The Morning Read: Monday, January 29, 2007

Eliot Spitzer has an op-ed about his budget priorities.

In my Executive Budget next week, I will propose a fundamental restructuring of New York’s finances. We will drive more resources to needy schools that promise higher standards and greater accountability. And we will end special subsidies to entrenched interests in the health care industry so we can fund health insurance coverage for all children and make other investments that will help provide better care at lower cost.

Asssembly Democrats may hold a quiet election to pick a comptroller, according to Fred Dicker.

The Daily News editorial board looks at the “truthiness” of UFT President Randi Weingarten and the push for smaller class sizes.

Craig Johnson got the Times’ endorsement.

Maureen O’Connell’s voting record doesn’t match her rhetoric on stem-cell research and abortion, according to Newsday.

The WSJ editorial board is surprised at Chuck Schumer position on tort reform.

“But the really big news is that Mr. Schumer endorsed a study declaring that tort reform is the single biggest key to retaining U.S. leadership in global finance. As political conversions go, this is like Dick Cheney endorsing a stronger Congress.”

The New Yorker looks at the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Who (again) broke that story about Barack Obama’s Muslim background?

And while we’re at it, who was Hillary Clinton’s joke about “evil men” really about?

Bill Clinton trimmed his business activities now that Hillary’s campaign is underway.

Joe Lieberman may vote Republican in 2008.

And Judith Miller has a piece in the New York Sun with the opening line: “Words can kill.” (Shudder.)

— Azi Paybarah

The Morning Read: Monday, January 29, 2007