The Morning Read: April 2, 2007

Hillary Clinton raised $26 million; Barack Obama is expected to announce he raised $20 million.

Which is not enough of a gap to “presage the lopsided primary contest some expected as recently as late last year,” writes Ben.

Mike Bloomberg is worth about $13 billion, roughly double what was previously thought.

From Fortune magazine’s colorful profile of Bloomberg: “When he tells jokes, he does not crack a smile but snaps them out like little rifle shots.”

Most of the 400,000 uninsured kids in New York will now qualify for state-backed health insurance.

$308 million in state aide the city lost this year will be restored next year.

Long Island seems to have gotten a disproportionate amount of new state aid for schools.

Jacob Gershman, writing on the editorial page, said Spitzer’s mistake was not proposing a more austere budget in January.

E.J. McMahon agrees.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo fired Clarence Norman’s wife, who got her job there while Eliot Spitzer was the AG.

The newly elected gay politician from Staten Island is dating a construction worker.

The Daily News editorial board defended the NYPD surveillance leading up to the Republican National Convention in 2004.

Former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik reportedly rejected a plea deal from federal prosecutors.

Rev. Al Sharpton is not running for president.

The bid for the Tribune Company was reportedly won by Chicago investor Sam Zell [subscription].

While still a Republican state Senator in Westchester, Nick Spano steered a $100,000 contract to the head of county’s GOP chairman.

And Donald Trump’s hair participated in Wrestlemania.

– Azi Paybarah