The Morning Read: Thursday, June 21, 2007

The federal government “misled” Lower Manhattan residents about the contamination there after the 2001 terrorists attacks, according to a GAO report.

Hillary Clinton got a cool reception at a gathering of the anti-war left.

The Washington Post looks at Hillary’s inner circle.

Michael Bloomberg’s aides have studied an independent presidential run for two years.

Bloomberg’s candidacy could strain his relationship with Rudy Giuliani.

Which is a conflict that has been in the making for some time.

Bloomberg’s run would hurt Democrats the worst, says the DC Bureau Chief of the New York Post.

Democrats and Republicans in congress agree that Bloomberg probably wouldn’t win a presidential race if he ran.

Bloomberg didn’t pledge to serve out the remainder of his mayoral term.

People seem more interested in Bloomberg than the Unity08 vehicle he may need in order to run.

The man behind Bloomberg’s potential bid, from the beginning, was Kevin Sheekey.

Eliot Spitzer is trying to resolve disputes over congestion pricing, legislative pay raises and campaign finance reform before the legislative session ends.

Christine Quinn’s legal aides say she has the authority to fire staffer Viola Plummer over Plummer’s “assassination” remark.

John Liu is trying to attend 32 school graduations.

Osama Bin Laden may have chartered a flight to get some Saudi nationals out of the United States right after the September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks.

The New York Post editorial board just wants Bloomberg to say whether he’s running.

And the Times editorial board hopes Bloomberg can force presidential candidates to tackle big issues.