The Morning Read: Friday, May 4, 2007

Hillary Clinton joined Senator Robert Byrd in introducing legislation to repeal authority for the Iraq war.

John McCain criticized Bush’s handling of the war, while Rudy Giuliani said Bush did the right thing at the right time in handling terrorism.

Giuliani also said he hates abortion, but would respect a woman’s right to have one.

Overall, Giuliani made the case that Republicans need to reach out to voters outside their party to win in 2008.

Michael Goodwin said Giuliani looked “uncomfortable and dodgy.”

David Yepsen of the Des Moines Register said the big winner was McCain.

Roger Simon of The Politico said the winner was Mitt Romney.

Florida’s new presidential primary date is January 29, leapfrogging ahead South Carolina.

Mike Bloomberg dined in Washington with the independent-minded Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.

Governor Spitzer will host a fund-raiser for Senate Democrats on Monday in New York City, which is a legislative session day.

Spitzer’s plan to keep more apartments under rent stabilization was criticized by Joe Bruno.

The Daily News editorial board doesn’t like Con Ed’s use of livery cabs to babysit stray-voltage hotspots.

The Assemblyman who slept at an intern’s home after a night of heavy drinking got punished.

Speaker Christine Quinn is using stickers instead of signatures for members to sing-off on funding proposals.

Rupert Murdoch has a strategy to woo Dow Jones reporters and shareholders, the Wall Street Journal reports [subscription].

And meet the new, on-line political operatives.