The Morning Read: Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A firefighter who praised Rudy Giuliani later got paid by the campaign as a strategy consultant.

The Chicago Tribune explores Giuliani’s "far-flung, international business portfolio, an unknown portion of which remains in the shadows."

Giuliani said he appreciates Obama’s honesty about drug use, because "we’re all human beings" (bottom of item).

Anti-drug advocates didn’t like Obama’s remarks.

John Ellis wonders “is inevitability a sustainable strategy for Sen. Clinton?”

Kate Zernike looks at 2004’s odd couple: John Edwards and John Kerry.

Elizabeth Edwards took a swipe at Hillary Clinton.

The F.E.C. has new rules about using a candidate’s name in issue ads.

Eliot Spitzer’s announcement that subway base fares will remain at $2 “comes as polls show Mr. Spitzer’s popularity at an all-time low.”

Fred Dicker writes that Spitzer now “rejects the advice of his own financial professionals in order to curry favor with the voters.”

The Working Families Party wants Spitzer to tax the rich to help plug the $4 billion budget gap expected next year.

Minorities were targeted for risky, high-cost loans, according to city officials.

The city successfully challenged U.S. census figures and opened the door to more federal funding.

City Councilman Dennis Gallagher has more time to fight his rape case.

Former White House spokesman Scott McClellan says his boss lied about the Valerie Plame leak.

Charlie Rangel defends his tax plan in an open letter to Michael Bloomberg.

David Yassky has a piece saying more cops in schools are not the answer to unruly behavior there.

Maureen Dowd likes Barack Obama’s latest dig at Hillary Clinton.

Mike Lupica likes Spitzer’s subway plan.

Nicole Gelinas doesn’t.

The Daily News editorial board wants Spitzer to hold off any fare hikes until legislators can try finding more money for the MTA.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s editorial board doesn’t think much of Spitzer’s tax policy.

And Neil Diamond has been a fan of Caroline Kennedy for a very long time.

The Morning Read: Wednesday, November 21, 2007