The Morning Read: Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg’s budget director said that the governor’s budget would create an $862 million shortfall for NYC.

Ken Raske and Dennis Rivera pen an op-ed letter today asking if Eliot Spitzer really has a plan to cover uninsured New Yorkers.

The letters exchanged by Spitzer and hospital lobbying groups are here.

Ryan Sager returns to the New York Sun with a bloggy website about politics.

246 36 city lobbyists and 428 of their clients face fines for not registering with the city clerk.

Rudy Giuliani said he’ll campaign in Iowa next month, but declined to say much more about his family.

Barack Obama invested $50,000 in two companies whose major investors included his biggest political donors.

The Times editorial board said the conviction of Scooter Libby shows the administration cherry-picked favorable info about Iraq, and wasn’t duped by faulty intelligence.

The Post editorial board wants to free Scooter Libby.

And the Politico published a criticism from Media Matters accusing them of excessive coziness with Washington Republicans.

– Azi Paybarah