The Morning Read: Friday, December 29, 2006

John Edwards, who often talks about poverty, made his presidential announcement while in the middle class neighborhood of East New Orleans, not the impoverished Lower Ninth Ward.

The health condition of Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota is improving.

Rudy Giuliani’s former pollster Frank Luntz outlines the former mayor’s strengths against John McCain: Giuliani is an outsider unafraid of the New York Times; is the embodiement of a city reborn; he has a record of results.

When Jon Corzine is on vacation, Kris Kolluri is governor of New Jersey.

Operators of adult homes have settled a lawsuit with Eliot Spitzer.

The challenges facing Spitzer as he takes office may not be as stiff as those that George Pataki inherited from Mario Cuomo.

Spitzer’s wife will have an office in the capitol.

The Albany County DA and the head of the state’s lobbying commission met yesterday to see how their offices can coordinate their efforts.

The negotiations between police union leaders and City Hall are not going well.

And the district attorney in the Duke rape case was hit with ethics charges.

– Azi Paybarah