The Morning Read: Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Hillary Clinton continued to press Barack Obama on national security in the final hours of campaigning yesterday.

Jackie Calmes wonders what would constitute an absolute win in today’s primaries.

Michael Saul describes Obama as "exasperated" during yesterday’s press conference where he faced tough questions from the media.

Eliot Spitzer is skirting his own campaign contribution limit by asking donors to give money to the state Democratic Party, which he controls.

Sheldon Silver can’t believe what Michael Bloomberg said about the Assembly.

Legislators are negotiating congestion pricing.

WABC would like Bloomberg to keep his radio hour with them, but Bloomberg might not want to stay when Curtis Sliwa takes over.

Andrew Cuomo’s office sued the nightclub Tonic–which held a party for Barack Obama supporters on February 5–because it allegedly discriminates against black people.

The Washington Times writes about Cuomo’s deal with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Joel Klein and Dennis Walcott defended mayoral control of city schools during the first ever City Council hearing on the issue.

City lawmakers want New Jersey drivers to pay the congestion pricing fee proposed by Bloomberg.

Spitzer will introduce a plan to stem the tide of home foreclosures.

James Tedisco is getting his member-item money.

“Analysts are slapping more Buy recommendations and fewer Sells on the stocks they cover than at any time since New York State Attorney-General Eliot Spitzer’s crusade against conflicts of interest,” writes Financial News.

State legislators are joining Bloomberg’s coalition against illegal guns.

Today N.Y.U. is lobbying for aide from the state.

Sharpe James’ trail moves forward.

On the recent special election upstate, Bill Hammond writes that Spitzer “wisely avoided letting the Aubertine-Barclay race become a referendum on his leadership.”

The New York Post editorial board takes note of the inconsistency between city school officials giving cell phones to students who are not allowed to bring cell phones to school.

And the Daily News editorial board doesn’t want elected official to water down mayoral control of city schools.