A bill to loosen campaign finance rules gets pushed to 2013

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Briefing: Quinn and Bloomberg. (Spencer T. Tucker via flickr)
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Washington

Why Hillary Clinton is formidable in 2016. [Nate Silver]

The Republican whip in the Senate said $60 billion for Sandy relief is "an awful big bite to swallow." [Corey Boles and Michael R. Crittenden]

Kirsten Gillibrand is hosting another fund-raiser for another public advocate candidate. [Colin Campbell]

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Albany

Former Governor David Paterson went to town on State Senator Malcolm Smith. [Nick Reisman]

Former state comptroller Alan Hevesi is leaving jail tomorrow. [NY1]

Democratic Leader John Sampson draws the line against "watered down" bills. [Nick Reisman]

Andrew Cuomo posted two more months of his schedules. [CitizensConnect]

He also appointed most of a long-delayed tax commission. [E.J. McMahon]

2013 / City Hall

A senior editor at Fortune doubts Mitt Romney could get away with the business activities Michael Bloomberg is conducting while in office. [Dan Primack]

Bloomberg and Bloomberg BusinessWeek sometimes seem to coordinate. [Harry Siegel]

Proposed changes to the New York City campaign finance rules, which allow for more coordination between unions and campaigns, won't be voted on this year. [@Mnitzky]

Here's the legislation, which is supported by Council Speaker Christine Quinn. [Legistar]

Bill Thompson said the media unfairly painted his 2009 campaign as low-wattage. [Hunter Walker and Colin Campbell]

Some unions are grumbling about the lack of diversity in the citywide races, and hope public advocate candidate Letitia James can raise enough money. [Chris Bragg]

Ed Koch endorsed Melinda Katz for Queens borough president. [Inbox]

Virginia Fields endorsed Julie Menin for Manhattan borough president. [Inbox]

Rupert Murdoch wrote "INDEPENDENT" on his voter registration form, rather than checking the box that said, "I do not wish to enroll in a party." [Chris Bragg]

Life expectancy in New York City is going up, Bloomberg announced. [Henry Goldman]