The Morning Read: Monday, February 26, 2007

Hillary Clinton had a busy day yesterday reaching out to black voters and organized labor.

Joe Bruno had mixed success as a businessman before selling his company for $23 million.

The New York Times editorial board has some advice for the novice state comptroller.

State lawmakers want to block the sale of apartments in Brooklyn’s Starrett City.

Strom Thurmond’s family owned Rev. Al Sharpton’s ancestors, the Daily News reports.

Although Clarence Norman was convicted in a wide-reaching probe of selling judgeships in Brooklyn, more must be done to reform New York court houses, according to the Daily News editorial board.

David Broder looked at an internet-based primary for a third party that has no candidates.

Bill Gates wants changes to the H1-B visa program.

Maggie got her hands on a Clinton campaign talking points memo.

Old mechanical voting machines are up for sale.

Angelina Jolie could be rubbing elbows with Henry Kissinger, now that she’s a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mayor Bloomberg will testify at a congressional hearing about the medical needs of Ground Zero workers.

Bloomberg’s plan for a prescription drug discount card is stalled, according to David Seifman.

A friend of Al and Jeanine Pirro explained, “They have not decided to split, nor have they decided to stay together forever.”

As a student, Rudy Giuliani was an outspoken liberal, writing that conservative stalwart Barry Goldwater was “incompetent.”

Condoleezza Rice has some kind words for Barack Obama.

And Mario Cuomo and Newt Gingrich will debate at Cooper Union on Wednesday.

— Azi Paybarah The Morning Read: Monday, February 26, 2007