Blog Posts by Holly Bailey, Yahoo News

  • Bloomberg scolds media for focusing on Anthony Weiner’s past

    Bloomberg (Larry Busacca/Getty ImagesThere’s at least one person in New York who isn’t caught up in the frenzy over whether former Rep. Anthony Weiner might run for mayor: Michael Bloomberg, the man who currently holds the seat.

    Per the New York Post, Bloomberg didn’t respond kindly to reporters asking him for his reaction to Weiner’s possible return to politics, disclosed in a lengthy New York Times magazine story this week. Bloomberg said it was up to the ex-lawmaker “to decide whether he wants to run or not.”

    But then Bloomberg chided reporters for even asking him about Weiner's political plans and said they were focusing too much on the sexting scandal that forced Weiner from office two years ago.

    “I think the fact that that's the question of the day ... there's got to be more important things than who runs or his history. We have major problems facing this city. Maybe that's what you should be focusing on,” Bloomberg said, per the Post.

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  • Gloria Steinem backs Christine Quinn for NYC mayor

    Gloria Steinem and Christine Quinn at a Planned Parenthood gala in March. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)Feminist icon Gloria Steinem formally endorsed New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s bid for mayor.

    The backing comes after Steinem, who lives in Manhattan, had publicly threatened to withhold her support of Quinn over the speaker’s opposition to a bill that would require businesses to give paid sick time to its employees.

    Two weeks ago, Quinn announced she had reached a compromise with labor unions on the issue and would soon bring the legislation to a vote of the City Council—even though Mayor Michael Bloomberg has threatened to veto it.

    If elected, Quinn would not only be the city’s first female mayor, but also the city’s first openly gay mayor. Last year, she married her longtime partner, Kim Catullo.

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  • George W. Bush raises more than $500 million for library

    George W. Bush speaking in Fort Worth in March. (Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram via Getty Images)Former President George W. Bush has raised more than $500 million for his presidential library set to open later this month.

    “It was our goal to raise $500 million by the time the George W. Bush Presidential Center was dedicated, and we reached that goal,” Mark Langdale, president of the George W. Bush Center, tells Time Magazine’s Zeke Miller.

    That total means Bush has emerged as one of the most successful postpresidency fundraisers. By comparison, former President Bill Clinton had barely raised the $165 million to cover the cost of his presidential library when it opened in Little Rock in 2004—though he has gone on to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years for his foundation.

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  • Anthony Weiner is weighing a run for NYC mayor

    Anthony Weiner in 2011 (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    Anthony Weiner, the former congressman who was forced out of office after he was busted sexting with women who were not his wife, says he’s considering a run for New York City mayor this year.

    In an interview with the New York Times magazine, Weiner, who resigned under pressure in 2011, says he wants a “second chance” from voters and calls the upcoming mayoral race a case of “now or maybe never for me.”

    “I don’t have this burning, overriding desire to go out and run for office,” Weiner tells the Times in an interview posted online early Wednesday. “It’s not the single animating force in my life as it was for quite some time. But I do recognize, to some degree, it’s now or maybe never for me, in terms of running for something. I’m trying to gauge not only what’s right and what feels comfortable right this second, but I’m also thinking, how will I feel in a year or two years or five years? Is this the time that I should be doing it? And then there’s the other side of the coin, which is

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  • NYC mayoral candidates debate future of post-Sandy waterfront

    Superstorm Sandy damage along the Staten Island waterfront looking toward Manhattan (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    The candidates vying to succeed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg this year insist the city cannot back away from redeveloping its waterfront in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. But with many parts of New York still struggling to recover almost six months after Sandy's devastation, there’s little consensus on how to rebuild—and how it can be done to withstand other potential storms.

    Six of New York City’s seven declared mayoral candidates appeared Tuesday at a forum on a boat docked along the Hudson River focused on the future of the post-Sandy waterfront. There, all six repeatedly emphasized that New York should embrace water—insisting it had been a mistake for the city to build roads and highways along its waterfront areas rather than encourage development.

    But at the same time, they offered little details on how the city—and how they, if elected mayor—should move forward in the aftermath of Sandy.

    “One of the things that has made New York City great is its reality as a river city, a port city. At some point in our history … we turned our back literally and figuratively (on the water) and stopped embracing its potential for jobs … for transportation,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the perceived front-runner in the race, said.

    But, she added, “We clearly got the most significant message we could get that we are a waterfront city this past fall with Hurricane Sandy, and we need to recognize that rebuilding and re-envisioning our city in a climate change world is the most important infrastructure project of our time. … This is our moment, and we have to seize it.”

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  • Chelsea Clinton doesn’t rule out bid for public office

    After years of refusing to talk to the press, Chelsea Clinton has gradually raised her public profile over the past year, inking a deal as a special correspondent for NBC News and taking on a more prominent role in the Clinton Foundation—run by her father, former President Bill Clinton.

    Not surprisingly, that has led to speculation about the former first daughter’s future. Could she be thinking about a run for public office? In an interview with her employer, NBC News, on Monday, Clinton didn’t quite rule it out.

    “Right now I'm grateful to live in a city, a state and a country where I strongly support my mayor, my governor, my president and my senators and my representative,” Clinton said in an interview that aired on the “Today Show.” “If at some point that weren't true, and I thought I could make a meaningful and measurably greater impact, I'd have to ask and answer that question.”

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  • Hillary Clinton: Empowering women is a ‘core imperative’

    NEW YORK—Hillary Clinton delivered a rousing speech on women’s rights on Friday, insisting that empowering women is a “core imperative” for society if the United States is to enjoy economic success and remain a global leader.

    Speaking at the Women in the World Summit organized by Tina Brown, editor in chief of Newsweek The Daily Beast, Clinton acknowledged women “have come so far” in areas including politics and in the workplace. But she called gender equality the "unfinished business of the 21st century"—not just in developing countries, but also in the U.S., where women continue to be “marginalized” when it comes to access to education and their ability to receive a salary equal to their male peers.

    “For many American women, the dream of upward mobility … the American dream remains elusive,” Clinton declared. “No country can achieve its full economic potential when women are left out or left behind."

    It was Clinton’s second major speech this week—and the second time she spoke of the need to empower women around the world, an issue that has long driven her career in public life.

    Echoing remarks she made earlier this week at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards at Washington's Kennedy Center, a ceremony honoring women in leadership, Clinton spoke of how she tried to make women’s rights a central tenet of her four years as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, insisting that empowering women “advances security and prosperity for everyone.”

    She added, “But as strong as a case we have made, too many otherwise thoughtful people continue to see the fortunes of women and girls as somehow separate from society at large. They nod, they smile, and then they relegate these issues to the sidelines.”

    Giving working women a “fighting chance isn’t a nice thing to do," she said. "It isn’t some luxury that we get to when we have time on our hands. This a core imperative for every human being in society.”

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  • NYC fast-food workers strike for higher pay

    Fast-food workers protest outside a Manhattan Wendy's. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

    NEW YORK—At least 400 fast-food workers here walked off their jobs on Thursday as part of a citywide protest to demand better pay.

    Employees from popular chain restaurants including McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s participated in what was a rolling protest throughout the day to call attention to the plight of low-paid fast-food workers.

    The walkout was organized by Fast Food Forward, a coalition backed by labor, religious and community groups. It was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was shot and killed in Memphis where he had been supporting a strike by low-paid sanitation workers.

    “They were actually demanding the same things workers were demanding today: living wages and the right to organize,” Jonathan Westin, the director of Fast Food Forward, told Yahoo News.

    Employees are demanding to be paid at least $15 an hour—or roughly double the $7.25 minimum wage that most fast-food workers in the city are paid. At least 60 restaurants were affected, according to Fast Food Forward.

    According to Westin, the protest was roughly double the size of a walkout the coalition organized in November in New York. That event was widely described as the largest job-action protest to ever hit the fast-food industry.

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  • Hillary Clinton returns to the public eye amid speculation about 2016

    Hillary Clinton speaks in Washington on Tuesday. (Cliff Owen/AP)

    It’s been just two months since Hillary Clinton left her post as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state. But as she re-emerges this week to deliver a pair of speeches honoring women's contributions to public life, it's as if the political world hadn’t seen her in ages.

    Clinton's appearance on Friday morning at media maven Tina Brown's Women of the World summit in New York—coming just three days after an appearance at a gala honoring women in leadership in Washington—looks to only further intensify the unofficial parlor game of political junkies and the media just under 43 months until Election Day 2016: Will she run for president again?

    Clinton has repeatedly said she has no plans for another White House run, but hasn’t quite ruled it out. And as a result, every move she makes has been viewed through the prism of a potential candidacy.

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  • Obama and former presidents to attend George W. Bush’s library dedication

    (l-r) George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter at the White House in 2009 (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    President Barack Obama will join his four predecessors at the dedication ceremony for former President George W. Bush’s presidential library later this month in Dallas.

    First reported by Time Magazine, Obama will appear with Bush and the three other living former presidents—Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton—who are all confirmed to attend the April 25 ceremony.

    The event marks the first time in four years the five have met in person. As members of what's long been referred to as the “world’s most exclusive club,” the presidents last met in January 2009—just days before Obama was sworn in to succeed George W. Bush at the White House.

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