The Morning Read: Monday, April 9, 2007

Danny Hakim looks at pork in the state budget.

Fixing the “unjust” school funding formula in Albany is “far from over,” according to the Times editorial board.

Barack Obama’s message man has advice for Hillary’s: “A political message is different because people have a higher level of skepticism. You can get consumed by the art, but lose the argument.”

Ian Bishop takes a look at how Barack Obama “raised his cash on the backs of longtime Clinton donors”.

Ben wonders what that kind of coverage means for Hillary’s relationship with Rupert Murdoch.

Mike Bloomberg will visit Ohio.

The Daily News editorial board wants Bill Thompson to explain how someone stole $3.6 million from a government account under his watch.

The state gave $112 million in tax breaks to companies near Albany, according to the Times Union.

The Daily News expands on the notion that Andrew Cuomo is doing well by keeping himself out of the picture.

Assemblyman Richard Brodsky wants to be the new speaker, according to Jacob Gershman.

Don Imus said he’s learned his lesson after insulting a female basketball team from Rutgers.

President Bush may have been warned about Bernie Kerik’s checkered past before nominating him for a national security job.

And Fred Dicker points out another instance of Eliot Spitzer raising money in amounts larger than his self-imposed $10,000 limit.

— Azi Paybarah

The Morning Read: Monday, April 9, 2007