The Morning Read: September 12, 2006

Hidden behind the NYT Select barricade is a Clyde Haberman’s column on 9/11 political etiquette.

“It is fine to trade stocks, and play baseball, and broadcast soap operas and even write a newspaper column. But absolutely forbidden is the normal functioning of our democracy. And they say the terrorists haven’t won.”

Haberman also notes that next year’s primary is on Sept. 11, 2007.

Errol Louis has some 9/11 figures.

“On Sept. 11, 2001, immigration officials were using typewriters, the Federal Aviation Administration had only 12 names on its no-fly anti-terrorist list and the U.S. had just 33 armed air marshals, not one of whom was assigned to protect domestic flights.”

After a singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” to show they are not partisan, Republicans and Democrats began “squabbling over the wording of a Sept. 11 resolution…”

Ben Smith thinks Hillary Clinton’s “increasingly partisan, confrontational stance on national issues” is back in action, thanks to a new piece of campaign literature.

Eliot Spitzer hopes a big win in the polls will help create “a significant foundation for reform.”

And Joseph Goldstein reports on a federal judge’s decision to overturn a case of affirmative action because “white male employees would be the first to lose their jobs.”

– Azi Paybarah