The Morning Read: Tuesday, October 2, 2007

“The president was out of touch with the reality on the ground,” Eliot Spitzer said in announcing a lawsuit against the federal government over children’s health insurance.

Spitzer’s plan to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses is being criticized (more) by conservatives.

A lawyer representing Betsy Gotbaum’s family says the death of her daughter-in-law was “highly unusual.”

Michael Bloomberg signaled that he may support a Brooklyn power plant’s expansion plan.

Bloomberg said critics of his traffic plan are “naïve” if they don’t think cameras are already watching them in public.

This Forbes profile puts Bloomberg on the far right on the issue of foreign trade, and to the left of center on most other issues.

Al Sharpton said he’ll hand over delinquent financial information to the state attorney general.

Spitzer left a state Democratic Party meeting without acknowledging Andrew Cuomo, who was standing a few feet away.

Dennis Gallagher who is facing rape charges, rejected a deal that would have kept him out of jail.

Water bills may spike in the city.

Bill Clinton chats with the Wall Street Journal [subscription].

Here’s a transcript of Condoleezza Rice’s interview with NY1.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will run to become prime minister next year.

The Iraq War issue may help Chris Dodd, Bill Richardson and Joe Biden in the Iowa Caucuses more than the front-running Democratic presidential candidates, says David Yepsen.

Bill Hammond, who is no cheerleader of the governor, supports Spitzer’s driver’s license plan.

Michael Daly says the NYPD would have handled the situation with Betsy Gotbaum’s daughter-in-law differently.

The New York Times editorial board hopes the Supreme Court upholds a New York ruling to scrap the current judicial convention process here.

The New York Post thinks it’s ironic that Bloomberg is criticizing someone else’s spending habits.

The New York Sun’s editorial board thinks Bloomberg’s social liberalism won’t stop him from being president, but trashing tax cuts will: “If that’s what he wants to do, he can hang up his spurs and go straight to philanthropy.”

The Daily News editorial board doesn’t want Spitzer to support the TWU’s right to regain automatic collection of union dues unless the union promises never to strike again.

And the Mets may keep Willie Randolph on as manager despite that thing that happened that’s really much too terrible to talk about without getting worked up and maybe even a little irrational.

The Morning Read: Tuesday, October 2, 2007