The Morning Read: Tuesday, July 24, 2007

“Candidates frequently lapsed into their talking points, and there was little actual debate among them,” reports Patrick Healy and Jeff Zeleny on last night’s Democratic debate.

It was “the best debate yet” and the winner was John Edwards, according to Roger Simon of The Politico.

The fallout from the attorney general’s report, which is critical of two of Eliot Spiter’s top aides, “threatens to derail his entire legislative agenda,” says the New York Times.

Spitzer was not questioned by investigators and said he didn’t kwno what his aides were up to.

Spitzer didn’t follow his own advice about achieving business success, namely, “Never put anything in an e-mail.”

The New York Post recounts its role in the Spitzer saga, noting they worked “through the Fourth of July holiday.”

An unnamed Democratic Assembly member said they wouldn’t be surprised if Spitzer didn’t run for re-election.

Spitzer is in “his most vulnerable position since taking office,” reports the New York Sun.

A top Republican strategist said Joe Bruno, who was cleared of wrongdoing in that report, may take action against Spitzer.

Republicans in the state Senate may want more information about the loan Spitzer's 1998 campaign received.

The Inspector General is still looking into the actions of another Spitzer aide because of allegations that he bullied a Public Service Commission member to vote a certain way.

Hiram Monserrate will introduce a bill to create a New York City resident identification card.

Sharpe James, the former mayor of Newark, pleaded not guilty to corruption charges.

Dan’s Paper is sold to an Ohio-based company for $19 to $20 million.

Gay marriage advocates are sending their old shoes to Joe Bruno.

The New York Times editorial board reminds Spitzer that his “lofty goals” can be “easily tarnished.”

The Daily News notes that Spitzer aides were trying to expose Bruno’s abuse of famously porous rules about using state-funded transportation.

The New York Post editorial board says Spitzer will spend “a very long time” living this down.

The New York Sun says it’s a strong start for Andrew Cuomo.

And The Times Union editorial board said “the very governor elected to change the culture of state government now embodies the worst of it.”