The Morning Read: Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The former head of the Iowa Democratic Party doubts Hillary Clinton can win that state while being “a control freak.”

TNR has a piece looking at whether Barack Obama can handle the rock-star treatment [subscription].

Of the media’s love affair with Obama, Howard Kurtz says “Trust me, that will change” if he officially declares his candidacy.

Alan Hevesi has been invited to testify before a grand jury considering criminal charges against him in Albany.

The effort to remove Hevesi isn’t going so well.

Sam Roberts looks at the history of the governor’s mansion and how Eliot Spitzer may use it.

George Pataki’s last session with the legislature may include deals on civil confinement, legislative pay increases and more charter schools.

Fred Dicker reports that lawmakers will get a pay hike if they agree to Pataki’s wish list.

New York Post editors don’t like the city comptroller’s anti-Wal-Mart stance.

And Errol Louis suggests a holiday gift if you want your 2-year-old to read.

— Azi Paybarah

The Morning Read: Tuesday, December 12, 2006