The Morning Read: Friday, August 31, 2007

Bidders on the state’s horse racing franchise have spent millions of dollars in lobbying and campaign donations.

Opposition to congestion pricing is strongest in the Bronx.

On Letterman, Hillary Clinton joked that she’ll bring stability to The View and promised her Vice President won’t shoot anybody in the face.

Eliot Spitzer has been citing a high number when discussing the number of uninsured kids in New York affected by new White House policies.

Bundlers like Norman Hsu play an important role in raising cash for campaigns.

Spitzer and others are getting rid of donations made to them by Hsu.

Charlie Rangel will play a key role in getting Michael Bloomberg’s poverty plan passed in Congress.

Nicholas Scoppetta said the three firemen who were transferred after the Deutsche Bank building were not scapegoats.

Scoppetta said he won’t resign.

Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney talk about terrorism and September 11th, but rarely mention Iraq.

President Bush is offering relief to some homeowners.

Tony Blair will speak at the Al Smith dinner in New York City later this year.

There was a small earthquake in the Adirondack Mountains.

In light of Spitzer defending Darren Dopp, The Post editorial board wonders why he was suspended in the first place.

The Ithaca Journal’s editorial board finds Dopp’s return to the state payroll “particularly troubling” and praises Republicans for firing their troubled consultant.

The Times Herald-Record’s editorial board isn’t happy with Dopp’s return either.

And The New York Times editorial board thinks the G.O.P.'s effort to get rid of Larry Craig speaks to “the party’s brutal agenda” and “intolerance.”

The Morning Read: Friday, August 31, 2007