Morning Read: Paterson on Rangel

Gov Paterson said “people from our community” should give Charlie Rangel the benefit of the doubt.

By fighting the charges against them, Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters may hurt the Democrats chances in November.

Politico wonders if black lawmakers face more scrutiny over alleged wrongdoing than their white colleagues.

Labor isn’t sold on Cuomo yet.

While he was serving as lieutenant governor, Mario Cuomo moved in his with son Andrew to “slow down my bedroom activity,” the younger Cuomo says.

The Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College, which is at the center of the ethics disupte against the congressman, is a bit of a wreck.

The mayor will announce the creation of a new post dedicated to controlling the city’s spiraling pension costs. The administration says it’s not a slight to Comptroller John Liu.

The League of Conservation Voters will back Frank Padavan against Tony Avella, and Lynn Nunes over Shirley Huntley

Ed Towns challenged Kevin Powell’s petitions, and Powell took to the HuffPo to make his case.

The A.P. will get Helen Thomas’ old seat in the White House briefing room, Fox and NPR move up.

Sarah Palin says President Obama lacks the “cojones” to protect the nation’s borders.

On “Meet the Press,” Mayor Bloomberg called Charlie Rangel’s situation “very sad,” spoke favorably of extending the Bush tax cuts, and dismissed questions about 2012.

The prospect of a trial of John Haggerty could prove embarrassing to Mike Bloomberg.

Diana Taylor isn’t convinced on Andrew Cuomo.

The Post editorial board hits D.A. Cy Vance.