The Morning Read: Monday, May 12, 2008

After watching Karl Rove on television, Obama spokesman Bill Burton said, “[T]aking his advice would be a little like getting health tips from a funeral home director.”

Federal prosecutors are investigating Hillary Clinton donor William Danielczyk.

The Wall Street Journal considers what life may be like for Democrats after Clinton.

Obama “embodies a more female, inclusive approach to problem-solving” than Clinton, her former confidant tells the L.A. Times.

A top economic adviser to John McCain’s doesn’t think it matters if she can’t name an economist who supports the gas-tax holiday.

Edward Luttwak has an op-ed warning about the “unrealistic hopes” of an Obama presidency.

The Staten Island Advance has trouble finding Vito Fossella’s supporters.

According to the Advance, nobody really knows what he’ll do.

A Fossella spokeswoman said, “He hasn’t made a decision.”

Fossella spent Mother’s Day with his family on Long Island, although his wife was seen in public without him.

Fossella’s 2003 trip to France is allegedly being investigated.

Democrats are meeting today to find a candidate to run for Fossella’s seat.

Here are some people lining up for that race.

If the Republican state senator or district attorney of Staten Island runs for the seat, Democrats would fill those vacancies. [second item]

Christine Quinn tells New York, “Did I think, as speaker, having the [reserve] money to give out through the year might give me political leverage? Of course I did. I’m not going to lie to people that I didn’t think that.”

Michael Bloomberg and Sheldon Silver don’t see eye-to-eye on a bill to expand retirement benefits.

The New York Post editorial board wants Paterson to oppose the bill.

Bloomberg pollster Doug Schoen is working on Leslie Crocker Snyder’s second bid to unseat Robert Morgenthau.

Bloomberg doesn’t want the Second Amendment discussed during the trial of the owner of a Georgia gun shop owner being sued by the city.

The city’s teachers union may form a lobbying group.

The City Council needs help funding summer jobs for kids.

Daniel Wiese, who is being probed by the attorney general, will lose his job at the Power Authority, according to Fred Dicker.

Anthony Como said accusations that he used his Board of Elections job to bolster his City Council race are “bull—-.”

Como is challenging his rivals’ petition.

Bill Thompson finds unusual expenses at the FDNY.

David Chen looks at Jon Corzine’s “bleeding heart” and “corporate brain.”

Nassau lawmakers meet to discuss Tom Suozzi’s mid-year budget changes.

And Newsday goes to Cablevision.

The Morning Read: Monday, May 12, 2008