The Morning Read: Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Michael Bloomberg compared America’s War of Independence with the current Iraq War, saying, “We’re the British,” but adding, “I’m not suggesting the motives are the same.”

During that interview, Bloomberg praised socialized medicine.

Overall, he said no presidential candidates have answers to America’s health care problems.

Bloomberg’s traffic plan got some tough questions at a public meting of the congestion pricing panel yesterday.

The congestion pricing panel will have public meetings in all five boroughs, plus Westchester and Nassau.

The report clearing Eliot Spitzer of criminal wrongdoing is criticized by Republicans.

Top aides to Spitzer and George Pataki were warned about the former Deutsche Bank building.

Joe Bruno warned that new driver’s license rules in New York may make it easier for non-citizens to vote.

Spitzer threatened to sue the Bush administration over health care.

Andrew Cuomo’s pick to serve on the new Commission on Public Integrity is getting criticized.

It’s getting more expensive to steal recyclables.

Bloomberg will stay at his own townhouse while in London this week.

Rudy Giuliani explains why he shifted on gun control after 9/11.

Dick Morris has questions for Hillary Clinton.

Former Newsday writer Larry Levy thinks Spitzer and the Republicans are mishandling the scandal in Albany.

Maureen Dowd thinks New York displayed a “hot blast of nastiness, jingoism and xenophobia” towards Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but should have demonstrated “cultural fluency, smart psychology and Reaganesque dialogue.”

And Bill O’Reilly is shocked at how civil black restaurant-goers are in Harlem.