The Morning Read: August 22, 2006

A Times examination of city pension funds show politically connected unions scoring pension enhancements in Albany that New York City is required to pay for.

Andrew Cuomo makes amends in Harlem, Charlie Rangel calls him “sincere.”

Yvette Clarke wins the backing of 1199 SEIU and 32BJ: “Officials of both unions said they plan active campaigns before the Sept. 12 Democratic primary, in which roughly 100,000 people are expected to vote.”

Mike Bloomberg is on his way to Ireland, like Kennedy the Sun notes, to dedicate a monument in Ballymote to New York’s Fighting 69th.

Candidates for attorney general will face off again on Thursday, without Andrew Cuomo.

The New Jersey U.S. Attorney has subpoenaed credit card records for Sharpe James after reports that he spent thousands at taxpayers’ expense.

And the Times makes John Liu a star. Sort of.

—Nicole Brydson