The Morning Read: October 3, 2006

Well-funded Republican attacks on Hillary Clinton haven’t materialized yet, even though lots of out-of-state money are affecting New York elections.

Governor Pataki has “previous commitments upstate” and won’t be attending the fundraiser he’s hosting for Jeanine Pirro tonight.

Alan Hevesi and Christopher Callaghan will debate when?

Jeanine Pirro and her husband’s lawyer deny they were in cahoots to offer favorable plea bargains to the lawyer’s criminal clients.

Pirro is playing the victim while keeping a busy campaign schedule. And, as the Times writes, “Her appearances are largely geared toward television, where her advisers believe she has the greatest ability to connect with voters.”

The woman allegedly sleeping with Jeanine Pirro’s husband once gave her own husband a courtroom sketch of Albert Pirro as a gift.

Rep. Anthony Weiner says Democrats may be “kicking ourselves” for not helping the guy challenging Republican Rep. Vito Fossella.

The most harmful thing about Cocaine — the drink — is its name.

“Cocaine contains 280 milligrams of caffeine in its slim 8.2-ounce can.
Health experts say consuming 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine a day isn’t harmful.”

The state will get $1.5 billion from the federal government to help with struggling hospitals and will proceed with hospital closings at the end of the year.

Times reporter Joe Sharkey tells how his 13-passenger jet survived a mid-air collision with a 737 jumbo jet that killed 155 people.

And although U.S. Rep. Mark Foley’s name will still appear on the ballot in Florida, Republicans have named a replacement candidate.

– Azi Paybarah