The Morning Read: Monday, March 26, 2007

Hillary Clinton raised a lot of money in California.

John McCain lowered his fund-raising expectations.

Rudy Giuliani’s “weirdness factor” may be too much for some Republicans.

Andrew Cuomo hired Jerry Goldfeder, an election lawyer who worked for onetime Cuomo rivals Carl McCall and Mark Green.

The Washington Post does its version of the ‘Mike Bloomberg may run for President’ story.

Bloomberg’s second-term troubles could leave him with the legacy of a “one-term wonder,” concludes Chris Smith.

City Council members Charles Barron, Bill Perkins and Larry Seabrook were cited in reports the NYPD made during extensive surveillance of activists leading up to the Republican National Convention in 2004.

Some city hospitals may offer naming rights on buildings to help raise money.

Plans to give renters a $300 tax refund got some support in Albany.

According to Fred Dicker, Joe Bruno will sooner delay the state budget than go along with Eliot Spitzer’s school funding plan.

If the budget is late, The Post editorial board says, Spitzer’s choice is clear: “He must close down New York government.”

All three victims in the Sean Bell shooting were hit by the officer that fired 31 of the 50 shots that night, according to The Post.

Whites and minorities have vastly different opinions about policing in the city.

And Gary Shapiro explains Barack Obama’s role in writing a paper that explained what lawyers could learn from modern physics.

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