The Morning Read: November 1, 2006

Sparks fly in close races over what to do in Iraq.

John Kerry responds to the White House criticism of his “botched joke” about Iraq.

The News gets a hold of a 1995 2005 police report of an incident in which Rep. John Sweeney’s wife called the police to report that her husband was “knocking her around the house.”

Charles Schumer and Mike Bloomberg write an op-ed [subscription] about what New York can learn from London, and say an independent firm will issue a report next month on how to lure businesses here.

After his meteoric rise in politics, Ned Lamont is once again the underdog.

Republicans are donating a lot of money to keep the state Senate out of Democratic hands.

Jeanine Pirro paid her driver $150,000 in overtime over two years.

Andrew Cuomo is endorsed by the Albany Times Union.

Alan Hevesi’s lawyer said the State Ethics Commission ignored threats to the comptroller outlined in a 2003 letter from state police.

John Faso told the New York Sun he has no regrets about how his gubernatorial race is going.

– Azi Paybarah