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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 04/2006

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.02.2006 | Politics
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This was the week when everyone -- elected officials, pundits, and, yes, bloggers -- was taken aback by the forces unleashed over immigration, memorably captured in the images of half a million people surging through Los Angeles. Read HuffPost takes on this by Max Blumenthal, Jamie Court, Robert Scheer, and Tony Hendra. And "in another part of the wood," why have the MSM ignored the amazing Murray Waas story about the Hadley memo? It's shocking to all who have wondered for years if Bush is Reagan redux and would always claim deniability. On other stories, check out Bob Borosage, Peter Daou, and Robert Elisberg on the Democrats' national security plan, Steve Cobble, RJ Eskow, and Ari Melber on the Feingold censure hearing, and Jim Pinkerton, Robert Schlesinger, and Rachel Sklar on the administration's revival of the Iraq - al Qaeda spin.

Fearless About the Body

| Posted 04.02.2006 | Healthy Living
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I've always loved Orinthia's speech in George Bernard Shaw's The Apple Cart. But, having seen it a number of times, I've noticed that it's actually better when Orinthia is played by an actress who is not conventionally beautiful because Orinthia's confidence in herself comes from a deeper place than her looks or her achievements. The king, with whom she's having an affair, challenges her: "Orinthia, what have you ever done to justify the consciousness of a goddess?"

The Tragic Irony of John McCain's Faustian Bargain

| Posted 04.03.2006 | Politics
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Watching a true American hero hang a For Sale sign on his principles is a profoundly sad thing.

Holy Hammer! DeLay Seeks Guidance Through Fasting

| Posted 04.04.2006 | Politics
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There was Tom DeLay on CBN with Pat Robertson, letting us know that he'd come to the decision to resign after seeking spiritual guidance through fasting. Praise the Lord -- even at the most shameful moment of a shame-filled career the sinner from Sugar Land had to parade his moral superiority. Leave old-school Christian contrition for lesser souls, right Tom? READ MORE

The Tragic Irony of John McCain's Faustian Bargain I come here not to condemn John McCain but to weep for him. Watching a true American hero hang a For Sale sign on his principles is a profoundly sad thing. READ MORE

The Perfect Going-Away Present for Tom DeLay

| Posted 04.04.2006 | Huffington Post

I've got the perfect going-away present for Tom DeLay: a dictionary. The man obviously lives in an alternative universe when it comes to the meaning of words. How else to explain the cheery language he used to describe his current state of mind? READ MORE Tom DeLay's 1.3 Million Reasons for Calling It Quits Wondering why Tom DeLay is so eager to pull the plug on his political career? As is so often the case, the answer can be found by following the money. READ MORE Holy Hammer! DeLay Seeks Guidance Through Fasting Praise the Lord -- even at the most shameful moment of a shame-filled career the sinner from Sugar Land had to parade his moral superiority. READ MORE

Tom DeLay's 1.3 Million Reasons for Calling It Quits

| Posted 04.04.2006 | Politics
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Wondering why Tom DeLay is so eager to pull the plug on his political career, calling it quits "sometime before mid-June"? As is so often the case...

On Awards, the Spineless Press, and Ann Coulter's Legs

| Posted 04.05.2006 | Huffington Post

During a panel discussion last night in Washington, hosted by The Week Magazine, Michael Massing pinned the blame for the Washington press corps' spinelessness on a fear of being taken to task by Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. I, on the other hand, argued that Washington reporters don't give a whit about Limbaugh and Coulter. What they care about -- deeply and passionately -- is what the people they might be sitting next to at dinner that night will think of them. Indeed, Beltway reporters are more affected by peer pressure than a junior high transfer student being offered a cigarette by the coolest girl in school. That's why they never want to stray too far from the Conventional Wisdom. Perish the thought.

Poof! Presidential Magic Turns National Secrets Into Judy Miller "Exclusive"

| Posted 04.06.2006 | Business
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Concerned that Cheney's directive to leak classified information wasn't legal, Libby had a lawyer-to-lawyer chat with vice presidential counsel David Addington, who told him not to worry, explaining that Bush's "authorization to publicly disclose a document amounted to a declassification of the document." Call it Addington's Theory of Presidential Magic: Take a classified document. Wave the president's wand over it. Say the secret word ("WHIG-y, WHIG-y"). And, presto-chango, the super secret info is now a Judy Miller exclusive! It's declassification as PR tool. Cherry-pick and leak. Repeat as necessary. READ MORE

Scooter Libby, Ink-Stained Wretch

Scooter Libby, Ink-Stained Wretch

| Posted 04.06.2006 | Politics
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"Karl and Libby did not leak. They did not leak on a plane. They did not leak on a train. They did not leak on the Hill. At the St. Regis they did not let it spill." READ MORE

The Tragic Irony of John McCain's Faustian Bargain Watching a true American hero hang a For Sale sign on his principles is a profoundly sad thing. READ MORE

Holy Hammer! DeLay Seeks Guidance Through Fasting Praise the Lord -- even at the most shameful moment of a shame-filled career the sinner from Sugar Land had to parade his moral superiority. READ MORE

On Awards, the Spineless Press, and Ann Coulter's Legs

Poof! Presidential Magic Turns National Secrets Into Judy Miller "Exclusive"

TiVo Alert: I'll be on CNN's Reliable Sources on Sunday along with Scott Johnson discussing Tom DeLay, Scooter Libby, and Cynthia McKinney -- 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.09.2006 | Huffington Post

My favorite trivial news item of the week was word that Condi Rice had ordered the removal of Penthouse and Playboy from State Department newsstands (shades of Ashcroft and his $8,000 breast-hiding curtain?). Two questions: 1) What were they doing there in the first place (although Foggy Bottom does sound like a skin mag for ass-men with cataracts)? 2) Shouldn't she be spending her time on more important matters -- like, oh I don't know, civil war in Iraq? The week's top not-at-all-trivial news items were, of course, Libby's Bush-approved leaks (here are my takes) and DeLay's resignation announcement. Nailing posts on the Hammer were Margaret Carlson, Micah Sifry, Cenk Uygur, Greg Saunders, Bill Press, Steve Benen, and Rachel Sklar (and here's mine).

On Love, Relationships, Fearlessness and People

| Posted 04.09.2006 | Huffington Post

Maybe I'm more tuned in to the topic because I'm working on the chapter of my book dealing with fearlessness in love and relationships, but passing my neighborhood newsstand today I was struck by the overwhelmingly downbeat message our pop culture is sending about modern love and relationships. The romantic woes of Nick & Jessica, Britney & Kevin, Heather & Richie et al are enough to make a vow of celibacy downright tempting. For my far less sensational (and depressing) take on relationships, here are a few excerpts from On Becoming Fearless.

From the Dept. of Stonewalling (Judy Miller Division)

| Posted 04.10.2006 | Politics
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Here's my favorite overlooked tidbit from David Johnston and David Sanger's New York Times article about President Bush authorizing Scooter Libby to l...

George Bush: Mastermind???

| Posted 04.10.2006 | Huffington Post

We're told in today's New York Times that "still unclear is the nature of the communication between Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney" over the declassification of pre-war intel. Unclear? Please. Does anyone really believe that the president, a man who wouldn't testify in front of the 9/11 Commission without Cheney by his side, suddenly woke up one morning and thought: "I need to selectively declassify the paragraphs at the bottom of page 24 of the 2002 NIE so we can perpetuate the myth that Iraq was 'vigorously trying to procure' uranium from Africa. Let me get Cheney on the phone and give him his marching orders."? READ MORE

From the Dept. of Stonewalling (Judy Miller Division)

On Rummy, Meaningful Hallucinogenic Experiences, and Ending the Drug War

| Posted 04.11.2006 | Huffington Post

"How many people here have had a meaningful hallucinogenic experience?" So asked one of the speakers at a fundraising dinner for the Drug Policy Alliance held last night in Los Angeles. When it was my turn to speak, I confessed that I have never had a meaningful hallucinogenic experience -- indeed that I have never even had a meaningless hallucinogenic experience. Other than the time I was seated next to Don Rumsfeld at a Washington dinner party. "It was a long, hard slog," I told the crowd. "But, as you know, you have to go to dinner with the dinner companion you have, not the dinner companion you want." The Rummy riff was more than a punchline -- it was a way of highlighting the many similarities between the debacle in Iraq and America's disastrous war on drugs.

Why the Anti-War Movement Needs to Embrace Repentance

| Posted 04.12.2006 | Huffington Post

Isn't the whole goal of those of us fighting to put an end to this immoral and tragic war to get as many war supporters as possible to join the chorus of voices calling for a pull out from Iraq?

Repentance Update: Ending the War vs. Defending Our Anti-War Purity

| Posted 04.13.2006 | Huffington Post

Building a political consensus often makes for strange bedfellows. But ending this war is infinitely more important than holding fast to our anti-war purity and consistency. READ MORE

George Bush: Mastermind??? The thought of Bush as our decisive Leaker-in-Chief makes me feel a whole lot better than the reality of Cheney once again calling the shots. READ MORE

Why the Anti-War Movement Needs to Embrace Repentance The sooner all the "guilty fuckers" fess up and admit they were wrong, the better. READ MORE

On Rummy, Meaningful Hallucinogenic Experiences, and Ending the Drug War My only hallucinogenic experience: the time I was seated next to Don Rumsfeld at a Washington dinner party. READ MORE

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.15.2006 | Huffington Post

What a week: The Rummy mutiny goes public, Iran inches closer to going nuclear, multitudes march for immigration rights, and Dick Cheney gets booed while tossing out a ceremonial first pitch (so much for "root, root, root for the home team." For the Bushies, it's now "one, two, three strikes you're out, at the old ball game!"). Quote of the week: Nino Scalia says that his decision not to recuse himself from the case involving Cheney's secret energy task force was the "proudest thing" he has done on the court (But I bet he carries pictures of Bush v Gore in his wallet). File this one under "Pride and Prejudice." Or, for the optimists among you, "Pride Goeth Before a Fall." With Jill Sobule and Billy Bragg as musical accompaniment, the Sunday Roundup awaits...

On Parenting, Fearlessness, Britney Spears, and George Bush

| Posted 04.16.2006 | Politics
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Sunday's cover story in the LA Times Book Review asks the question "What do mothers want?" and answers it in an extended review of eight new books on motherhood. Perfect timing for me, as I'm working on the "Fearless in Parenting" chapter of my book. If there's one area where fear is a rational first response to things, it's parenting. It's part of the job description. As our President might say: Parenting is hard! Here are a few excerpts from my take on becoming a fearless parent.

The Times Asks for Answers; We Provide Some of the Questions

| Posted 04.17.2006 | Huffington Post

Sunday's New York Times editorial criticizing President Bush for authorizing Scooter Libby to leak distorted information about Iraq suggests "this messy episode leaves more questions than answers." Indeed it does. But what the Times doesn't say is that one of the reasons there are more questions than answers is because the Times itself refuses to come clean about exactly what transpired behind the scenes at the paper while this White House disinformation campaign was going down. So instead of bemoaning the surfeit of Plamegate questions, how about the Times adding a few answers to the ledger? Here are some of things we'd like to know...

Fresh Faces of '06: Bolten, Portman...and Rummy?

| Posted 04.18.2006 | Huffington Post

Our Decider-in-Chief has taken a look around, seen that the White House is going up in flames, and decided that it's time to remodel the garage.

President Bush: Decider Or Decidee? You Decide

| Posted 04.19.2006 | Huffington Post

What a difference 24 hours makes. Yesterday, rejecting the mounting demands for Don Rumsfeld's head, President Bush made it clear who's making the calls at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. "I'm the decider," he declared, "I decide what's best." But today, commenting on Scott McClellan's resignation, the president was singing a different tune: "It's going to be hard to replace Scott, but nevertheless he made the decision and I accepted it." He made the decision? And you accepted it? What gives, Mr. President? Are you not really The Decider but actually The Decidee -- buffeted about by the uncontrollable whims of others?

Times Shareholders: The 28 Percent Uprising

| Posted 04.19.2006 | Entertainment
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Sources close to New York Times shareholders tell me that the mutineers included the Times' top two Class A shareholders: Bruce Sherman, of Private Capital Management, and T. Rowe Price, the investment house. Sherman's no vote of confidence is particularly significant since his dissatisfaction helped force the sale of Knight Ridder last month. READ MORE

President Bush: Decider Or Decidee? You Decide

Will Libby's "Fishing Expedition" Hook Judy Miller and the Times?

| Posted 04.20.2006 | Huffington Post

Lawyers for Miller, the Times, and other news organizations rightly argue that Libby's lawyers are on a "fishing expedition" and casting an overly "wide net" (making every reporter in Washington a potential dolphin doomed by swimming too close to the Plamegate tuna). Nevertheless, the subpoena does raise some interesting points -- and amps up the pressure on the Times to come clean about its handling of the Miller episode. READ MORE

Times Shareholders: The 28 Percent Uprising Sources close to New York Times shareholders tell me that the mutineers included the Times' top two Class A shareholders: Bruce Sherman and T. Rowe Price. Sherman's no vote of confidence is particularly significant since his dissatisfaction helped force the sale of Knight Ridder last month. READ MORE

Hillary and Bill Back in L.A.: A Helpful Itinerary

| Posted 04.20.2006 | Huffington Post

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your checkbooks! READ MORE

Times Shareholders: The 28 Percent Uprising Inside scoop on the Times shareholders' revolt. READ MORE

Fresh Faces of '06: Bolten, Portman...and Rummy? Our Decider-in-Chief has taken a look around, seen that the White House is going up in flames, and decided that it's time to remodel the garage. READ MORE

The Times Asks for Answers; We Provide Some of the Questions A scoop-hungry reporter gets both the Valerie Plame leak and a top-secret exclusive -- and doesn't write a word? Why? READ MORE

President Bush: Decider Or Decidee? You Decide

Will Libby's "Fishing Expedition" Hook Judy Miller and the Times?

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.22.2006 | Politics
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"I'm the decider," President Bush declared on Tuesday, "I decide what's best." This week's decider scorecard: Scottie is out, Rove is demoted, and Rummy isn't going anywhere. Bush was so decisive we considered letting him pick our Sunday Roundup, but thought better of it, and stuck with our usual evaluative mix of clicks, e-mail forwards, reader comments, editorial judgment, and "Rock, Paper, Scissors". Along with the Roundup, be sure to check out the latest Contagious Festival offerings, including Paul Hipp's hilarious musical mash up of John Lennon and George W., "I'm the Decider (Koo-Koo-Kachoo)".