Morning Read: Paladino Punch

Paladino aide Michael Caputo had the “the dubious honor of going through Carl’s outbox.”

“I do believe Carl fell in love with the kerplunk of the turd in the punchbowl,” Caputo said.

Zero hour for Charlie Rangel.

Rangel is doing some last-minute lobbying.

Some of his colleagues would like to put this behind them.

Senator Schumer says there will be a vote on the 9/11 health care bill “no matter what.”

Vanquished Congressman Dan Maffei’s staff is all sharing one desk now.

Michael Daly calls Scott Brown a Scrooge.

The debt commission calls for an “adult conversation.”

The City Council is poised to debate Wal-Mart in NYC.

The Tea Party caucus took home $1 billion in earmarks.

David Paterson is concerned about adapting to life outside of office with his disability.Paterson reached out to lawmakers recently to see if they would approve same-sex marriage during the lame-duck session this year. Their answer: No.

Two reasons not to write off Mike Bloomberg for President: the political environment and his money.

David Weigel doesn’t understand why Bloomberg’s national approval rating is only 19%, since “his favorable rating in the press is roughly 99 percent, give or take 1 percent.”

Morning Read: Paladino Punch