The Morning Read: Friday, August 10, 2007

Republicans at a hearing yesterday said the state Inspector General didn’t finish investigating Eliot Spitzer.

Squabbling between Democrats and Republicans hampered the hearing.

Andrew Cuomo’s chief of staff contradicted Spitzer’s account that investigators were happy to accept written testimony instead of speaking directly with Richard Baum and Darren Dopp.

An aide to Cuomo who said the office wants subpoena power told lawmakers that additional authority would not have changed the results of their investigation.

At a debate focusing on LGBT issues, John Edwards denied he ever said he felt “uncomfortable” around gay people.

Billy Graham calls Hillary Clinton “warm” and “spiritual” in his new book.

In an interview before running for president, Hillary seemed to take the nuclear option off the table for a hypothetical invasion of Iran, which is what she criticized Barack Obama for doing for a hypothetical anti-terrorist invasion into Afghanistan or Pakistan.

In a new deal with City Hall, mourners will be able to go down to Ground Zero for the anniversary of September 11th.

Some rescue workers dispute Rudy Giuliani’s claim that he is “one of them” and spent more time at Ground Zero than most responders.

Lenora Fulani repudiates her anti-Semitic remarks.

And The Times Herald-Record editorial board likes Spitzer’s humbler message, but say he “has to clear this mess up quickly and cleanly.”

The Morning Read: Friday, August 10, 2007