The Morning Read: Friday, January 26, 2007

Hillary Clinton will drop in on her Hollywood friends next month to head off Barack Obama’s courting of some of the town’s most deep-pocketed stars and moguls. Elizabeth Taylor calls Hillary “savvy.”

A bipartisan independent panel charged with recommending top candidates for the vacant comptroller position jilted the hard-lobbying Sheldon Silver by not including any of his picks. Silver promptly called the panel toothless and said he doesn’t care what they suggest.

A poll shows that New Jersey likes Giuliani.

This other poll is good for Hillary.

The National Security Agency’s super-classified domestic surveillance program may be too secret to be legal.

Anti-war activists are set to march on Washington.

But the Democrats are still divided.

A conservative candidate, California Representative Duncan Hunter, entered the race for president and started campaigning by driving around his state in a motor home. He’s for the war and against abortion.

With a booming real estate market and tax revenues for the fiscal year $2 billion higher than estimated even a couple of months ago, Mayor Bloomberg forsees a $3.9 billion surplus in next years budget that will allow him to cut city taxes.

And finally, it’s cold.

— Jason Horowitz

The Morning Read: Friday, January 26, 2007