The Morning Read: Friday, January 18, 2008

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They are both playing rough in Nevada, according to this event-by-event recount in the Las Vegas Sun.

The Las Vegas Sun also endorsed Clinton today.

The Obama campaign opened an office in Poughkeepsie.

Clinton doesn’t seem to be ruling out Obama as a running mate.

Her campaign is having to rein her husband in a bit.

Firefighters who don’t like the former mayor’s handling of 9/11 follow Rudy Giuliani to Florida.

Rudy has ties to a company that makes the kind of border technology he’s been promoting as a candidate.

Dan Janison compares Rudy Giuliani’s seventh State of the City speech in 2000 to Michael Bloomberg’s seventh, which he gave yesterday, and writes, “the only question is whether he pulls the plug in the coming weeks on his unorthodox stealth candidacy — or embraces it in full.”

Diane Cardwell thinks the speech “was as political as it was practical."

David Seifman says Bloomberg’s speech focused on short-term goals.

In the speech, Bloomberg denounced “the nativist sentiment that has infected the Republican field” of presidential candidates, writes Grace Rauh.

Clyde Haberman thinks it was a campaign speech.

Eliot Spitzer makes promises even as “budget prospects become gloomier,” says the Buffalo News.

Joe Bruno talks about the upstate economy in his first public appearance since the death of his wife.

Darren Dopp’s lawyer, Terry Kindlon, will fight a subpoena that would compel him to talk about his client.

Get ready for some debates upstate.

Blacks and Hispanic political leaders in Buffalo try building a coalition.

Miguel Martinez is appealing Campaign Finance Board ruling that says he has to give back all the matching funds he received in 2001. Larry Seabrok’s penalty from the group was reduced from $2,596 to $302.

Obama’s reverend took a swipe at Bill Clinton.

David Brooks says voters make “emotional, intuitive decisions about who we prefer."

The New York Times editorial board isn’t thrilled about Bloomberg’s DNA crime fighting plan.

And Hillary gets a lot of support from Gay Democratic clubs here.

The Morning Read: Friday, January 18, 2008