The Morning Read: Monday, October 1, 2007

Black businessmen who won did state business with the help of Barack Obama later became major contributors to him.

Bill Clinton says Hillary Clinton is wrong about the effect of his free trade agreements.

Hillary Clinton has some strange contributors.

Betsy Gotbaum’s daughter-in-law died while in the custody of the Phoenix police.

Despite his own spending trends, Michael Bloomberg said the spending habits of conservatives in Washington were “lunacy.”

Bloomberg made the comment in England, where he praised that country’s Conservative Party.

Bloomberg was invited to speak there after Arnold Schwarzenegger turned down the offer.

Bloomberg’s presence may also help a mayoral candidate there who is described as “Buffoon Boris” in this headline.

When asked if he’d support one London mayoral candidate, Bloomberg said he’s staying out of that race.

Eliot Spitzer will support the TWU’s call to have union dues automatically deducted from members’ paycheck, a right they lost after the illegal 2005 strike.

Spitzer has a lot of environmentalists working for him.

Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer and Andrew Cuomo have not taken a position on Spitzer’s plan to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

Andrew Cuomo may investigate the National Action Network.

Cuomo is keeping pressure on FaceBook.

There’s a camera on Church and Duane Streets reading license plates.

Money that then-state Senator Michael Balboni secured for local groups is gone now that there's a Democrat in his seat.

Frank Rich thinks Hillary Clinton may be the old Al Gore, and says, “Senator Clinton may well be the Democrats' most accomplished would-be president. But we won't know for certain until she's tested by events she can't control.”

Sol Stern rips into Jonathan Kozol and the weight loss associated with Kozol’s new book about education.

Errol Louis applauds Bill O’Reilly’s awkward comments about dining at Sylvia’s in Harlem.

Jonathan Capehart wonders why G.O.P. presidential candidates won't discuss gay issues with him.

Mario Cuomo and Thomas Kean think major issues aren’t being discussed by the presidential candidates.

The Times editorial board says the Spitzer administration did nothing wrong by giving out information not formally requested by an Albany reporter, saying, “Simply asking for the documents should have been enough.”

Jacob Gershman says of the Albany District Attorney’s report, “The report makes almost no attempt to analyze the interviews with the governor and his aides, untangle their contradictions, or resolve crucial unanswered questions.”

And on giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, the New York Times editorial board says, “Mr. Spitzer has made the right decision.” The Morning Read: Monday, October 1, 2007