The Morning Read: Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Rudy Giuliani said it’s “fundamentally irresponsible” to set a date-specific timeline to withdraw troops from Iraq.

Eliot Spitzer wanted to borrow millions of dollars and spend it on pet projects for legislators.

Bill Thompson said some landlords got tax breaks from the city they didn’t deserve.

The city may open a jail in Brooklyn and double its population within five years.

Andrew Cuomo issued a legal order requiring medical labs to get written consent before performing certain genetic testing.

Eliot Spitzer’s budget director, Paul Francis and Assemblyman Richard Brodsky of Westchester had a lively exchange about school funding.

State lawmakers delayed releasing a list of member items.

The Daily News combed through the state budget and found some pork.

Instead of $7,000, Con Ed is now offering $9,000 to businesses affected by the blackout.

Newsday’s editorial board supports the proposed $2 tax on cigarettes in Nassau, Suffolk and six other counties.

New Paltz Mayor Jason West’s runningmate is out of the race. [corrected]

New Jersey’s pension fund for teachers has some accounting issues.

John Edwards is gaining on Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.

“The same hardheadedness he displayed at Harvard permeates his prescriptions, which tilt away from the pie-in-the-sky toward the modest and achievable,” writes TNR’s Martin Peretz of the book written by his one-time Harvard student, Chuck Schumer [subscription].

And Keith Richards says he snorted his father’s ashes. UPDATE: Richards said he was joking.

– Azi Paybarah