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Yahoo News Postulates a Villaraigosa 2016 Presidential Run

Yahoo News writer David Chalian must not live in Los Angeles. Because if he did, the thought of a 2016 Villraigosa presidential run would seem comically far-fetched. But that doesn’t stop Chalian from penning at least a thousand words on the prospect.

It’s easy to dismiss Villaraigosa’s likelihood of capturing the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, much less the presidency, due to his rocky (and public) personal life, lack of a developed national fundraising base, and occasional conflicts with portions of his political base.

But recall that Bill Clinton made it to the Oval Office with the personal baggage of infidelity and Barack Obama became the first non-white candidate to achieve the highest office in the land–you can begin to see how Villaraigosa’s interest in a 2016 run may yet still develop.

We personally don’t see it developing. But who knows? Maybe the Mayor can turn his 30/10 initiative to build a subway to the sea in 10 years, instead of 30, into a 30/2 initiative. That would be something to hang his hat on for a primary battle.

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Virginia Heffernan Joins Yahoo! News as National Correspondent

Yahoo! News continues to expand its journalism team. Virginia Heffernan joins as a national correspondent covering culture and politics from a digital perspective. She will also explore how our daily lives and decisions are shaped by emerging technology and behavior.

“We could not be more excited about Virginia joining the growing Yahoo! News team,” said Hillary Frey, managing editor. “Lots of us here are long-time admirers of her writing—from her earlier TV writing at Slate, to her work at The New York Times and beyond— so bringing her on is truly a thrill. No one understands the intersection of politics, video, technology and culture the way Virginia does.”

Prior to joining Yahoo!, Virginia wrote op-ed columns on digital culture for The New York Times. Prior to that, she wrote “The Medium,” a weekly column about Internet culture, for The New York Times Magazine.

“It’s a fascinating time in news, and Yahoo! is out front, leading the shrewdest, most inventive developments in digital media,” said Heffernan. “The company has hands-down the most intelligent concept of what news ought to mean now, online and everywhere. It’s a huge privilege to be working with such a talented team and I can’t wait to get started.”

She will be based in the New York City offices, reporting to Frey.

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