The Morning Read: Monday, October 15, 2007

The way Rudy Giuliani describes New York on the campaign trail across the country “would probably draw a skeptical reaction if he made it to many of his former constituents.”

Al D’Amato still doesn’t like Rudy Giuliani.

Robert Novak wonders why churchgoers like Giuliani.

New York magazine looks at young Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Bronx Democratic Assemblyman Michael Benjamin says legislators are “increasingly distrustful” of Eliot Spitzer.

Ben looks at the untraceable emails keeping the Obama-Muslim storyline alive.

The ‘Ray Kelly for Mayor’ story gets examined in the New York Times.

Mickey Carroll writes a piece on the topic in the Daily News on the same day.

Citizens Union gives the New York Times a look at a study at how City Council members use taxpayer dollars to buy advertising.

Fred Dicker reports that Eliot Spitzer is mad at Malcolm Smith and that Republicans are mad at Patricia Lynch.

Jacob Gershman, in the voice of Eliot Spitzer, mockingly writes, “My mistake was to have assumed that Malcolm Smith could handle the assignment without confessing everything to Fred Dicker.”

Liz has more on Greg Meeks hiring a “fitness consultant” to work as a “district aide” in his congressional office.

Mark Green writes that a storm is headed towards Republicans.

Christine Quinn outlines her fiscal policy.

George Pataki’s DMV commissioner doesn’t like Spitzer’s driver’s license policy.

A Republican county clerk says he’ll follow the policy.

The Shinnecock Indians want to get into the casino business.

Nooses aren’t covered in the current aggravated harassment law.

Michael Bloomberg’s ban on cell phones at school is unexpectedly creating a new economy.

The Daily News compares Larry Seabrook’s use of city funds for campaigning as a “pig at the trough.”

Quinn’s fiscal policies get a thumbs-up from the New York Times editorial board.

And the Financial Times editorial board says Al Gore shouldn’t run for president because his environmental policies “would demand far-reaching and even punitive changes in economic and foreign policy” which voters would probably reject.