The Morning Read: Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Kevin Sheekey contacted former state GOP chairman Bill Powers about running Michael Bloomberg for governor, the Post reports. (Asked about the story this morning, the mayor called it "totally fictitious.")

Bloomberg may get an award in Aspen.

Eliot Spitzer’s driver’s license plan could hurt local Democrats on the ballot today, writes David Seifman.

Jarrett Murphy reports on that invite-only availability Spitzer held with independent newspaper reporters.

Spitzer signed a medical bill helping nine 9/11 responders who work at private hospitals [updated].

City agencies may not accept those new licenses.

Christine Quinn opposes the MTA fare hike.

Michael Bloomberg apologized to Zadroga family for saying their fallen son was not a hero.

In a difficult-to-understand new grading system, 50 city public schools received an “F” rating, and 99 others got a “D.”

In The New Republic, Linda Hirshman says that the latest debate didn’t hurt Hillary Clinton.

The housing crisis may hurt Republicans, reports the L.A. Times.

George Pataki’s fund-raiser and former chairman of the Empire State Development Corporation, Charles Gargano, was tapped to be the new ambassador to Austria.

Rudy Giuliani, speaking about Bernard Kerik, said, “if I have the same degree of success and failure as president of the United States, this country will be in great shape.”

Chuck Schumer writes an op-ed explaining his support for Michael Mukasey.

The L.A. Times agrees with him.

And Bob Herbert writes that “If there is one word to describe the feeling of many women about Senator Clinton it might be: ambivalence.”
UPDATE: A transcript of the mayor’s full response to the Post story is after the jump.