The Morning Read: Monday, February 4, 2008

An entrepreneur in California helps lay the groundwork for a Michael Bloomberg presidential run, although he’s doubtful it’ll happen.

Bloomberg may be analyzing Tuesday’s primary results more closely than anybody.

The mayor says he doens’t like the idea of the city giving matching funds to candidates with no competition and who also hire relatives.

Barack Obama’s people in Brooklyn are important.

Rev. Calvin Butts’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton isn’t popular with his congregants.

The F.B.I. broadened its investigation of Joe Bruno.

That expanded probe may help end the close relationship Bruno has with organized labor.

The Commission on Public Integrity may find fault with Darren Dopp’s actions.

Ray Kelly won’t reveal his schedule.

Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson have a stake in primary results.

Obama narrows the gap in California.

Clinton has the support of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, which could be crucial.

Obama’s ad during the Super Bowl did not air in New York or Los Angeles.

Tom DeFrank looks at Super Tuesday.

There may not be a Democratic front-runner after tomorrow.

Hillary Clinton makes the case for herself in a column in the Wall Street Journal [subscription].

Chris Smith sort of misses Rudy Giuliani’s weird presidential campaign.

Conservatives could warm up to McCain if Clinton pulls ahead in the Democratic primary.

The benefit of bipartisanship, the cornerstone of Obama’s campaign, is a “seductive myth,” writes Susan Dunn.

Independent groups like Trust Huckabee will play a role in the primaries [subscription].

A person who operates two charter schools doesn’t like Peter Vallone, Jr.’s plan to limit homework for students.

And Jacob Gershman writes, “The governor doesn’t have a Plan B that he could turn to in the event that Senate Republicans survive beyond 2008.”

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