The Morning Read: Thursday, September 11, 2008

President Bush approved limited U.S. military action inside Pakistan’s borders.

Union officials say firemen weren’t volunteering for Sheldon Silver on election day, but rather, just happened to be by his office when food arrived and help carry it inside.

For the first time yesterday Charlie Rangel publicly took responsibility for not reporting income earned from a Dominican Republic villa.

Rangel also said he’s been on a diet since the "Cash Cow" picture.

Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio opened a consulting company, allegedly to extort money from groups that rely on state funding.

Those payments to his consulting company were designed to be “shielded” from public scrutiny, according to prosecutors.

The secret witness against Seminerio is former Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin, reports the Daily News.

The case demonstrates how many holes exist in New York State financial reporting laws.

Seminerio used some colorful language to explain himself.

Michael Bloomberg wants to get rid of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.

Eliot Spitzer gave a telephone interview to the New York Sun about saving the New York Sun.

Tuesday was a big day for victory for the Working Families Party.

Not so much for Tom Golisano.

The City Council held a hearing on the new broadcast rating system.

Andrew Cuomo is looking into the matter as well.

Gail Collins said Barack Obama’s team isn’t worried about national polls because they’re focusing on the electoral college map.

The New York Times reports on the high-powered group of Republican aides now attending to and preparing Sarah Palin.

Ben Smith reports that Sarah Palin requested millions of federal earmarks for "everything from improving recreational halibut fishing to studying the mating habits of crabs and the DNA of harbor seals."

Obama is trying to keep his campaign focused in the midst of Palin madness, according to the Wall Street Journal.

They are off-balance after days of attacks from the McCain campaign, but the Washington Post reports the Obama people will wait until after September 11 to strike back.

Mike Tomasky wonders if the truth will "catch up" to McCain-Palin.

Michael Goodwin says Democrats have a “cultural disconnect” with Sarah Palin. The Morning Read: Thursday, September 11, 2008