The Morning Read: Friday, July 20, 2007

Ed Koch changes his stance and wants troops withdrawn from Iraq.

Rudy Giuliani criticizes the way George Bush pursued Al Qaeda.

Newt Gingrich thinks Giuliani generates less passion among voters than Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

A Pentagon official who worked for Dick Cheney says Clinton’s rhetoric helps the enemy.

Sheldon Silver said “the debate and negotiations” over congestion pricing have “just begun.”

The campaign finance deal reached in Albany would ban contributions from registered lobbyists.

In March, Con Ed workers fixed a leak at the site in Midtown that later exploded.

14 of 56 samples collected near the explosion contained asbestos.

Tony Avella criticizes a mob magazine.

Michael Bloomberg writes a column about the fallen police officer.

“The New York Times hates children,“ writes Andrea Peyser.

And Andrew Mangino thinks the Times shouldn't mess with magic [last letter].

The Morning Read: Friday, July 20, 2007