The Morning Read: Thursday, September 13, 2007

Here’s a look at the man allegedly at the center of a pension fund scam, political consultant Hank Morris.

New rules require companies to disclose who they pay fees to before doing work with the state comptroller.

Eliot Spitzer’s aide Darren Dopp won’t go along with a subpoena from the state Ethics Commission.

Dopp’s lawyer said the request was "outside the realm of reason.”

The Daily News editorial board thinks Dopp should talk under oath.

Disgraced Democratic fund-raiser Norman Hsu got $40 million from ripping off investors.

The Manhattan district attorney is looking into Hsu’s financial activities.

Joe Bruno said Spitzer’s recommendation on who should run the state’s horse racing franchise won’t be “the final product” approved by the legislature.

Law professor Bennet Liebman said Spitzer’s horse racing plans have problems.

Charles Gargano left his job at the Port Authority.

MoveOn.org got a discount from the New York Times to run the General Petraeus ad.

Andrew Cuomo wants better monitoring of home health aides.

Here is more about the four judges suing Spitzer for pay raises.

Democratic pollster Dough Schoen writes that Rudy Giuilani risks stalling out by “losing both Iowa and New Hampshire before heading to what could be a decisive set of primaries and caucuses in Nevada and South Carolina.”

Ben writes that “Sen. Barack Obama and former senator John Edwards face a challenge: Do they risk criticizing Bill Clinton while taking shots at his wife’s record?”

Barack Obama is sticking with his adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, who has supported critics of the Israel lobby.

Lenora Fulani wants to organize a debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

The calorie fight between City Hall and the restaurant industry continues.

Is Jim McGreevey skirting his child support payments?

And Legislators in Plattsburgh want Spitzer to remove an elected official there.