The Morning Read: November 16, 2006

A top military commander warns congress against reducing troop levels in Iraq.

Bill Clinton said he doesn’t favor a public timetable for withdrawing from Iraq.

Mayor Bloomberg outlined some legislative priorities for what he wants from the new congress.

The mayor’s proposed ban on trans-fats could backfire.

The pay raise the City Council approved for itself is retroactive to November 1.

State Comptroller Alan Hevesi, who is under investigation, released an audit criticizing state and county agencies for how they spend their money.

One difference between John McCain and Rudy Giuliani: McCain has to reveal the names of donors to his presidential exploratory committee.

Eliot Spitzer caught a lucky break because there’s been a nationwide downturn in the cost of Medicaid.

Spitzer should also “deputize” Tom Suozzi and enlist him in the fight against Albany’s status quo, says Bill Hammond.

Joseph Mondello of Nassau County has enough votes to become the new GOP State Chairman, but some Republicans are not happy.

A cop who investigated an incident involving Rep. John Sweeney’s son got demoted.

And the Times has a new news blog.

– Azi Paybarah