The Morning Read: Thursday, August 2, 2007

Rudy Giuliani has a friend in Roger Ailes and Fox News.

FactCheck.org, an independent group, agrees with Giuliani critics that he failed to provide adequate radios to fire fighters on 9/11.

Dennis Gallagher, who is accused of rape, told a grand jury the sex was consensual.

Gallagher’s accuser disputes that notion.

A decision by the grand jury could be made shortly.

The district attorney in Albany is investigating Eliot Spitzer.

Spitzer said if he knew what his aides were doing, he would have told them to stop.

In a situation in Washington that is not entirely dissimilar, George Bush may claim executive privilege to prevent two aides from testifying before Congress [subscription].

Michael Bloomberg warns of financial woes.

Business tenants affected by the steam blast in midtown complain about the slow pace of cleaning up the mess.

The state Department of Education has no mechanism to detect misconduct in school lending, despite major investigations in that area recently.

The death of two subway workers earlier this year was due to lax safety procedures, according to a new report.

City and state lawmakers want to crack down on tinted windows.

Joe Bruno has an op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal blasting Spitzer.

The New York Times editorial board is paying “anxious attention” to Murdoch’s ownership of the Wall Street Journal.

The New York Post is happy the Albany district attorney is investigating the governor.

Newsday’s editorial board wants Spitzer to testify under oath.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle editorial board says Andrew Cuomo should be the special prosecutor in the Spitzer case.

And The Press Sun-Bulletin thinks Spitzer needs to answer more questions about tracking Joe Bruno.