The Morning Read: Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The national scene…

13 months after ’06 election, Congressional Dems sign off on $70 billion more for Iraq, ignore “pay-as-you-go” promise

John Edwards likes to use variations of the word "fight"

Hillary tries to talk about herself, ends up talking about home heating assistance

Mitt Romney is quickly becoming the Dick Vermeil of presidential candidates

And he has no recollection whatsoever of the time he helped raise money for Planned Parenthood

The Boston Globe suggests that Hillary and Obama have swapped playbooks

Obama wins the Ken Burns Primary

Zogby poll has Huckabee within one-point of Rudy nationally; Hillary up 11

New UNH Republican poll: Romney 34, McCain 22; Thompson now tied with Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo

And the same poll has Hillary back up by 12 over Obama; Dodd doing even worse than Fred Thompson

Mark Leibovich’s profile of Mike Huckabee – including “an exclusive treadmill interview” with the candidate

The Concord Monitor spots an interesting demographic tidbit: Nearly one in four eligible New Hampshire primary voters did not live in the state or were not old enough to vote just six years ago.

Headline cliché: Turnout will be important!

From the Cedar Rapids Gazette: Clinton to go into high gear after Christmas break

The Daily News is the latest to wonder if Bill is upstaging Hillary

Rudy’s Bernie Kerik headaches aren’t going away


Closer to home…

Eliot Spitzer may have a new point-man for taking back the state Senate

The speech so nice, he’ll give it twice

“Too old to retire,” Morgenthau nixes early exit rumors, non-committal on ‘09

The Morning Read: Wednesday, December 19, 2007