The Morning Read: Monday, May 14, 2007

A Daily News poll has Mike Bloomberg bettering Rudy Giuliani as a mayor and as a presidential candidate.

Mike Bloomberg denies and flirts with the idea of a presidential run.

Sen. Chuck Hagel told Face the Nation that Bloomberg “should seriously think” about running for president.

Bill Clinton is (still) Hillary’s chief strategist.

Bill Clinton and others are in NYC to discuss global warming.

Illnesses from Ground Zero could haunt Rudy Giuliani.

Giuliani blamed a former top aide for deciding to put the city’s emergency command bunker in the World Trade Center, which was destroyed on September 11th.

John McCain is having a breakfast fund-raiser with Jets owner Woody Johnson.

Lloyd Grove writes about  Rudy Giuliani and Judith Nathan and discovers that their first date was a movie at Loews Kips Bay and dinner at Peter Luger steakhouse.

Eliot Spitzer wants to expand the DNA database of criminals to include people convicted of low-level crimes.

Spitzer wants George Pataki to reimburse the state for a last-minute flight to Buffalo.

New York’s congressional delegation is bringing home the bacon.

The Post editorial board has given up on Spitzer, saying that he is “not merely on a drive to reinforce the status quo – but on one that can only make things worse.”

“As a reporter covering Albany,” Jacob Gershman “developed sympathy for Eliot Spitzer.”

Term-limited City Council members are looking to stay in public service.

Hynes-foe John O’Hara has finally finished his community service.

Here’s the latest gear from the 2008 presidential candidates.

And soldiers serving overseas won’t be able to access YouTube and other sites from now on [subscription]. The Morning Read: Monday, May 14, 2007