The Morning Read: Friday, December 15, 2006

South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson is recovering.

The New Jersey legislature voted for civil unions.

Hillary Clinton had an expensive lunch with Al D’Amato and Ed Koch.

On Monday, Hillary will go on the Today show, and on Wednesday she’ll be on The View.

Howard Kurtz is intrigued with the thought of Dennis Kucinich running for president again.

“So Kucinich’s presence on stage at those cattle-call debates could put pressure on her, especially with Democratic primary voters being more anti-Iraq war than the population as a whole.”

John McCain said 15,000 to 30,000 more troops should be sent to Iraq.

George Pataki has his final days in Albany ruined by Sheldon Silver.

Eliot Spitzer may name his top transportation adviser to head the MTA.

And Rep. Sue Kelly, who lost her re-election to John Hall, spent $25.75 per vote.

– Azi Paybarah