Morning Read: Ford Bucks Reid, Slaps Gillibrand

Haiti.

John Liu emotes.

Michael Bloomberg says: donate by calling 311.

Harold Ford Jr: “Harry Reid will not instruct me how to vote.” Airplane passengers cheer him on. He’s been to all five boroughs, if you count a helicopter ride (with Ray Kelly) that landed on Staten Island.

Ford supporters include Orin Kramer and Ron Perelman.

And Dan Loeb.

Kirsten Gillibrand “does what she’s told,” said Ford’s spokesman.

Ford’s spokesman said he won’t get a bonus.

Hotline says Ford’s biggest challenge isn’t carpetbagging or flip-flopping, but money.

Ford’s Wall Street work may be an issue, according to DailyFinance.com

Punditmom says Ford is the bully: “If being the head of the Democratic Leadership Council and having the backing of the fundraising chair of the DNC isn’t having connections with party ‘bosses,’ I’m not sure what is.”

The Post wants Obama to butt out of the Gillibrand-Ford fight.

Hillary Clinton in Asia, “smiled and slowly shook her head” when asked  about the book, Game Change.  

Clinton wants “an explanation” from China about hacker attacks on Google.

Charter school critics want to protest outside Bloomberg’s home.

Monserrate will seek an injection to prevent lawmakers from expelling him.

If expelled, he won’t leave, said a lawyer for Monserrate.

Monserrate report due tomorrow.

Fred Dicker called the $15 million Paterson’s consolidation plan mean “meager” savings.

Paterson’s 15-year-old son was questioned by police for “loitering” and possessing a bank card bearing someone else’s name that was reported lost.

He was “hauled off in cuffs.”

Gary Ackerman’s bill would have helped a friend.

Jerry Nadler said a tax on health care benefits “is unacceptable” and “would affect a lot of middle-income people.” (Rangel said the tax is “a problem.”)

Louise Slaughter said Obama was open to repealing anti-trust protections for insurance companies.

Obama wants a temporary tax on banks to recoup money the federal government lost by bailing out the financial industry.

The Financial Times said: if “Executed properly, it would also be wise and fair.”

Fearing lawsuits, apologies may not be uttered at the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.

Commission staffers get scrutinized.

The WSJ wants Ed Towns to ask Tim Geithner the right questions.

The Times supports a tax on banks and bonuses, as a reform tool.

And James Carville said he wants Gillibrand to get elected.

 

Morning Read: Ford Bucks Reid, Slaps Gillibrand