The Morning Read: Friday, December 14, 2007

Michael Bloomberg pays his City Hall staffers very well, write Diane Cardwell and Jo McGinty, who report that “the number of employees earning $100,000 or more has risen by 59 percent."

Bloomberg finished his tour of China and Bali.

Rudy Giuliani’s consulting firm denies they received commissions for securing government contracts for their clients.

Katharine Seelye wonders about the sincerity of recent apologies from Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee.

Charles Hurt says Hillary’s most recent swipe at Obama will have a lingering effect.

Bill Sheehan’s resignation overshadowed yesterday’s debate, writes Russell Berman.

The Clinton library is responding to all those U.F.O. inquiries.

Eliot Spitzer may hire 2,500 professors.

In a rare interview, Andrew Cuomo says he’s looking to bolster the real estate bureau of his office.

Malcolm Smith wants a special election to fill the upstate Senate seat vacated by Jim Wright.

Jonathan Hicks calls Adolfo Carrion’s decision to enter the comptroller’s race, instead of the mayor’s race, a “turnabout.”

David Seifman notes that Carrion was still chatting about running for mayor until a few weeks ago.

An outspoken blogger at the United Nations looks at Carrion’s positions on human rights issues.

El Diario/La Prensa likes Carrion’s move.

City Councilman Joe Addabbo opened a new law office.

Gersh Kuntzman isn’t happy that Dan Doctoroff waited this long to complain about the development process at Atlantic Yards.

The New York Sun sees a stark contrast between Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg.

The Wall Street Journal would like you to meet the new committee that will keep an editorial eye on Murdoch’s new paper.

As the mayor stood next to Nobel Prize winner Al Gore, the Jakarta Post wrote of him, “it is Bloomberg, who is the mayor of New York City, who should win an award for political bravery and conviction.”