The Morning Read: Wednesday, November 28, 2007

In a piece on the short-lived 2000 senate race between Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, Adam Nagourney notes that the mayor’s people created a “315-page dossier compiling positions and potentially damaging quotes from throughout her life.”

Bill Clinton said yesterday that he opposed the Iraq War “from the beginning.”

That statement is being challenged by some critics.

The New York Post goes with the Oprah versus Streisand angle.

On the governor’s meeting with lawmakers in Brooklyn, Nick Confessore writes, “Mr. Spitzer stuck a figurative flower in his lapel yesterday and laid on the charm.”

According to sources, Spitzer said he was in favor of legislative pay raises yesterday, but his spokesman was sure to add that they are “still yoked to issues like campaign-finance reform."

Also, Spitzer “has quietly ordered charter schools to start paying union wages on all construction, repair, and maintenance projects,” reports Jacob Gershman.

Andrew Cuomo’s work against insurance companies gets a thumbs up.

The City Council may pass a bill that will force the city to cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030.

There may also be a push to cut homework.

S.U.N.Y. schools want to raise tuition rates by five percent.

Republican state Senator Serph Maltese “unwittingly honored a Mafia soldier at the reopening of the reputed gangster’s Queens bakery,” reports John Marzulli.

A survey of journalists shows that Iraq is really dangerous.

Eric Schneiderman and Gene Russianoff have a column urging Spitzer to "work with the Legislature and the M.T.A. board both to avoid a fare hike in 2008 and to set a new agenda for our state’s mass transit program.”

Obama has to remind people he opposed the war too, says Peter Beinart.

The New York Post editorial board likes Michael Bloomberg’s tough stance on 9/11 first responders’ medical issues.

And don’t bring Chelsea Clinton the wrong food.