The Morning Read: Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Barack Obama won Hawaii and Wisconsin, with the help of votes from union members, older women and middle-aged voters.

“Mrs Clinton has a rapidly narrowing window in which to come up with something radical to rekindle her prospects,” writes the Financial Times.

Obama criticized Hillary Clinton’s housing plan.

Geoff Earle observes that Clinton is “fading” after the Wisconsin results.

The Daily News also says she’s “fading.”

Here’s part of Clinton’s speech from last night.

Rudy Giuliani’s name, albeit misspelled, will be on the ballot on March 4.

On superdelegates, Charlie Rangel said, "I think it would be stupid not to take into account what their constituents have voted for."

Slate looks at Obama’s support in Wisconsin.

Obama is powered by small contributions.

Bloomberg News has a lengthy story about Bill Clinton’s use of an airplane belonging to businessman Frank Giustra.

Bloomberg is threatening to foreclose on more then 24,000 properties that have outstanding taxes and water bills.

Bloomberg rejected a $1.1 million offer from the state to keep O.T.B. afloat.

Bloomberg said there was “fraud” at the city Board of Elections in the initial reporting of February 5 primary results.

Pressure is building for an investigation there.

Eliot Spitzer wants to measure state agencies, similar to how Bloomberg measures agency performances in the city.

Some lawyers don’t want Spitzer controlling a $25 million fund that pays for legal services for poor clients.

Spitzer defended his upcoming fund-raiser being organized by a lobbyist.

An aide to Spitzer is still spending money from his own campaign account.

Some Oswego county lawmakers don’t like Spitzer’s budget.

New Jersey has problems with its civil union law.

Charles Hurt writes, “So much of the Clintons’ success has to do with their unashamed, almost insidious, manipulation of the press.”

On Obama, Robert Samuelson writes, “The trouble, at least for me, is the huge and deceptive gap between his captivating oratory and his actual views,” and things like ending racism “requires independent ideas, and Obama has few.”

Michael Goodwin sees flashes of the old Eliot Spitzer for his role in dealing with the bond insurance industry.

Aide Eric Dinallo is dubbed “Son of Spitzer” in this unflattering piece about the bond industry [subscription].

The New York Times editorial board doesn’t like campaign contributions being used to pay legal bills.

And Rush and Molloy try finding out who some celebrities are backing for president.

 

The Morning Read: Wednesday, February 20, 2008