The Morning Read: Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney trail leading Democrats in fund-raising, indicating “a stark indication of a gap in enthusiasm and confidence between the two parties,” reports the New York Times.

Giuliani and Romney refused to respond to questionnaires sent to presidential candidates by the Daily News.

Hillary Clinton criticized George Bush’s commutation of Scooter Libby’s sentence.

Clinton’s pollster Mark Penn gets counter-sued for “eavesdropping” on a former employee who Penn says broke a no-compete clause in their contract.

Michael Bloomberg is among the business leaders who say they met with Joe Bruno for official business on days he’s accused of using state-funded transportation to also attend fund-raisers.

The search for remains of September 11th victims has expanded.

Plans for refurbishing Penn Station are about to change, and double in cost to $14 billion.

An economist asks, “has E-ZPass, for all its benefits, also made it easier for toll collectors to take your money?” and concludes the answer is yes.

The Sewell Chan wire has parking rules for motorists today.

The mayor of Los Angeles admitted to having an affair with a television reporter.

And in case you missed it, a columnist for Market Watch offers a tutorial on how reporters should cover the not-quite announced candidacy of Michael Bloomberg.