The Morning Read: Thursday, April 3, 2008

The New York Post is reporting that Christine Quinn’s aides put taxpayer money towards grants to phantom charities, so it could be doled out at the speaker’s discretion–a practice that allegedly predates her.

Hillary Clinton reportedly told Bill Richardson that Barack Obama "cannot win."

In the Assembly, congestion pricing supporters seem outnumbered by critics.

The Times Union says that congestion pricing is slowing down the budget.

In New Jersey, Jon Corzine is (still) against congestion pricing.

You don’t have to enter the congestion pricing zone to be charged the fee, writes Adam Lisberg.

Sheldon Silver “refused to declare the plan dead,” reports the New York Post.

If the plan dies, things could get very tense between Michael Bloomberg and Silver, writes Jacob Gershman.

Andrew Cuomo’s investigation of state police continues.

Clinton and Obama get more attention than their longer-serving colleagues in the Senate, Chuck Schumer and Richard Durbin.

Time magazine wonders if Ed Rendell can deliver Pennsylvania for Clinton.

Congressional Quarterly looks at “Hillary Clinton’s New Math” and her strategy for winning the nomination.

“New York was attacked by Al Qaeda. It doesn’t have to be attacked by Congress," said Peter King in response to a fellow Republican who referred to the 9/11 attacks as “simply” a plane crash in New York.

Gloria Steinem went to Albany.

Jane Fonda is supporting Obama.

Bill Thompson finds that the city Department of Preservation and Housing failed to properly oversee a major middle-income housing project.

Obama is from Chicago, is tough, he says.

Members of Congress from New York are bringing home less federal money than they did two years ago.

Charlie Rangel’s federal earmarks get special attention.

New York farmers got money from Congress.

And two people in the Bronx Board of Election offices are in trouble. The Morning Read: Thursday, April 3, 2008