The Morning Read: Thursday, March 29, 2007

Eliot Spitzer, shifting from the Day 1 Everything Changes motto, said yesterday, “It takes a bit more than one budget cycle to get us down to the spending levels we want.”

“The record-high, $123 billion budget deal neither reforms nor reshapes,” according to Fred Dicker.

At a press conference yesterday explaining the budget, Spitzer was “stumbling through answers to basic questions,” according to Jacob Gershman.

But the budget does move the state towards reform, which was Spitzer’s goal all along, according to Newsday’s editorial board.

Lawmakers and the public should be given a chance to study the budget, according to the Times Union editorial board.

Rudy Giuliani and his wife will be interviewed by Barbara Walters tomorrow.

Giuliani, who was endorsed by Steve Forbes, backed the idea of a flat tax– something he opposed when he was mayor.

Mike Bloomberg said the timetable approved by Congress for withdrawing troops from Iraq was “untenable.”

Hillary Clinton was endorsed by the National Organization of Women.

A person who told a witness in the Sean Bell shooting to keep quiet was arrested.

The former Brooklyn judge on trial for bribery had some Machiavellian advice about power and perception.

35 Nassau officials will lose their take-home vehicles.

And voter fraud is a myth, according to the Brennan Center’s Executive Director Michael Waldan and Justin Levitt, an attorney there.

– Azi Paybarah