The Morning Read: Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Rudy Giuliani’s spokeswoman said the leaked papers were removed from a staffer’s piece of luggage and photocopied.

Which, according to some experts, makes the whole thing worse for Giuliani.

Eliot Spitzer will focus on fiscal issues in his state of the state address today. In one excerpt released already, Spitzer will say, “Property tax cuts and increased support for education must be considered in tandem.”

The Post writes a harsh editorial about Andrew Cuomo for not deputizing an assistant for Medicaid fraud yet.

The Albany County District Attorney who successfully prosecuted Alan Hevesi said he is investigating the state’s education, motor vehicle, health and insurance departments.

A Spitzer campaign worker can immediately start lobbying the new administration since he was never technically on the state payroll.

New Jersey reconsiders the death penalty.

Thanks to his biographies, Barack Obama is the first (potential) presidential candidate to admit to cocaine use.

And President Bush has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal [subscription] about the budget he’ll propose for the new congress.

— Azi Paybarah

The Morning Read: Wednesday, January 3, 2007