The Morning Read: Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Doubts are raised about the story of the Ground Zero police officer who died on the day his son attended the State of the Union speech with Hillary Clinton.

Richard Cohen said Hillary should have questioned the administration better before her vote to authorize the use of force in Iraq.

Mike Bloomberg has proposed millions of dollars in cuts to education, child and health care programs despite a $3.9 billion surplus.

Eliot Spitzer will support plans for the Freedom Tower, a project he criticized earlier.

In explaining why Spitzer is criticizing fellow Democratic lawmakers, his spokesman said, “He’s using the system the way it was meant to be used.”

Joe Bruno said the governor must be “hallucinating” if he thinks the Democrats will take over the Senate.

A Pataki holdover working as deputy secretary of state was fired from his six-figure job.

The state Republican chairman blamed the recent loss of a state Senate seat in Nassau on the Democratic governor’s popularity and the Republican president’s unpopularity.

And Karl Rove says that the early 2008 campaigning is excessive.

– Azi Paybarah