First Read Flash: The year of political redemption?

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Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer speaks at the Reuters Global Financial Regulation Summit in 2010.
Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer speaks at the Reuters Global Financial Regulation Summit in 2010.
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Spitzer eyes comeback. Add former New York governor Eliot Spitzer to the list of disgraced politicians who are asking for forgiveness from the voters. Resigning amid a prostitution scandal five years ago, Spitzer told the New York Times he will run for New York City comptroller and hopes “that voters are ready to look past his previous misconduct.” Spitzer told the Times: “I’m hopeful there will be forgiveness, I am asking for it.” Spitzer joins former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who’s running for New York City mayor, and former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who was elected to Congress in a special election earlier this year, on the list of former lawmakers looking to return to politics after falls from grace.

Deadly clashes continue in Egypt. “At least 42 were killed and 322 injured in clashes early Monday near the Republican Guard headquarters in the Egyptian capital, according to a Ministry of Health source. Supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi had been holding a sit-in near the compound,” NBC News reports. “A Ministry of Defense official said that 200 people were arrested after protesters attacked the site around 4 a.m. local time (10 p.m. ET on Sunday). Some were armed with guns, Molotov cocktails and knives, according to the official. One officer was killed and six troops wounded, the military said.”

Health care’s new push.  ”In an effort to put President Obama’s health care program back on track, the White House has recruited Chris Jennings, a respected veteran of the Clinton administration, to join the Obama team as a health policy coordinator and strategist,” the New York Times reports. “The White House expects to announce the hiring of Mr. Jennings and other health care personnel later this week….The Obama administration is hiring additional personnel in advance of the opening of marketplaces where consumers will be able to shop for insurance, starting on Oct. 1.”

First Read Flash: The year of political redemption?

Updated