The Morning Read: Friday, April 18, 2008

Pat Healy interviews some superdelegates and finds that “none had been persuaded much by [Hillary Clinton’s] attacks on Mr. Obama’s strength as a potential Democratic nominee.”

Howard Dean would like those superdelegates to decide who they are supporting “now.”

Both Clinton and Barack Obama were on the Colbert Report last night.

The L.A. Times has more on Obama’s supposed relationship with a 1960’s radical.

The campaign trail is getting bumpier for Chelsea Clinton.

Meet Preston Niblack, the City Council’s new finance director.

Christine Quinn has been apologizing to city lawmakers.

Here’s a partial list of City Council members and their member items.

Consultant Scott Levenson thinks the financial scandal in the council could lead to a bunch of well-financed political outsiders running in 2009.

Former Councilman Sal Albanese isn’t surprised by what’s come out about council finances.

Michael Bloomberg wants large member items to be subject to competitive bidding.

Dennis Gallagher says he would have beat the sex charge against him, if he had the money.

Brooklyn Paper reports: Dan Squadron “owned a Manhattan bar called ‘What Bar’ in 2001 that served ‘the city’s best cheeseburgers,’ Squadron said. The bar is now defunct, so the validity of Squadron’s claim could not be verified.”

Who is drafting Dan Brazile for Assembly?

And a congressional candidate upstate learns he can’t use campaign money to pay for his rent.

The Morning Read: Friday, April 18, 2008