The Morning Read: Thursday, March 1, 2007

newt Gingrich said that Hillary Clinton is a “nasty woman.”

George Patkai appeared with John McCain during a campaign event in the city last night.

Rudy Giulani said he’ll appoint conservative judges if president, but he appointed liberal judges as NYC mayor.

John Edwards has already done America a “great service” by making poverty a major issue, Errol Louis says.

An agreement on detaining sex offenders after they’ve finished their jail term is expected.

The executive director of the state Ethics Commission is leaving his position.

Andrew Cuomo said that the lifetime health benefit payments authorized by two public authorities, and paid for by the state, were illegal.

Christine Quinn sided with Mike Bloomberg in opposing a Council bill easing city regulations on how fast food joints label the calorie content of their food.

Councilman Leroy Comrie said the recently-approved moratorium on the n-word carries a “moral persuasion.”

The Post editorial board defends Joel Klein, who got grilled by state lawmakers during a recent trip to Albany.

And the Wall Street Journal editorial board jumps in on that story about Al Gore’s electricity bill [subscription].

– Azi Paybarah