The Morning Read: October 31, 2006

Ned Lamont returns to the issue of the Iraq War in his race against Joe Lieberman.

Bill Clinton said his wife’s senate office had become the “de facto” governor’s office because the current governor wasn’t doing enough for New Yorkers.

Andrew Cuomo’s victory on election night could be considered a comeback of sorts for his dad, who helped out behind the scenes.

The retired police officers who make up Alan Hevesi’s 6-man security detail have special permission to collect their pensions while also collecting a salary from the state.

Hevesi collected $100,000 in contributions from companies that do business with his office.

State police may have improperly withheld information from a reporter about a police incident at the home of Republican congressman John Sweeney [second item].

Mike Bloomberg said there may not be room for an independent candidate in 2008.

The Post editors endorse four Republicans for congress: Peter King, John Sweeney, Sue Kelley and Vito Fossella.

Errol Louis writes that Democrats may be surprised by how well Democratic challenger Steve Harrison is doing against Fossella.

John Faso plans to spend election night in Albany, which leads some to think he’s already expecting a defeat.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly opens up about what he reads to help lower crime.

Fred Siegel writes that France today is a lot like New York City before Rudy Giuliani.

And John Edwards lays out a plan to help Uganda.

— Azi Paybarah

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