The Morning Read: Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Hillary Clinton wants to end arrogance in the White House.

There is a determined effort “to cleanse the campaign of the Clinton name,” Peter Funt wrote in an op-ed for the Times.

Staffers for Assembly Republicans may have been forced to attend a fund-raiser where 1 percent of their salaries were assessed.

Eliot Spitzer declined to comment on the Supreme Court’s decision to review a case about how judges are elected in this state, a process which Spitzer once said was “in dire need of reform.”

Spitzer did say there should be a “very public discussion” about how names of WTC victims are listed on a memorial at Ground Zero.

“Spitzer seems to have struck a decent deal,” to build a casino in the Catskills, writes the Daily News editorial board.

Mike Bloomberg repeated a myth about how New York obtained Staten Island.

“Clarence Norman is a thug in a suit and tie,” said an assistant District Attorney in closing remarks yesterday.

The Brooklyn DA is writing a novel called “Triple Homicide,” to be published in June.

Jonathan Hicks recaps the special elections from yesterday.

Wesley Clark’s ghostwriter said that a memoir and a presidential exploratory committee are in the works.

And the media columnist for the Washington Post, Howard Kurtz, likes the XM-Sirius merger because, “It’s filling a void created by the utter sameness and existential lousiness of commercial radio.”

— Azi Paybarah The Morning Read: Wednesday, February 21, 2007