The Morning Read: August 21, 2006

Jonathan Hicks introduces readers to the battle for the 57th assembly district in Brooklyn.

Joe Lieberman calls for the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld on Face the Nation, saying: “With all respect to Don Rumsfeld, who has done a grueling job for six years, we would benefit from new leadership to work with our military in Iraq.”

John Faso tells the New York Sun the state Republican Party is “suffering from a leadership void.”

A Sun editorial says Hillary Clinton has “has the luxury of being against ‘luxury housing’” when it comes to her opposition to a plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park.

George Pataki goes on the attack telling New Hampshire’s Concord Monitor Hillary Clinton is a polarizing personality, and “I fear that Sen. Clinton has focused more on the negative and on attacking, as opposed to coming up with any positive solutions.”

Anthony Weiner attacks insurance companies holding back payments related to 9/11, which are “between $188 million and $390 million, should be seized by the state and turned over to the World Trade Center Memorial Fund.”

—Nicole Brydson