The Morning Read: Monday, December 17, 2007

David Andelman at Forbes sees Michael Bloomberg entering the presidential race.

Am I worried? Of course I am,” said senior Romney adviser, Ronald C. Kaufman, about the rise of Mike Huckabee.

Bill Clinton wants Hillary to wrestle the “change agenda” away from Barack Obama.

The Albany County District Attorney issued new subpoenas to Eliot Spitzer’s office and is “frustrated” with their level of cooperation, reports Liz.

New York Republicans aren’t so keen on Rudy Giuliani anymore, says Fred Dicker.

Rudy Giuliani’s predecessor in the U.S. District Attorney’s office doesn’t think Rudy turned the office around and writes, “the important cases prosecuted during his tenure did not result from some unique initiative or insight on his part.”

Women polled by the Daily News are more likely to forgive Bill Clinton than Judy Nathan for their respective marital indiscretions.

If Robert Morgenthau leaves office early, rumor has it that Eliot Spitzer would appoint attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., to fill the vacancy.

Tom DiNapoli’s office won’t do business with a firm connected to controversial consultant Hank Morris.

Union 1199 may have some help from lawmakers if there’s a fight with Spitzer over healthcare spending.

Anti-smoking advocates want Michael Bloomberg to increase cigarette taxes.

Tony Avella’s bill to ban horse carriages in the city gets written up in the Washington Post.

Diana Fortuna has suggestions for cutting state spending, one of which is eliminating the Empire Zone project.

The New York Times editorial board opposes tolls on the East River bridges.

And don’t miss the fight between reporters, bloggers, and media critics over Washington Post reporter Perry Bacon’s article on Barack Obama’s ties to the Muslim world.

The Morning Read: Monday, December 17, 2007