Morning Read: Zuccotti Cleared; John Liu Under Fire; A Dead Heat In Iowa

Hundreds of police officers cleared Zuccotti Park in a morning raid today.

The raid came just as Occupation Wall Street protesters were organizing massive demonstrations to celebrate their two-month anniversary.

The Post approves.

And up at Occupy Albany, Jimmy Vielkind ponders the possibility of Gov. Cuomo appointing Eric Schneiderman as special prosecutor to deal with the trespass violations of the protesters, since Albany D.A. David Soares has resisted bring charges.

Federal authorities are investigating the fund-raising of John Liu.

Front and center in the Larry Seabrook corruption trial is that famous $177 bagel and drink receipt.

Construction workers are suing Forest City Ratner for saying their failed to provide good construction jobs for the Atlantic Yards sites.

Mayor Bloomberg, Chuck Schumer and Carolyn McCarthy are teaming up to strengthen legislation that would keep the mentally ill from buying firearms.

Vornado Realty Trust has scrapped decade-long plans to build a skyscraper over Port Authority after Chinese investors dropped out.

Michael Powell takes a look at Eric Schneiderman’s battle with the banks.

In the wake of the Penn State scandal, Republican state lawmakers are seeking tougher laws in New York that would require college coaches and administrators to report cases of child abuse.

The M.T.A will experiment with performing track construction work during weeknights instead of on weekends, bringing disruption to those trying to get home late at night.

The state Board of Regents voted to urge New York lawmakers to extend state financial aid to undocumented students.

If lawmakers are called back to Albany for a special session to close the budget gap, they have their own wish lists, including a stalled bill to set up health insurance exchanges, a plan allowing New Yorkers to hail livery cabs on the street outside Manhattan and an independent redistricting commission, Andrew J.Hawkins reports.

Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are in a four-way tie for first place in Iowa.

The Dept. of Environmental Conservation is about to begin holding hearings on hydrofracking. Fireworks are expected.

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