The Morning Read: Friday, November 30, 2007

Michael Cooper looks at a bunch of statistics cited by Rudy Giuliani on the campaign trail and reports, “All of these statements are incomplete, exaggerated or just plain wrong."

Marc Ambinder thinks the meeting between Obama and Bloomberg this morning will "set vice presidential speculation on fire."

On Barack Obama’s speech at the Apollo last night, Timothy Williams writes, “The political division in Harlem is apparent even among the Apollo Theater’s board of directors.”

But the Michael Bloomberg-Chuck Hagel rumors are also still out there.

Unnamed “sources said Team Bloomberg initiated the surprising get-together” between Obama and Bloomberg, reports Maggie Haberman and Rosie Dalton.


An East Village organizer for Barack Obama is heading out to Iowa [fourth item].

Prosecutors want Bernie Kerik’s lawyer removed, because he may be called as a witness.

The M.T.A. will reduce bus service on holidays, which, Bill Neuman writes “contrasts with an effort in 2005, when the authority encouraged holiday ridership with a special MetroCard discount program.”

Eliot Spitzer may “impose mandatory managed care enrollment” for Medicaid patients with HIV/AIDS.

Jacob Gershman reads the Vanity Fair story on Eliot Spitzer so you don’t have to.

Adolfo Carrion poses blissfully for a profile in the Daily News.

Grace Rauh finds something the City Council won’t ban.

Christine Quinn and Al Sharpton like each other.

Congressional candidate Domenic Recchia is getting smeared.

Curtis Sliwa blah blah blah.

Jon Corzine introduces a new education spending formula.

Howard Kurtz chases after Hillary Clinton.

Page Six previews a Joe Bruno quote that will be in the New Yorker‘s Spitzer profile: Spitzer is "the biggest disappointment that I’ve had in 31 years of serving in political life, because I liked him on a personal level. He fooled me.”

The Times-Union editorial board wants Spitzer to push for judicial pay raises.

The New York Sun editorial board is “on the fence” about putting term limits up for referendum again.

And nothing is quite like campaigning in Thailand.


The Morning Read: Friday, November 30, 2007