Blog Posts by Holly Bailey

  • 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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  • I want my MTV: Museum exhibit celebrates the art of the music video

    Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is seen in a still from "House of Cards" (Image via MOMI)

    MTV may be best known these days for its soapy reality shows featuring teenage moms and drunken partygoers at the “Jersey Shore.” But long before the world had even heard of a pint-size princess named Snooki, the cable channel was wholly devoted to music videos—airing them nearly 24 hours a day when MTV first launched in 1981.

    Back then, music videos were often dismissed by critics as nothing more than ads or, more simply, radio playing on television. But decades later—years after MTV dropped most of its video programming—the music video has slowly been embraced as art, important and influential enough to merit a major exhibition launching this week in New York.

    On Wednesday, the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, will open “Spectacle: The Music Video,” a massive exhibition that features more than 300 videos, artifacts and interactive installations chronicling the development and influence of the music video as an art form.

    While the show acknowledges MTV’s influence in

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  • 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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