The Morning Read: Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Ben looks at Hillary Clinton’s gender-based campaign.

Hillary Clinton notes that the South Carolina state legislator who endorsed her shortly after she hired his consulting company has been a supporter of hers since 1992.

Eliot Spitzer said he’ll do everything he can to get federal approval to build casinos in the Catskills.

The Times editorial board wants Spitzer to tackle global warming.

Spitzer is using leftover money from his predecessor to pay for special projects in Democratic state Senate districts, according to Jacob Gershman.

In a profile, Ray Hernandez notes that freshman Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand of upstate has a hectic schedule which already includes a campaign fund-raiser.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker told voters in his city he can turn public schools around faster than Mike Bloomberg did in NYC.

Construction on the Atlantic Yards Project may start today.

A prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office was suspended after she gave confidential information to her fiance, a private defense attorney.

Former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. may be making $3 million a year in his new job with Merrill Lynch. (Second-to-last item.)

XM and Sirius agreed to merge.

And Former Senator Phil Gramm makes the case for John McCain [subscription].

– Azi Paybarah