The Morning Read: Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Strategists wonder how bad things can get for Republicans.

Martha Stark and one other Bloomberg administration official knew of problems with the company hired to demolish the former Deutsche Bank building.

The FDNY ignored a memo outlining pre-fire recommendations.

A former aide to Rudy Giuliani was also involved at the former Deutsche Bank building.

Companies run out of Hank Morris’ home received money from companies doing business with Alan Hevesi, one of his political clients.

Eliot Spitzer picked up a John Faso idea and announced he’s for capping property tax increases.

The Daily News follows a new trail of Spitzer emails.

Rudy Giuliani is not universally welcome at this year’s 9/11 commemoration ceremony.

Hillary Clinton is keeping $45,000 in donations she’s received over the years from a family living in a one-room bungalow owned by a major contributor.

Michael Bloomberg doesn’t want Alberto Gonzales’ job.

City students are 40 to 50 points behind the state average on SAT scores.

Fifty three students are now enrolled at the Khalil Gibran school.

Federal officials were “astounded” by the flood damage they found in Queens recently.

Republicans and Democrats are trying to control the presidential primary calendar.

Michael Goodwin is waiting for some answers from Eliot Spitzer.

Juan Gonzalez says Spitzer and Bloomberg are siding with landlords when it comes to building safety.

The Post editorial board cheers Andrew Cuomo’s work on Medicaid, and notes he has subpoena power in that area, but not when it comes to investigating Eliot Spitzer.

The Times Union’s editorial board defends Darren Dopp’s return to the state payroll.

And the Star Gazette wonders how long Dopp will remain. The Morning Read: Wednesday, August 29, 2007