The Morning Read: Monday, October 22, 2007

Jim Rutenberg reports that the Clinton campaign is cultivating a highly useful relationship with the Drudge Report.

Hillary Clinton is using Dick Durbin against Barack Obama.

Glenn Thrush follows the story of Clinton’s contributions from Chinatown.

Andrew Cuomo writes a piece in the Baltimore Sun about student loans.

Officials at the state Board of Elections have concerns about Eliot Spitzer’s driver’s license plan.

Fred Dicker reports on the alleged trouble with the latest probe into Spitzer.

Dicker also reports that Democrats fear how the driver’s license issue will play in the suburbs.

Liz reports that Spitzer is looking to hire some new staffers.

The $390 million Bloomberg said would be raised by congestion pricing “is nothing more than an educated guess,” writes Adam Lisberg.

The Political Insider keeps alive the Bloomberg ‘08 storyline.

The Financial Times writes about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s effort to move Republicans towards the center.

It’s hard to imagine the scene growing much grimmer,” writes New York Magazine’s Chris Smith of Eliot Spitzer’s fight with Joe Bruno.

The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza writes about Mitt Romney’s policy changes.

Bill Richardson has a new television ad.

The Republican presidential debate gets feisty.

Michael Bloomberg has $76,000 more than he thought.

Stagehands are prepared to strike.

The Democratic Mayor of Mt. Vernon, who lost the Democratic primary but is running in the general election, got the New York Times support.

The Executive Director of the Taxi Worker Alliance defends today’s taxi strike.

The New York Times editorial board wants state legislators to get back to work.

The NYT editors also have some suggestions for Michael Bloomberg.

And Page Six tries playing matchmaker.