The Morning Read: Monday, December 4, 2006

Adam Nagourney says that “In Mr. Obama, Democrats have a prospective candidate who both underlines and compensates for the potential weaknesses that worry many Democrats about Mrs. Clinton.”

Hillary is meeting with New York Democrats to talk about 2008.

After meeting Eliot Spitzer in his apartment for two hours, Hillary told reporters they discussed “so many issues that affect the city, the state and the country.”

Some people wonder if Hillary can win in 2008.

In a New York magazine cover story, Mike Bloomberg asked rhetorically, “What chance does a five-foot-seven billionaire Jew who’s divorced really have of becoming president?”

John McCain’s counter-intuitive call for more troops in Iraq may be “reminding independents of the maverick they fell in love with in 2000,” according to Newsweek.

Eliot Spitzer may release a damning report detailing a two-month long probe by his office into Alan Hevesi.

The Democrats’ secret weapon of 2006 is revealed: Blake Zeff.

Congestion pricing is not on the mayor’s to-do list.

John Haggerty may be the next executive director of the state GOP.

Some Times reporters are reportedly banned from reading Manhattan weekly newspapers.

Spitzer’s campaign turned down $25,000 in contributions from a company but later accepted donations in the same amount from that company’s owner [added].

And could wikis and blogs prevent the next 9/11?

— Azi Paybarah

The Morning Read: Monday, December 4, 2006