There were no reports of damage to businesses, though a Starbucks at Union Square wouldn't allow new customers when the protesters arrived, locking the door." [Pervaiz Shallwani, Jessica Firger and Alison Fox]

"The daylong demonstrations featured several thousand protesters doing little more than snarling traffic in sporadic gatherings around the city." [Frank Rosario, Jamie Schram and Dan Mangan]

A man dressed as Jesus was … eye-catching. [Jen Chung]

City Council

Discretionary money doesn't appear to be distributed based on need. [David Seifman]

Quinn pulled discretionary funds from Councilman Larry Seabrook of the Bronx. [Sally Goldenberg]

Albany

A former Democratic assemblyman encourages Cuomo to legalize fracking. [Michael Benjamin]

The Republican-controlled State Senate voted to send $10 million in education aide to Republican-controlled districts. [Erik Kriss]

Republican state senator Andrew Lanza uses campaign money for some of his car payments. [Judy Randall]

Local

"[T]he hottest 'whodunnit political mystery in northeast Queens'" features Councilman Dan Halloran and State Senator Tony Avella. [Lisa Colangelo]

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