The Morning Read: Monday, April 16, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg roasted himself, his presidential ambitions, school restructuring and others when he played “Mayor Poppins” during a show for reporters.

Christine Quinn is speaking better than before.

Quinn’s opposition to pedicabs may be related to the lobbying efforts of one particular operative against the industry, according to the Daily News.

Fourteen New York Times reporters chipped into the story about the weekend storm.

Don Imus told Newsweek, “I could go to work tomorrow. Bigger deal. More money. TV simulcast.” And: “My strength comes from not being full of sh– and a coward.”

Hillary Clinton has the most money in the bank, but a majority of her contributors already maxed out for the primary.

Rudy Giuliani will speak at the university founded by televangelist Pat Robertson.

The guy who lived with Giuliani’s current wife “for four years between husbands No. 2 and No. 3” says she’ll make a good first lady.

John Heilemann chronicles Barack Obama’s impressive fund-raising, and says of the new political calendar, “This sooner-bigger-faster dynamic was supposed to be Clinton’s friend.”

Liz Benjamin notes John Edwards picked up a major union operative [updated].

Governor Spitzer says the difference between his current job and his previous one is that “as attorney general, there are a series of binary choices between right and wrong and good and evil.”

Spitzer will make public a list of lobbyists who meet with his administration.

Ryan Karben, the former Assemblyman who “left the capital under a cloud last year,” is back on the scene, and helping Spitzer [last item].

A zoo volunteer was let go after speaking ill of President Bush.

A former Republican Assemblyman is opening a hot dog joint right near the New York Sun.

Just in time for the New York Sun’s fifth birthday.

Sallie Mae, under scrutiny by Andrew Cuomo, will be sold [subscription].

A lot of illegal immigrants are filing tax returns.

All kinds of people in Governor Jon Corzine’s life step into the spotlight when they visit him in the hospital.

And is the Washington Post asks if the dating scene is shifting from movies and bars to lectures and museum crawls.

The Morning Read: Monday, April 16, 2007