Blog Posts by Holly Bailey, Yahoo News

  • LAST TICKET: Daniels hints he might not run in 2012; Tom Coburn wishes Gingrich weren’t alienating

    Here are the stories we took note of today but didn't give the full blog treatment:

    • Mitch Daniels says his day job might keep him out of the 2012 race. (AP)

    • Tom Coburn thinks Newt Gingrich might scare people. (GOP 12)

    • Rand Paul is headed to Iowa. (Des Moines Register)

    • More than 130 top congressional staffers are former lobbyists. (OpenSecrets)

    • George W. Bush showed up to honor Bill Frist on Capitol Hill. (First Read)

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  • Joe Biden can’t get anyone to name a school after him

    biden school

    President Obama already has seven schools around the country named after him, so you'd think Vice President Joe Biden wouldn't have a problem getting his name plastered on just one school in his home state of Delaware.

    But, as ABC News' Karen Travers reports, residents in Delaware's Brandywine School District on Tuesday voted against a bid to name a newly-build elementary school after the Veep, who represented the state for 36 years in the Senate.

    The move came after an anonymous website led a campaign to block the Biden name, calling it inappropriate to name a school after a sitting public official. "Biden will receive his honors in time," the site said. "Let's not make this one of them."

    (Photo of Biden: Ed Reinke/AP)

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  • Jon Huntsman is being trailed by a film crew in China

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    As he considers a 2012 bid, Jon Huntsman has been allowing a camera crew film him in various settings during his day job as President Obama's ambassador to China. It's unclear who's backing the project, but Reuters reports the filming has been happening on and off for the past year.

    "The privately funded project ostensibly plans to make a documentary about Huntsman, although it would undoubtedly come in handy in any political campaign," Reuters notes.

    Huntsman and other U.S. officials declined to comment on the story.

    (Photo of Huntsman: Andy Wong/AP)

  • As 2012 ramps up, Fox News pulls Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum off the air

    newt foxFox News Channel announced this morning that it has suspended Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, two of their paid contributors, as both openly consider presidential bids in 2012.

    My colleague Michael Calderone has more details about the suspension over at The Cutline, but what's notable about the announcement is that Fox did not suspend two other leading 2012 hopefuls on the network's payroll: Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee.

    Is this a sign that Fox's higher ups are skeptical Palin and Huckabee will run in 2012?

    (Photo of Gingrich:  Freddie Lee/Fox News via Getty Images)

  • Newt Gingrich sends mixed signals about 2012 and gets more publicity in the process

    gingrich thuIs Newt Gingrich planning to announce a presidential exploratory committee tomorrow? It depends on which one of his aides you talk to.

    For weeks, the former House Speaker has been telling reporters he will announce his decision on whether he'll seek the GOP nomination by early March. Within the past few days, the buzz has hit a fever pitch. Unnamed sources close to the potential candidate leaked out word to numerous news organizations, including ABC News, CNN, Fox News and the New York Times, that Gingrich would announce the formation of a presidential exploratory committee at a press conference in Atlanta on Thursday.

    Late Tuesday, Joe Gaylord, a longtime Gingrich adviser, confirmed the reports to the Des Moines Register. "It is exactly that, an exploratory committee," Gaylord said. "But you can't say that this is tantamount to an announcement of candidacy. It is the announcement of an exploratory committee that says, 'Is it really feasible for me to do this, and let me check this out in the next six or seven weeks, because I want to find out if it's real before I do it.'"

    But in an statement issued late Tuesday, Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler issued a "clarification" to the Register story. "To be clear, while Speaker Gingrich is in Georgia on Thursday, he will NOT announce the formation of an exploratory committee," Tyler said.

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  • LAST TICKET: Haley Barbour trashes ‘Romneycare’; Dead guy campaigns against Obama

    Here are the stories we took note of today but didn't give the full blog treatment:

    • Haley Barbour trashed Mitt Romney's health care plan. (CBS News)

    • The House passed a bill to avert a government shutdown. (NPR)

    • Houston man campaigns against President Obama from the grave. (Houston Chronicle)

    • The latest battle on Capitol Hill is over Styrofoam cups. (The Hill)

    • Newt Gingrich is totally going to announce his exploratory committee this Thursday! Maybe! (CNN Political Ticker)

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  • Nikki Haley is not exactly a big fan of Newt Gingrich

    haley newtAs Republicans ramp up their 2012 campaigns, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is certain to be one of the most sought-after endorsements in the country, considering she's a rising star GOPer who presides over a key early primary state.

    Haley, like other politicians, has been cagey about who she will support, but she's already giving big hints about who she won't endorse. Per The Fix's Aaron Blake, the South Carolina governor suggested to a group of reporters Monday that she thinks Newt Gingrich's time has passed.

    "There was a place and time for him," Haley said. "I think there is a respect for him that he's been there and done that."

    Asked whether she was suggesting his best years are behind him, the governor, who offered compliments to Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, tried to laugh it off. "Don't read into my words," Haley said. "You know, I'm just trying to be very honest with you."

    (Photo of Haley: Charles Dharapak/AP)

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  • Jeb Bush will appear with President Obama in Miami

    jeb obamaPresident Obama's 2012 strategy increasingly seems centered around one old mantra: "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."

    Case in point: The White House announced today that Obama will travel to Miami Friday where he'll appear with Jeb Bush at an event calling for increased federal spending on education.

    The former Florida governor, a frequent critic of Obama's handling of the economy, has repeatedly declined Republican entreaties to run against the president in 2012. But Bush's endorsement in the GOP presidential field is sure to be among the most highly coveted--a fact certainly not lost on the White House.

    For Obama, the benefits of sidling up to Bush are obvious, especially as the president attempts to recalibrate his image ahead of the 2012 campaign.

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  • Two ‘shadow GOP’ groups plan to spend $120 million on the 2012 campaign

    rove crossroadsA pair of conservative groups with ties to former Bush advisers Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie plans to nearly double what they spent in 2010 to boost Republicans in next year's elections.

    American Crossroads and its sister group, Crossroads GPS, plans to raise and spend at least $120 million on the 2012 campaign. That eclipses the $71 million the two groups spent during the last six months of the 2010 campaign, when they first emerged on the fund-raising scene.

    The 2012 effort, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal's Brody Mullins, also includes the launch of a new initiative, the Presidential Action Fund, which will conduct in-depth polling and lead turnout efforts for the eventual GOP White House nominee.

    The Fund will be paid for and housed within American Crossroads, a so-called 527 political group that can raise and spent unlimited contributions but is required to disclose its donors. Crossroads GPS, which is registered as a 501-c4 non-profit group, is allowed to accept unlimited contributions without disclosing its contributors but faces stricter limits on how it can spend its money.

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  • It’s official: Bristol Palin is going to be a published author

    palin bookAfter weeks of rumors, Bristol Palin has officially landed a book deal.

    Per the Associated Press, the 20-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin is writing a memoir called "Not Afraid of Life," tentatively due out this summer.

    According to William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins which is publishing the book, the memoir will offer "an inside look" at Palin's life, likely including her relationship with her estranged baby daddy, Levi Johnston, and perhaps even a few details about her famous mother.

    The publisher did not disclose how much Palin is being paid for the book.

    (Photo of Palin: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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