The Morning Read: Thursday, May 1, 2008

The guy Bill Clinton picked to head the D.N.C. switched his endorsement from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama.

According to one new poll, Clinton is way up in North Carolina, and now statistically tied with Obama.

Obama has now tied Clinton in support from Washington lawmakers.

David Paterson is delivering some dire news about the state budget gap.

Paterson’s attempt to collect taxes from online sales is a big mistake, says the Wall Street Journal editorial board.

Paterson will review whether development projects in New York City are still affordable.

Vito Fossella and Peter King write an op-ed in the Daily News accusing Democrats of stalling on a surveillance bill.

Here’s video of Clinton on Bill O’Reilly’s show.

Here’s Michael Bloomberg with Tyra Banks.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. writes about Michael Bloomberg for Time magazine’s "100 most influential people" section.

The complete list is here.

New York City may have a $2 billion surplus this year.

Charlie Rangel’s Cadillac costs taxpayers $777 a month, slightly less than Mike McNulty’s car, which costs $816 a month.

Bloomberg cut down on the number of city parking permits.

John McCain says the bridge collapse in Minnesota can be blamed on pork.

It could cost up to $100,000 to attend the upcoming McCain fund-raiser at the Fifth Avenue home of Woody Johnson.

Bill Thompson’s divorce lawyer has a big mouth.

Christine Quinn helped steer money to a group where her partner is a board member, while members of that group’s board donated a combined $16,000 to Quinn.

Quinn said there haven‘t been specific request by Council members to hire outside lawyers to deal with the slush fund probe.

Grace Rauh writes more about Quinn remarking that she is not a target of that investigation.

Mathieu Eugene‘s attempt to fund a group he once led was denied.

Michael Reich said the hate letter Republican City Council candidates denounced was probably “manufactured” in order “to get press.”

Andrew Cuomo declined to represent the state against a judge’s lawsuit over judicial pay raises, while the new lawyers will be paid $350 an hour.

And Assemblyman Charles Lavine wants to do away with the electoral college system. The Morning Read: Thursday, May 1, 2008