Holly Bailey

Stories by Holly Bailey

  • Democrats: Convoys For Cash

    If you're running for president, you can't let anything slow you down. Not even a war. Against the backdrop of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2004 Democratic presidential hopefuls tried to fill their own war chests last week: March 31 is the cutoff for political contributions that can appear on the first-quarter fund-raising reports released in mid-April. Candidates strive for impressive totals since the amount of money each raises is a marker of his political viability. While estimates varied, campaign insiders predicted Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry would lead the pack with at least $8 million raised, followed by Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt, Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, Connecticut's Joe Lieberman and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who sent an e-mail announcing that he was nearing the $1 million mark. In an e-mail to supporters asking for contributions of up to $2,000, Edwards wrote, "While our prayers are with our men and women overseas and the families they left behind, we must...
  • Media: Hustling To The Front

    As the United States prepares for military action in Iraq, the media are gearing up, too. And not just the usual suspects. A federal judge last week dismissed a lawsuit by Hustler publisher Larry Flynt after the Pentagon agreed to allow one of the magazine's reporters to travel with ground troops in Iraq--excellent news for that guy who buys the publication for the articles. "If people are going to send their kids into combat, they have every right to know what is really going on," Flynt tells NEWSWEEK. "Only a free press can offer that--no matter if it's the mainstream media or someone who works for me."But Flynt is not the only one working to get as much access as possible. Correspondents for the tabloid TV program "Inside Edition" and MTV were among the roughly 200 reporters who recently participated in combat-training boot camps sponsored by the Defense Department. Networks haven't finalized specific programming details--Nickelodeon, A&E and Black Entertainment Television...