Dr. Rabbi Martin Gordon's good article "Netilat Yadayim Shel Shaharit: Ritual of Crisis or Dedication?" is now online (hat tip). I had quoted the article in my most recently published article (p. 168, n. 82).
The topic of morning hand-washing was also the subject of a posting of mine from three and a half years ago ("Got Evil Spirit on Your Hands?").
Enjoy the article!