The Morning Read: Monday, December 11, 2006

New York magazine looks at Alan Hevesi and his complicated personal situation.

At the same time, Hevesi may benefit from a legal argument written by a Republican state Senator.

Time magazine says, “By trying to become the perfect candidate for the primaries, McCain could be creating difficulties for himself in a general election.”

Adam Nagourney wondered over the weekend if America is “more likely to vote for a woman or an African-American for president.”

George Pataki will decide whether to run for president next year.

Eliot Spitzer’s mettle may be tested over the issue of raising salaries for state lawmakers.

New York Times editors like the idea of studying congestion pricing.

The Sun editors are weary of the lame-duck session of the legislature.

Ben looks inside Barack Obama’s meeting with George Soros and other high-end contributors.

And there’s a new cover photo and introduction to Hillary’s book, It Takes a Village.

– Azi Paybarah