The Morning Read: Thursday, March 27, 2008

Michael Bloomberg will stand with Barack Obama at the senator’s speech on the economy this morning, which is being held at Cooper Union.

Hillary Clinton talks to the Wall Street Journal about the economy.

Clinton donor and Bloomberg money manager Steven Rattner has a Washington Post op-ed about the housing crisis.

Discussing the tone of the campaign, Bill Clinton said, “If a football player doesn’t want to get tackled or want the risk of an a occasional clip he shouldn’t put the pads on."

Clinton supporter Paul Begala says the chance that she will drop out soon is about as likely as “monkeys flying out of [his] butt.”

Cindy McCain is in Kosovo!

Younger voters “are replacing the professional filter — reading The Washington Post, clicking on CNN.com — with a social one,” writes Brian Stelter.

Here’s more on the letter Clinton donors sent to Nancy Pelosi.

Unflattering stories about Jeremiah Wright haven’t damaged Obama’s reputation with voters, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll.

The number of voters that feel positively about Clinton has dropped to a new low, according to the same poll.

A headline from The Scotsman reads, “Are Hillary Clinton and Obama killing each other politically?”

Speaking of the state budget David Paterson said, “I used to advocate for some of the same programs that I actually just cut, but it had to be done.”

Paterson talked down the prospect of legislative pay raises.

When asked about his out-of-state trips with former lover and state employee Lila Kirton, Paterson told reporters, “I think I have answered all those questions.”

The New York Times editorial board wants the governor to shut six juvenile detention centers.

Despite the developer’s eagerness, it could be years before towers are built and revenues realized from the West Side Rail Yards project.

The New York Post thinks they may have linked Eliot Spitzer to a second prostitution ring.

The public relations firm representing Spitzer is also representing his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer.

Michael Aronson explains why he never trusted Spitzer.

A federal court’s ruling yesterday made it easier for thousands of Ground Zero rescue workers to proceed with lawsuits against the city.

Currently, the city is sitting on a $1 billion fund to pay the workers’ claims.

Congestion pricing got another supporter: Republican State Senator Andrew Lanza.

Sheldon Silver agreed to introduce a bill on congestion pricing.

Betsy Gotbaum is preparing to sue over the death of her stepdaughter-in-law in Phoenix.

Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson wants Bloomberg to restore some of the funding he took away from the D.A. offices.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli wants the state to spend less and change how it borrows money.

Nick Kristof thinks Clinton has to regain her lead in the popular vote in order to win the Democratic nomination.

David Hinckley says it’s not easy making a negative ad.