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The Read: Political chatter from elsewhere

Each Saturday on the Politics Now blog you will find a list of stories that caught the eyes of The News' political reporters. Over the last week, here is a sampling of what they were reading:

--"Redrawn Districts Present a Hurdle for Democrats" by Raymond Hernandez, New York Times. Reps. Kathy Hochul and Louise Slaughter top a list of New York Democrats that the NYT points out have suddenly found themselves on the defensive in districts "once considered safe for the party." A story that appeared in the Times on Monday pegged Hochul as "considered among the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents in New York."

--"Gov. Cuomo could be on collision course with Clintons in 2016 race for White House" by Kenneth Lovett, New York Daily News. It’s been whispered about for months: the political steamroller who could make Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2016 White House ambitions just a tad more difficult. And then former President Bill Clinton –- Cuomo’s onetime boss -– dropped the bomb the other day: He’d be “happy’’ if his wife, Hillary, ran for president in four years. A couple days after the former president’s shot-heard-around-Albany interview on Good Morning America, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told a television interviewer that she would “love’’ to see Hillary Clinton run in 2016. [It’s noteworthy that Pelosi was a big booster of former Gov. Mario Cuomo during his past White House rumination days.]

--Check out Texts from Hillary, a Tumblr that juxtaposes pictures of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Here's some insight on it from MSNBC's Helen A.S. Popkin.

--"Romney team in New York looks to deliver knockout primary blow to Rick Santorum" by Jason Horowitz, Washington Post. Horowitz writes that if Romney's wins in primaries earlier this week "served as a death sentence for Santorum’s campaign, New York promises to be the executioner."

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