The Morning Read: Thursday, February 15, 2007

Rudy Giuliani said “Yes, I’m running.” Also: “You’ve got to change the whole strategy” in Iraq.

Major crimes in NYC public schools are up 21 percent.

The Times explains why Joe Bruno gave only nine roses to Eliot Spitzer yesterday.

Hillary Clinton agreed to pay a South Carolina lawmaker’s consulting firm up to $10,000 a month shortly before that lawmaker endorsed her for president.

$4 million in transit workers checks have been hoarded by the Transit Authority, according to union officials.

The Daily News takes a swipe at the New York Times’ account of Cesar Borja’s work at Ground Zero, and slaps the Post for an Osama-Obama typo.

In an op-ed, PBA president Pat Lynch said cops are quitting not because of the starting salary, but the salary cap for veterans.

Henry Stern says if Eliot Spitzer beats Sheldon Silver and Joe Bruno, he’ll be off to the White House.

Republicans in Croton lost their ballot line.

The FBI is investigating gifts given the Republican governor of Nevada [subscription]

And an aide to Clarence Norman explained to a jury how ripping down an opponents posters creates “voter empowerment.”

– Azi Paybarah