The Morning Read: Thursday, January 3, 2007

“[T]he war is becoming a less defining issue among Democrats nationally,” writes Adam Nagourney.

The Wall Street Journal looks at “the ad primary”.

There are some “creative interpretations of the new rules” on lobbying Congress members, reports David Herszenhorn.

Diane Cardwell finds it worth noting that Michael Bloomberg’s of “unusually dismissive language” for the presidential candidates came on “the eve of the Iowa caucuses”.

The New York Sun headlnes an article about Bloomberg’s remarks yesterday, “Mayor Softens His Denial."

Rudy Giuliani could run for mayor of New York City again, writes Grace Rauh.

Eliot Spitzer spent only 47 nights in Albany in 2007.

Darren Dopp is fighting a subpoena of his hand-written diary.

What’s the real policy on bringing cell phones to city public schools?

Fatigue sets in on the campaign trail.

Michael Daly channels Bloomberg’s inner monologue and writes, “Of course, the other candidates will be more inclined to listen and respond if they think I might be running.”

Gail Collins thinks you should ignore Iowa.

Freelance writer Michael Judge, who is from Iowa, says the same thing [subscription].

David Broder says focus on New Hampshire instead.

Marty Peretz writes, “if Obama did well in the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary, Bloomberg would face a challenge of conscience that he wouldn’t face with Mrs. Clinton: whether to run against the first African-American to have a chance at the White House.”

With the idea that Bloomberg’s presidential cabinet would have Democrats and Republicans, Lee Cary wonders, “If a relatively evenly divided Legislative branch is dysfunctional, what makes the luminaries think that a more equal split of power in the Executive branch will help?”

Dick Morris says the "subprimaries” in Iowa today are “Obama vs. Edwards for the position of chief challenger to Clinton, John McCain vs. Rudy Giuliani for the right to wear the ‘moderate’ Republican mantle”.

The Wall Street Journal predicts a Bloomberg candidacy would result in the election of a Democrat, and questions what the mayor would really stand for nationally [subscription].

The New York Sun predicts that education advocates expecting more funding from Spitzer “are in for a disappointment."