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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 06/2006

Citizen Journalism Contest: And the Winners Are...

| Posted 06.01.2006 | Politics
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Congratulations to the winners of Gather.com's 2006 Citizen Journalism Contest, which I had the honor of judging. The contest invited submissions from...

Our Children's Health at Risk: Another Inconvenient Truth

| Posted 06.01.2006 | Politics
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For me, the signature image of global warming isn't the disappearing snowcap atop Mt. Kilimanjaro, it's kids on a playground, having to stop playing so they can suck on their asthma inhalers. READ MORE

The D Conference: "The Upfronts for Techies" Bill Gates grabbed my attention when he started talking about his "reality acquisition device." Our first thought: "Send a box to the White House!" READ MORE

Losing Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan Wasn't Afghanistan supposed to be the big success story of the war on terror -- the Mission that was actually Accomplished? READ MORE

GOP Strategy for 2006: We've Heard This Song Before

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.03.2006 | Huffington Post

Jack Murtha said that the killings in Haditha are "worse than Abu Ghraib." And as the horrific details come out -- and the cloud of a cover up settles over what the president termed the "very troubling" allegations -- it looks like Murtha's Iraq crystal ball is as clear as ever. Don't miss the Haditha takes of Peter Beinart, Michael Smerconish, Stephen Elliot, Robert Dreyfuss, and Carol Liebau -- as well as Marty Kaplan's and RJ Eskow's responses to Liebau. And be sure and check out James Galbraith's touching remembrance of his father, and Harry Shearer staying on the story of the Army Corps of Engineers' culpability in the drowning of New Orleans. And, as always, our Sunday Roundup of some of the week's top posts featured below.

Dark Reading: What Our 'War President' Has Wrought

| Posted 06.04.2006 | Huffington Post

I did some disturbing reading over the weekend. First, there was the latest quarterly Pentagon status report [PDF] on Iraq, which revealed that "on average, nearly 80 Iraqis were killed or wounded every day... up from the previous quarter's 60 per day." There was also an increase in the number of attacks, from under 500 per week to over 600 per week. Then there was this from USA Today: "At a time when the United States has enough trouble in Iraq, Afghanistan is increasingly beginning to resemble that war." But the saddest thing I read was the LA Times reporting that Iraqis have responded to the Haditha killings with a collective shrug because, three years into the U.S. occupation, "the notion of foreign troops killing innocent civilians simply doesn't deliver much shock." It was George Bush's legacy in black and white. And blood red.

What Haditha Means to Our Safety -- and the 2006 Election

| Posted 06.05.2006 | Huffington Post

A prominent Democrat recently told me that he wished the 2006 election was today because he wasn't sure where things would stand five months from now. Really? Let me clue him in. One thing is for sure: five months from now, we'll still be in Iraq, fighting a counterinsurgency we're not prepared to fight, with more Hadithas -- and a less safe America -- the inevitable result. Iraq is producing a bumper crop of newly galvanized and battle-hardened terrorists, and every Haditha is a nightmarish sprinkling of Miracle-Gro on the seething anti-Americanism the war has exacerbated.

Getting Spanked on Katrina: Heck of a Job, Harry!

| Posted 06.06.2006 | Huffington Post

Why are Democrats sending mixed messages about Katrina? Yes, the Democratic National Committee held its annual spring meeting in April in New Orleans, saying the devastated city would be a symbolic image for the 2006 campaign. But yesterday, on the floor of the Senate, while denouncing the ludicrousness of the GOP's pandering gay marriage ban, Harry Reid castigated the administration for avoiding the most pressing issues facing Americans: "high gas prices, the war in Iraq, the national debt, health care, senior citizens, education, crime, trade policies, stem cell research." Notice Katrina didn't even make the list. I wonder if that's because it's not polling very well these days.

Eat the Press

| Posted 06.07.2006 | Huffington Post

HuffPost has just launched a revamped and greatly expanded Eat the Press, our one-stop shop for the media aficionado. Click here for a banquet of media news, views, blogs, gossip and much, much more. All served up with the usual HuffPost flavor. With the most secretive administration in history occupying the White House, a vigilant press is more important than ever. Yet the line between reporters, sources, administration shills (I mean, former hill staffers), and dinner companions keeps getting blurrier. Scooter and Judy. Rove and Novak. Tim Russert lobbying softballs to Dick Cheney. Luckily, one of the things the blogosphere does best is hold the mainstream media's feet to the fire, and we intend to keep the Eat the Press burners on high. So give it a taste. You'll keep coming back for more.

GOP Retains Dirty Duke's Seat: A Lesson Learned for Democrats?

| Posted 06.07.2006 | Huffington Post

So the GOP was able to hold onto the Duke Cunningham seat in California's 50th Congressional District. Democrat Francine Busby actually did fairly well, losing to Republican Brian Bilbray by only 5 percent in a district where Republicans hold a 14-point edge in registration. And, as Rick Jacobs points out, the GOP spent $10 million defending a supposedly "safe" Republican seat. But, in the end, the problem for Busby wasn't the money -- it was the message. The question is: Will national Democrats learn the lesson of California's 50th? READ MORE

Carville and Greenberg Bury the Lede! (Hint: It's Iraq)

| Posted 06.08.2006 | Media
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Carville and Greenberg's advice is that Democrats "run as outsiders." Huh? That's the elevator message that's going to carry Democrats to victory in 2006?

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.10.2006 | Huffington Post

Three white hot topics were burning up the blog this week: the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Marriage Protection Amendment, and Ann Coulter's comments about the 9/11 widows. Along with the takes on these in our Sunday Roundup below, don't miss David Wallechinsky, Eric Boehlert, RJ Eskow, Scott Thill, Stan Goff, and Ankush Khardoni on Zarqawi, Margaret Carlson, Larry Beinhart, Hilary Rosen, Sam Seder, Michelle Goldberg, Mona Gable, and Gene Stone on the gay marriage ban, and Chris Durang, Bob Cesca, Margaret Nagle, Davis Sweet, Tony Hendra, and Tom D'Antoni on Coulter. If you haven't already, be sure and check out the revamped and greatly expanded "Eat the Press", our banquet of media news, views, blogs, gossip and much, much more. And don't miss Stephen Elliott's moving post based on his interviews with two families who lost sons to the Iraq war.

Warner the Clear Winner of the Pre-Iowa Caucus

| Posted 06.10.2006 | Huffington Post

I just arrived at the YearlyKos convention in Las Vegas and it's already clear that Mark Warner is the runaway winner of this pre-Iowa caucus. Money no doubt helped his cause: I'm hearing that Warner has spent over $100,000 courting the netroots here in Vegas. As Warner told me, "This is a community that needs to be taken seriously, and represents the democratization of the public square of America."

Harry Reid at Home

| Posted 06.10.2006 | Huffington Post

Harry Reid is in his home state, parked in a skybox overlooking the YearlyKos convention hall and having one-on-one meetings with bloggers and MSMers. I'm followed by Ron Brownstein of the LA Times. I ask him what he's making of all this: "When that many people are talking to each other," he replies, "something important is happening. We just don't know exactly what it translates to, and many of the participants are asking the same questions. They know they are part of something that is changing political life, but everybody is trying to get their arms around what the electoral and governing impact is going to be." READ MORE

Warner the Clear Winner of the Pre-Iowa Caucus I just arrived at the YearlyKos convention in Las Vegas and it's already clear that Mark Warner is the runaway winner of this pre-Iowa caucus. Money no doubt helped his cause: I'm hearing that Warner has spent over $100,000 courting the netroots here in Vegas. As Warner told me, "This is a community that needs to be taken seriously, and represents the democratization of the public square of America." READ MORE

Stating the Obvious in Las Vegas

| Posted 06.11.2006 | Media
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One of the greatest pleasures of the YearlyKos conference was hearing the obvious stated as the obvious -- instead of the usual "one side claims this, while the other side claims that" notion of "balance." READ MORE

Warner the Clear Winner of the Pre-Iowa Caucus As soon I arrived at the YearlyKos convention in Las Vegas, it was clear that Mark Warner was the runaway winner of this pre-Iowa caucus. Money no doubt helped his cause: I'm hearing that Warner spent over $100,000 courting the netroots here in Vegas. "This is a community," Warner told me, "that needs to be taken seriously, and represents the democratization of the public square of America." READ MORE

Harry Reid at Home In his skybox overlooking the YearlyKos convention hall, I ask Reid: I ask Reid about -- what else -- Iraq: "I've been meeting with Biden and Dodd and Feingold and Kerry," he says, "to clarify a unified Democratic position." "Isn't that what Jack Murtha has offered?" I ask. READ MORE

Which Five Words for the Webbys?

| Posted 06.11.2006 | Huffington Post

I'm in New York, where Monday the Huffington Post will receive two Webby awards for Best Political Blog. One of the fun quirks of the Webbys is that award winners only get five words for their acceptance speeches. Last year, Al Gore brought the house down with his: "Please don't recount this vote." So what should my five words be as I accept the award Monday night on behalf of our HuffPost team? Help me decide -- here are a few options. READ MORE

Stating the Obvious in Las Vegas One of the greatest pleasures of the YearlyKos conference was hearing the obvious stated as the obvious -- instead of the usual "one side claims this, while the other side claims that" notion of "balance." READ MORE

Harry Reid at Home Warner the Clear Winner of the Pre-Iowa Caucus

Dem Leadership Fight: Divisive or Decisive?

| Posted 06.12.2006 | Entertainment
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Some might see Jack Murtha's announcement that he will run for majority leader if Democrats regain control of the House as the epitome of putting the cart before the horse. Of counting one's chickens before they're hatched. A classic case of premature electulation. After all, Dems need to gain 15 seats in order to take over, hardly a done deal. But I see Murtha's decision, and the debate it has begun to spark, as the perfect chance for the party to find its voice and clearly define itself -- particularly when it comes to Iraq, the paramount issue in American politics.

Prince, Tom Friedman, the Father of the Internet, and Me: Rockin' at the Webbys

| Posted 06.13.2006 | Media
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The response to my post asking for suggestions for my five-word Webby acceptance speech was so tremendous, with our commenters offering over 300 choices, that our HuffPost team kept going back and forth over dinner as to which one I should actually use. Among the top contenders proposed by our readers: "It's all Geek to me," "So, missions CAN be accomplished!", "Couldn't do it without Bush," and "The WMD are located at..." In the end, I ended up going with the five-word speech offered by HuffPost commenter simonw, with me adding a little self-mocking twist: "Dah-lings," I purred, ratcheting up the accent, "Make blogs, not war."

Hillary and Kerry Bring Me to Tears on Iraq -- for Very Different Reasons

| Posted 06.14.2006 | Huffington Post

Listening to Hillary's speech, you could almost smell the cold calculation hanging in the air like the smell of gunpowder after a shooting.

Announcing the First Annual "Inspire George Bush Film Festival"

| Posted 06.15.2006 | Politics
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It turns out the way to George Bush's heart is through a movie screen. READ MORE

Hillary and Kerry Bring Me to Tears on Iraq -- for Very Different Reasons Listening to Hillary's speech, you could almost smell the cold calculation hanging in the air like the smell of gunpowder after a shooting. READ MORE

Dem Leadership Fight: Divisive or Decisive? Was Murtha's announcement the epitome of putting the cart before the horse? A classic case of premature electulation? READ MORE

Prince, Tom Friedman, the Father of the Internet, and Me: Rockin' at the Webbys "Dah-lings," I purred, ratcheting up the accent, "Make blogs, not war."  READ MORE

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.17.2006 | Huffington Post

My favorite moment of the week came when the president, asked why he hadn't told the new Iraqi Prime Minister he was flying to Baghdad to meet him until just 5 minutes before he arrived, replied, "Iraq is a dangerous place" -- managing to simultaneously sound like the tough cowboy unafraid of riding into hostile terrain, and the whiny, petulant frat boy who keeps insisting that being president is "hard work." Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there; this Sunday Roundup is for you (better than another tie, right?) And don't forget to add your suggestions for the first annual "Inspire George Bush Film Festival."

The Cocktail That Saved Karl Rove's Ass

| Posted 06.18.2006 | Huffington Post

It's been a week since Patrick Fitzgerald decided that he couldn't make the case against Karl Rove, and I'm amazed that more hasn't been made of the role Viveca Novak played in Rove's narrow escape from prosecution, since her perfidy did more to stymie his indictment than anything else. If you recall, Novak was the Time reporter whose loose lips started the chain of events that eventually sunk Pat Fitzgerald's ship, unconscionably blabbing inside information to Rove's lawyer, who passed it on to Rove, who, wonder of wonders, suddenly remembered that he'd leaked the lowdown on Valerie Plame to Matt Cooper -- a fact he'd "forgotten" to tell the grand jury. She was Bush's Brain's human stay-out-of-jail-free card.

Tony Snow: You Can Take the Man Out of Fox News, But You Can't Take the Fox News Out of the Man

| Posted 06.19.2006 | Media
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Snow is showing himself to be an honors graduate of the Shit Happens School of Politics. The new poster child for the Bush administration's brand of Callous Conservatism.

Rita Wilson: Showing Her Moxie as "Roxie" on the Great White Way

| Posted 06.20.2006 | Huffington Post

Last night, I went to see Rita Wilson making her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the revival of Bob Fosse's Chicago. While writing my book about fearlessness, I had spoken to Rita about her lifelong dream of appearing in a musical, and facing all the fears associated with being 49 years old and never having sang or danced professionally before and then suddenly doing it for the first time. On Broadway. And now here she was, just a few months later, living out her dream. She was absolutely amazing -- funny, sexy, charismatic, completely owning the role and the stage. This was everything I'd been writing about come to life: Becoming Fearless... and all that jazz.

Anal Sex, Iraq, Brand Loyalty and Other Topics from the Cannes Advertising Festival

| Posted 06.21.2006 | Huffington Post

It's a multi-accented advertising orgy all this week as the ad world takes over Cannes for the 53rd Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival -- a high-energy mashup of screenings, workshops, seminars, schmoozing, deal making, and awards ceremony. I flew all night to take part in a panel discussion along with Martin Sheen and Sex and the City's Michael Patrick King, who was hilarious.

To see a streaming version of the whole panel discussion, click here.

Setting the Record Straight: On Trolls, Moles, and Dis-Invited Bloggers

Setting the Record Straight: On Trolls, Moles, and Dis-Invited Bloggers

| Posted 06.22.2006 | Huffington Post

Dear HuffPost Readers, Commenters, and Bloggers, Here's the bottom line on the issues raised by Peter Rost: We disabled his password for one reason ...

Ad Festival: The Rise of the Creatives

| Posted 06.22.2006 | Huffington Post

Advertising people love to boil a concept down to its essence, the memorable catch phrase that captures the heart and soul of a product. Think "Got Milk." The prevailing theme of this year's Cannes Ad Festival is: "Got a Future?" Everyone here is talking about how the ad world needs to recreate advertising in a way that will embrace new technologies and engage the new breed of consumers. One of the ways the big agencies are responding to the challenge is by elevating and empowering the creative people in their companies so they're not smothered by the money people. It's the Rise of the Creatives.

Click here to see video of the Cannes Ad Festival panel I was on with Martin Sheen and Michael Patrick King.

Setting the Record Straight: On Trolls, Moles, and Dis-Invited Bloggers