Blog Posts by Holly Bailey

  • Hillary Clinton to give first paid speech

    Hillary Clinton (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is hitting the paid speaking circuit.

    A source tells CNN that Clinton has been hired to speak at an April 24 conference in Dallas sponsored by the National Multi Housing Council, a trade group that represents apartment owners, developers and lenders.

    It's the first paid speech that has been publicly announced, but a source close to Clinton tells Yahoo News there are likely to be other paid speeches preceding the April 24 remarks announced in coming weeks.

    The announcement of the Dallas speech comes as Clinton returns to the public eye this week with two high-profile unpaid speeches. She’ll speak at the Vital Voices Leadership Awards Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. On Friday morning, Clinton will keynote the Women in the World Summit in New York.

    It’s unclear how much Clinton is being paid for the Dallas speech. In February, she signed with the Harry Walker Agency, which also represents her husband on the speaking circuit.

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  • New York City appeals ‘soda ban’ ruling

    The sale of 20-ounce sodas would've been limited under the Bloomberg-backed ban (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    NEW YORK—City officials are asking an appeals court judge to reinstate a ban on the sale of large sugary drinks, arguing it is crucial to stopping a “serious health crisis” linked to obesity.

    The ban, championed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was struck down March 11—less than 24 hours before it was set to take effect—by state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling, who argued that the new regulation was undermined by loopholes. Tingling noted, among other things, an exemption that would have allowed state-regulated stores like 7-11 to continue selling large sodas.

    Tingling also argued that Bloomberg and the city’s Board of Health had overstepped their authority by not first putting the ban to a vote in the New York City Council.

    But Michael Cardozo, an attorney for the Bloomberg administration, rejected those points in the appeal the city filed Monday. Echoing arguments that have been made by Bloomberg in recent weeks, Cardozo said the Health department has a long track record of implementing “substantive rules and standards” aimed at protecting the health of city residents. Among other things, he cited a city requirement that fast food restaurants post the calorie counts of their menu items as well as municipal restrictions on the use of lead paint.

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  • Newtown families appear in Bloomberg anti-gun ads

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, released two television ads featuring family members of those killed in the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., calling for tougher guns laws.

    The ads—one is 60 seconds, the other is 90 seconds—feature the relatives talking about their loved ones who were killed and urging political leaders to do something to stop another incident like Newtown from happening.

    “I want to prevent any other family from having to go through what we’re going through, “ Chris O’Donnell, father of Grace O’Donnell, a 7-year-old first-grader who was killed at Sandy Hook, says in the ad.

    Terri Rousseau, whose daughter Lauren was a teacher at the school and was killed trying to protect her students, adds, “Don’t let the memory of Newtown fade without doing something real.”

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  • John Edwards’ daughter Cate speaks out about his affair

    Cate Edwards with her father, John, in North Carolina in 2012 (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)John Edwards’ daughter Cate is finally speaking out about her father’s affair with a former campaign aide, which effectively ended his marriage to her late mother, Elizabeth, and killed his political career.

    “I was devastated, and I was disappointed,” Cate Edwards tells NBC’s Savannah Guthrie in an interview set to air Friday on the “Today” show and “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” “I mean, these are my parents. I had grown up with a lot of love in my family.”

    According to interview excerpts released by the network, Edwards tells NBC her father told her about the affair directly. Asked if she was mad, she tells Guthrie, “Yeah, yeah of course.”

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  • Sarah Palin aims to stay relevant with new fundraising video

    Sarah Palin resigned as governor of Alaska in July 2009, and in the nearly four years since, she’s consciously worked to keep the political world wondering what she might do next. Will she run for president? Will she do another reality television show? Is she aiming for her own talk show?

    Palin hasn’t offered many answers, but a new fundraising video released by her political group, SarahPAC, suggests she at least wants the public to be curious about her intentions a little while longer.

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  • A New York City art show for George W. Bush? Not this time

    One of Bush's many paintings of dogs (Screenshot via Gawker)

    NEW YORK—George W. Bush’s artwork may be getting praise from art critics, but he’s still no closer to landing his first major show.

    On Tuesday, the Gagosian Gallery, one of the most prominent art galleries in the country, posted a message on its Facebook page that it would host an exhibition of the former president’s paintings at its Madison Avenue outpost in New York this Saturday, March 30.

    But it turns out it was just a joke. Asked if the show was happening, a woman who answered the phone at the gallery on Wednesday morning replied, “That was hoax. We will not be showing anything like that here.”

    And then she promptly hung up.

    A spokeswoman for the former president did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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  • Bloomberg touts 10-year anniversary of NYC smoking ban

    Michael Bloomberg (Allison Joyce/Getty Images)NEW YORK—Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a victory lap Wednesday, heralding the 10-year anniversary of a ban on smoking at the city’s bars and restaurants as “one of the best things that ever happened” to New York.

    Enacted in 2003, the Smoke-Free Air Act—one of the first major health initiatives Bloomberg pursued as mayor—was at first mired in controversy. Among other things, opponents argued it would kill the city’s bar and restaurant industry, and hurt tourism.

    But at a press conference at Old Town Bar, one of Manhattan’s oldest taverns, Bloomberg insisted those critics were wrong. He credited a nearly 50 percent growth in the hospitality industry to the fact that more people are dining out because they can do so without being around smoke.

    Bloomberg also touted stats showing at least 500 cities around the country that have adopted similar bans as proof that New York—and his administration—has been a leader in “innovative” municipal policies.

    “People want to come here because we are healthier,” Bloomberg said, describing the results of the bill as “very gratifying.” He added, “I think it’s fair to say that nobody wants to go back to the way things were.”

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  • Nixon documentary focuses on the other secret White House tapes: Home movies

    A scene from "Our Nixon" (via Dipper Films)

    More than 40 years after Watergate, historians are still combing through the more than 2,300 hours of audio from President Richard Nixon’s secret White House taping system. A paranoid indulgence for a man obsessed with documentation, the tapes ultimately helped drive the 37th president from office in a scandal that still haunts the country.

    But it turns out it wasn’t just Nixon who had a fondness for documentation in his White House. Locked away in the National Archives for decades were more than 200 reels of home movies featuring Nixon shot by a trio of his former top aides whose names have become synonymous with the Watergate scandal.

    The reels of Super 8 film—shot by former Nixon chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, domestic policy adviser John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin, Nixon’s personal aide, all of whom were convicted for their roles in the Watergate conspiracy—are the subject of a new documentary, “Our Nixon.”

    The movie, which closes out the New Directors/New Films festival sponsored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Museum of Modern Art on March 31, draws from the roughly 35 hours of Super 8 footage shot by Nixon’s confidants as well as the president’s audio recordings and other archival footage to offer a different side of the Nixon administration as it sunk into scandal.

    Fueled in part by the paranoid tone of the so-called Watergate tapes, Nixon’s former aides have long been defined as ruthless political operatives willing to do anything to get their boss re-elected. But the home movies paint a more complex portrait of Nixon and his staffers, showing they had a lighter, “almost dorky” side, as Penny Lane, the film’s director puts it.

    “There was this idea that everybody working for Nixon was sort of a grim, humorless gray man. That’s how these guys were written about in the news media,” Lane says. “But that’s so not what we see in the home movies. And the more we got to know them in looking over interviews and reading their memoirs, and I was like, wow, they really weren’t like that.”

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  • Same-sex marriage advocates go red on Facebook and Twitter

    The Human Rights Campaign's new red logo (via Facebook)

    Thousands of demonstrators in support of same-sex marriage rallied outside the Supreme Court in Washington as the high court began hearings Tuesday on whether gay and lesbian couples should have the constitutional right to wed. But that wasn’t the only show of support by gay marriage advocates.

    On Facebook and Twitter, thousands of users changed their profile pictures to the image of a pink equal sign over a red background to show their support for same-sex marriage. The graphic was a take on the usual blue and yellow logo of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group that released the red image to mobilize supporters around the Supreme Court’s gay marriage hearings this week.

    According to HRC, the new logo debuted on the group’s Facebook page on Monday at 1 p.m. ET and has since been shared more than 100,000 times. At least 70,000 of those shares came through followers of George Takei, a former “Star Trek” actor who is openly gay. On Tuesday, Takei changed his profile photo to the

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  • Voters like Chris Christie but aren’t sure he should run for president

    Christie (D Dipasupi/Getty Images)New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears to be on his way to winning re-election, but voters in his state aren’t so sure he should run for president.

    A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday found that 70 percent of New Jersey voters approve of the job Christie is doing—one of the highest approval ratings for any governor in the country. Sixty-six percent of voters—including 44 percent of Democrats—say he deserves to win a second term this fall.

    But voters are split on whether Christie should run for the White House—and whether he would make a good president. Forty-six percent of New Jersey voters want to see Christie run for president in 2016, compared with 47 percent who don’t. Meanwhile, just 41 percent of those polled say he would be a good president, compared with 44 percent who said he would not.

    Still, the latest poll suggests Christie is on his way to a potential landslide victory this fall. He leads his likely Democratic opponent, state Sen. Barbara Buono, by 35 points—60

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