The Morning Read: Monday, September 24, 2007

Rudy Giuliani came out in support of the Tiahrt Amendment, a major (anti-)gun control law that Michael Bloomberg has been trying to overturn.

Michael Bloomberg said there are similarities between New York City and Shanksville, PA, where United Flight 93 crashed on 9/11.

Bloomberg said he won’t appear on the presidential primary ballot, then posed with people wearing “Bloomberg 2008” buttons.

On the Sunday talk shows, Hillary Clinton said she disagreed with Columbia University’s decision to host the Iranian president and disavowed Governor Tom Vilsack’s swipe at Rudy Giuliani’s personal life.

Rudy Giuliani and Bill Clinton were friendly with one another when they were in office.

Overall, Hillary didn’t reveal much on the shows, but she “demonstrated a particularly senatorial skill: the art of the filibuster,” wrote Anne Kornblut.

George Bush said Hillary will be the Democratic nominee.

John Edwards’ strategist Joe Trippi said Hillary has “sort of pulled away” from the pack and is clearly the front-runner in the primary.

An unnamed source claimed that Eliot Spitzer’s people were allowed to review and edit the report by Albany County District Attorney.

Another unnamed source said the DA was pressured to issue the report Friday, right before the governor announced his appointees to the commission that’s also investigating the scandal.

The head of the state police may get subpoenaed to speak at a Republican-led hearing on Troopergate.

Columbia University may lose some state funding for hosting the Iranian president, according to Sheldon Silver.

During his confirmation hearing in the senate, Michael Mukasey will be asked about a controversial 9/11 case he handled.

Chris Dodd is reshaping the legacy of his late father, who was censured in the Senate for misusing campaign funds.

Florida Democrats are sticking with their January 29 presidential primary date.

During an interview with CBS’s 60 minutes, the Iranian president said his interviewer was “like a CIA investigator.”

The Times Public Editor said he thinks the discounted ad violated the Times' standard. will pay the New York Times more money for the ad, offsetting the discount it got earlier.

Adam Brodsky wants to protect mayoral control of schools from the City Council.

The New York Times editorial board said it’s a “disgrace” there is no statewide economic plan and said “the noisemakers themselves are a big part of the problem.”

And Dan Janison picks up some Albany humor: “The problem with Pataki was that he didn't show up at the Capitol – and the problem with Spitzer is that he does.”

The Morning Read: Monday, September 24, 2007