Morning Read: Defending Quinn, Paying for Consultants, Explaining Obamacare

Bill Thompson did not denounce offensive remarks directed at Christine Quinn, made at a public forum he organized.

Jimmy Fallon and Katie Couric will help Michael Bloomberg raise money for the 9/11 Memorial.

Clyde Haberman looks at how politicos prevent primaries by using their muscle and petition laws.

Joel Klein recycles teachers.

A computer company that charged $250,000 per consultant it sent to work at the city schools pays its workers only a fraction of that amount.

There are new charges against Richard Izquierdo, a relative of Carmen Arroyo, the assemblywoman, and Maria del Carmen Arroyo, the councilwoman.

The New York Racing Association slams OTB, saying it’s a patronage mill.

The Working Families Party dubs its preferred candidates community organizers.

Jay-Z boosts sales by trashing technology.

A Brooklyn marching band that performed for Barack Obama’s inauguration is now in trouble.

Anonymous298 defends Bloomberg’s campaign spending, saying that he “doesn’t kowtow to unions.”

Reader A.L. supports using the N-word in order to denounce racism.

And here’s video from the RNCC showing Congress members laughing at Anthony Weiner’s assertion that Obama’s health care bill will end up reducing taxes.

Morning Read: Defending Quinn, Paying for Consultants, Explaining Obamacare