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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 07/2006

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.01.2006 | Huffington Post

The GOP's Summer of Grandstanding and Political Pandering really hit stride this week. With Gaza erupting, the Iraq death toll mounting, and Osama releasing his latest viral video, House Republicans managed to push through measures guaranteeing condo owners the right to display the American flag, and condemning the media (read that the New York Times). Next on the GOP's "American Values Agenda": bills to "protect" the Pledge of Allegiance, ban human cloning, and prohibit Internet gambling. Glad to see they have their priorities in order. Well, so do we: our Sunday Roundup awaits!

July 4th on HuffPost: Blogs in the USA

| Posted 07.04.2006 | Huffington Post

Happy 4th of July! Cynical flag-waving and patriotic posturing have been rampant in DC lately. Exhibits A and B: Orrin Hatch calling the flag-burning amendment "the most important thing the Senate could be doing" and Rep. Charlie Norwood claiming during the recent House debate on Iraq, "It is time to stand up and vote. Is it al Qaeda or is it America?" With this as backdrop, some of our bloggers have taken this Independence Day opportunity to weigh in on the real meaning of patriotism, independence, and all things red, white, and blue. So pop open a cold one, throw another burger on the grill, and check out the HuffPost fireworks below.

Who Killed the Electric Car?

| Posted 07.04.2006 | Huffington Post

Over 40 million Americans hit the road over the July Fourth holiday, burning through pricey tanks of gas, and releasing enough exhaust fumes to send even Michael Crichton into coughing fits. Now just imagine if all those holiday drivers had been road-tripping in zero-emission electric vehicles. It's a thought to global-warm the heart of Al Gore and put a knot in the stomach of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (his country is OPEC's No. 2 biggest producer). How's that for an Independence (from oil) Day twofer? And it's no tailpipe dream, as is shown in Who Killed the Electric Car?, a powerful and lively new documentary that charts the all-too-short life and unnecessary death of GM's EV1 and the burgeoning electric-car technology it represented.

Democratic Messaging: Politically (Ring) Tone Deaf

| Posted 07.05.2006 | Huffington Post

That new cell-phone ring tone that can't be heard by most people over the age of twenty is the perfect metaphor for the Democratic Party, which has adopted a political tone that can't be heard by a huge segment of the population.

What the Hell Is Barbara Boxer Thinking?

| Posted 07.06.2006 | Politics

How can Boxer strap on her Senate buddy blinders and jettison her deeply held beliefs on the war in Iraq, the defining issue of our time? READ MORE

Democratic Messaging: Politically (Ring) Tone Deaf That new cell-phone ring tone that can't be heard by most people over the age of twenty is the perfect metaphor for the Democratic Party, which has adopted a political tone that can't be heard by a huge segment of the population. READ MORE

Who Killed the Electric Car? The film is a blistering and surprisingly entertaining cinematic j'accuse. READ MORE

Brainstorming in Aspen: Pollsters Pretend That Pols Don't Listen to Polls

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.08.2006 | Huffington Post

President Bush turned the big 6-oh this week. He marked the occasion not by directing Dick Cheney to discredit the 5 dozen candles on his birthday cake but by giving a revelation-filled interview to People Magazine, always the place to go for political scoops. The biggest eye-opener was the president's announcement that he's "in the process of solving" global warming. Who knew? Bush also told People that the worst birthday present he ever got was "the bland tie, the dreary sweater" and that he was "still hoping for some good ones." Well, there's nothing bland or dreary about this week's Sunday Roundup. And he doesn't even have to unwrap it. Let's just hope it fits. Happy 60th, Mr. President.

Powell on Iraq, Couric on Her CBS Plans, Ephron on Dating a Supreme, and Other Highlights From the Aspen Ideas Festival

| Posted 07.08.2006 | Huffington Post

In between panels at the Aspen Ideas Festival, I ran into Colin Powell and asked him if we are ever going to get out of Iraq. "We are," he told me, "but we're not going to leave behind anything we like because we are in the middle of a civil war." Powell and Jack Murtha both talking about civil war in Iraq -- shouldn't that be headline news?

Political Red Cards; If Life Were Like Futbol

| Posted 07.10.2006 | Huffington Post

Watching the way Horacio Elizondo, the Argentinean referee, boldly reacted to Zinedine Zidane's head-butt, resolutely showing him a red card and ejecting him from the World Cup final, made me think about how great it would be if we had the political equivalent of a red card -- something we could flash for campaign fouls and astonishing acts of bad political behavior that would immediately remove the perpetrators from the political pitch. For instance, wouldn't you love to red-card Joe Lieberman for trying to have his primary and his independent run, too? And can you imagine how many red cards Patrick Fitzgerald would have whipped out during his Plamegate investigation? Grand juries are okay, but red cards rule!

Bill Clinton: Dems Shouldn't Be Divided By Differences Over Iraq

| Posted 07.11.2006 | Entertainment
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Can you imagine someone in 1968 telling Bobby Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey that they "ought to be whipped" for fighting over their views on Vietnam?

Rummy's Disease: The Delusions Are Highly Contagious

| Posted 07.12.2006 | Huffington Post

There was a time when Don Rumsfeld's surrealistic take on things was quaint and quirky -- chewy nuggets that could be appreciated, if not enjoyed, as the mental musings of a sui generis mind. But those days are long gone, buried beneath a cascade of body bags and on-going horrors. When asked during his surprise trip to Iraq when he thought the Iraqis would be ready to meet the security needs that would allow for the reduction of U.S. forces, Rumsfeld said, "I don't talk deadlines" -- a snappy rejoinder we can add to the list of other Rummy don'ts: "I don't do numbers." "I don't do predictions." "I don't do diplomacy." "I don't do quagmires." Too bad for the rest of us that Rummy also doesn't do resignations.

Hillary's Secret '08 Strategy Revealed (Heaven Help Us)

| Posted 07.13.2006 | Entertainment
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Hillary Clinton has a strict rule prohibiting her friends and advisors from talking publicly about her running in 2008. Turns out, it might be a good rule. READ MORE

Rummy's Disease: The Delusions Are Highly Contagious "I don't do quagmires," says Rumsfeld -- which makes him a perfect fit with his boss, who doesn't do funerals. READ MORE

Bill Clinton: Dems Shouldn't Be Divided By Differences Over Iraq There is no way a politician as savvy as Bill Clinton could be this clueless about how seismic a division Iraq is for Democrats. READ MORE

Political Red Cards; If Life Were Like Futbol Wouldn't you love to red-card Joe Lieberman for trying to have his primary and his independent run, too? READ MORE

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.15.2006 | Politics
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This week, as the Middle East was erupting, we learned that one of the reasons antiterrorism funding to New York City and Washington, DC was slashed earlier this year is a monumentally flawed Homeland Security database of potential terrorist targets that includes "national assets" such as Old MacDonald's Petting Zoo in Alabama, the Mule Day Parade in Tennessee, and the Amish Country Popcorn factory in Indiana. Apparently, al-Qaeda doesn't actually hate our freedom, they hate our kitsch. Fast on the heels of a report lambasting the faulty database, House Republicans passed legislation cracking down on... Internet gambling. Gotta love those GOP priorities: keeping the nation safe from online poker! With the petting zoo off today's to-do list, I suggest you ante up and go all-in on this week's Sunday Roundup.

Bush on the World Stage: While Events Heat Up, the President Hams it Up

| Posted 07.16.2006 | Politics
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As the significance of the play of current events has increased, the stature of the lead actor seems more dwarfish then ever. It's a very sinking feeling, watching this all-hat, no-cattle puppet who was put in power by the GOP elite back in a very different time, suddenly finding himself presiding over a series of cataclysmic events. Watching Bush meander around the world stage is like watching an amateurish production of Shakespeare. We need Olivier and all we've got is this community theater ham.

Bush and Blair's Less Than Excellent Conversation

| Posted 07.17.2006 | Politics
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President Bush's already depressing world tour hit a new low today with his "oops, is thing on?" conversation with Tony Blair. Has there ever been a more feeble statement by a U.S. president than "See, the irony is what they really need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it's over"? Indeed, it says all you need to know about how Bush's disastrous mismanagement of foreign policy has undermined America's standing in the world. The Middle East is teetering on the brink, and the President of the United States is reduced to sitting on the sidelines, helplessly ruminating on what "they" need to do to try and broker a settlement. READ MORE

Bush on the World Stage: While Events Heat Up, the President Hams it Up

Where Have All the Architects of War Gone?

| Posted 07.18.2006 | Politics
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Could the neocon war shills' crystal balls have been any cloudier? These triumphalists need to be held accountable for the gulf between their rosy predictions and the bloody reality.

Deadly Disconnect: Iraq Reality vs Bush Administration Fantasy

| Posted 07.19.2006 | Politics
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After the last three years, I didn't think I could be surprised by the level of cluelessness exhibited by the Bush administration when it comes to Iraq. Then I picked up this morning's New York Times. But before we get to the jaw-dropping money quote that leaves no doubt the Bushies continue to view Iraq through zealots' eyes, let's start with a bracing shot of reality: the United Nations report on Iraq released yesterday. It paints a devastating portrait of a country in violent chaos, with 14,338 civilians killed in the first half of 2006. The report is dripping in blood and suffering -- a stark reminder of the turmoil our failed invasion of Iraq has wrought. READ MORE

Where Have All the Architects of War Gone?

A Different Kind of Three-Way: Bill and Hillary Triangulate on Lieberman

| Posted 07.20.2006 | Politics
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To fully understand why Bill Clinton is campaigning for Joe Lieberman, you'll need to make an appointment with Sigmund Freud. READ MORE

Deadly Disconnect: Iraq Reality vs Bush Administration Fantasy After the last three years, I didn't think I could be surprised by the level of cluelessness exhibited by the Bush administration when it comes to Iraq. I was wrong. READ MORE

Where Have All the Architects of War Gone? The neocon war shills need to be held accountable for the gulf between their rosy predictions and the bloody reality. READ MORE

Bush and Blair's Less Than Excellent Conversation I haven't heard dialogue this addle-brained since Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. READ MORE

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.22.2006 | Politics
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The escalating hostilities in the Middle East dominated both our news and our blog this week. Be sure to check out Joseph Nye, Rep. Jim McDermott, Ed Kosner, Alan Dershowitz, Dave Johnson, James Heffernan, Tony Dokoupil, and Joseph Palermo. And for takes on the less-than-excellent conversation Bush and Blair had when they thought the mics were off, check out Harry Shearer, Mo Rocca, Robert Scheer, Danielle Crittenden, Tom D'Antoni, Cenk Uygur, and Peter Laufer. And, if world events have got you feeling a little tense, unwind with Rachel Sklar's "Merkel Massage Madness" video blog.

Congressional Winds of Change Over Iraq

| Posted 07.23.2006 | Politics
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Harry Reid has finally uttered the truth: "There is a civil war going on in Iraq." He acknowledged that he had been "somewhat gingerly approaching this" but promised, "no longer." Amen. It's about time. Predictably, the other side puffed out its chest and threatened to open up another can of floor debate whoop ass if the Democrats tried to make Iraq an issue again, vowing: "We'll go to the mats." But that threat is as phony as the challenges tossed out for Wrestlemania. The truth is that it's getting harder and harder for Team GOP to keep trotting out its tried-and-true "cut and run" rhetoric because its own players are becoming less and less willing to be razzle-dazzled by the White House's delusional claims about Iraq.

Bill Clinton Endorses Joe Lieberman -- a HuffPost Preview! (Updated)

| Posted 07.24.2006 | Politics
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So Bill Clinton made it to the big Lieberman rally in Waterbury today (albeit two hours late) and offered his endorsement. Among his observations was the rather baffling assertion that the war in Iraq is the "pink elephant in the living room." This expression traditionally refers to "a question or problem that very obviously stands but which is ignored for the convenience of one or other party." But just who exactly is ignoring the war? Certainly not anyone involved in the Lieberman-Lamont race. In fact, it's the defining issue of the campaign. The only ones who'd love for Iraq to be an ignored pink elephant, of course, are Lieberman's supporters and a certain other notable backer of the war who shares Clinton's last name.

Memo to Lieberman: ‘Real Democrats' Don't Run as Independents if They Lose

| Posted 07.25.2006 | Politics
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At yesterday's big campaign rally, Joe Lieberman took a swipe at Ned Lamont, saying "My opponent is peddling what I would call a big lie, and that is that I'm not a real Democrat." Well, the proof that he is the genuine article would be an announcement that he, like all real Democrats, will honor the decision of Democratic primary voters -- and not run as an Independent. That's what real Democrats do. Not spitting in the face of Democratic voters should be Item One on any "Are You Are A Real Democrat?" checklist.

Bill Clinton Endorses Joe Lieberman -- a HuffPost Preview! (Updated)

Maliki's Testy Visit: Is This What Our Troops Are Dying For?

| Posted 07.25.2006 | Politics
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House Democrats are demanding that Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki not be allowed to address a joint session of Congress unless he apologizes for condemning "Israeli aggression" in Lebanon. That's all well and good, but it kind of misses the larger point, don't you think? Forget about standing on ceremony and whether Maliki is worthy of the "high honor" of standing at the Speaker's podium; I want to know how Congress can justify having our soldiers continue to die for a government that, as is becoming increasingly clear, doesn't want us there. Instead of holding a press conference demanding an apology, how about holding one demanding that we take our troops out of harm's way as soon as we can? READ MORE

Memo to Lieberman: 'Real Democrats' Don't Run as Independents if They Lose

Winning the War on Terror: Lessons from Hercules, Hydra, and Tom Friedman

| Posted 07.26.2006 | Politics
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If Israelis want to guarantee their security they need to look to an unlikely duo: Tom Friedman and Greek mythology. Friedman explains the futility of pursuing a purely military solution; my ancestors provide the clues to the only way to win.

Picnics, Pig Roasts, and New "New Directions": Dems Gear Up For November

| Posted 07.27.2006 | Politics
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With the world threatening to explode, doesn't the Democrats' domestic policy-centric 'New Direction" agenda seem a little, well, misdirected? READ MORE

Winning the War on Terror: Lessons from Hercules, Hydra, and Tom Friedman Tom Friedman explains the futility of pursuing a purely military solution; my Greek ancestors provide the clues to the only way to win. READ MORE

Maliki's Testy Visit: Is This What Our Troops Are Dying For? Instead of Democrats holding a press conference demanding a symbolic apology, how about holding one demanding that we take our troops out of harm's way? READ MORE

Bill Clinton Endorses Joe Lieberman -- a HuffPost Preview! (Updated)

Congressional Winds of Change Over Iraq

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.29.2006 | Politics
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Another week of thought-provoking postings on the escalating crisis in the Middle East. Don't miss the takes of Robert Scheer, James Zogby, Steve Clemons, Max Blumenthal, Adam Hanft, Raymond Learsy, Joe Palermo, Larry Johnson, Tom Hayden, Trey Ellis, Ed Hamilton, and Tom D'Antoni. On the homefront, check out Margaret Carlson on Ralph Reed, Pachacutec on Bill Clinton, Toby Barlow on global warming, Ari Melber on the netroots, Rep. Hilda Solis on the minimum wage, and David Sirota on Tom Friedman. And, of course, our featured Sunday Roundup below.