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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 10/2006

A Day of Atonement Wish List

| Posted 10.01.2006 | Politics
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Yom Kippur is a day for atonement -- something we all need more of, whether our mothers made us ham sandwiches for lunch or not. So here is a list of some of the folks I would like to see spend the day atoning for their transgressions. Any Yom Kippur wish list would have to start with newly-minted Member of the Tribe George Allen, who should make a beeline for the nearest shul to atone for his ham-fisted -- and ham-plated -- handling of the revelation that his mother was Jewish. Also due for some serious repenting is Rep. Mark Foley, for those kinky IMs he sent to a number of teenage pages, including the one in which he tells a boy that he's never too tired or busy to "spank it"...

Fearless Tour: A NY Blog Wonders About LA

| Posted 10.02.2006 | Healthy Living
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Here's a fun Q&A exchange I had with the 92nd St. Y's 92Y Blog in conjunction with my joint appearance there with Nora Ephron. Since no one actually lives "in" L.A., how would you describe your geographical relationship with the area? We have an open marriage. The love is there, and I'll always come back to her, but sometimes I just need to be with other cities to spice things up.

Woodward as Journalistic Hero: the Real State of Denial

| Posted 10.02.2006 | Entertainment
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Bob Woodward is getting the journalistic hero treatment for "State of Denial." Talk about denial: Woodward getting praised for his very-late-to-the-party Iraq pile-on is like a music critic writing a rave of "Let It Be" and getting credit for discovering The Beatles. Or, more fitting, having someone be the 100th -- or is 100,000th? -- person to call 911 to report a car crash and then getting credit for alerting the authorities. Without any expiation for the role his earlier hagiographic renderings of the administration played in enabling all he's now so aghast at, it's hard to take Woodward's Road to Damascus moment seriously. After all, if there's one thing you can say about Bush, it's that he is who he is.

Fearless Tour: 92nd St. Y Conversation with Nora Ephron

| Posted 10.03.2006 | Healthy Living
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As part of the Fearless tour, I had a great conversation with Nora Ephron at the 92 St. Y. Here is the audio. The only thing you'll miss by not having been there is seeing the fabulous matching pairs of shoes we were wearing (we had bought them while on vacation together in the summer)! Enjoy:


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Woodward Update: His Personal State of Denial Deepens

| Posted 10.03.2006 | Politics
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Bob Woodward's personal state of denial deepened last night during his appearance on Larry King Live. How else to explain the total disconnect between the story he is reporting -- an administration that has repeatedly failed to tell the truth about the war in Iraq -- and his takeaway from that story. After spending much of his hour-long appearance presenting examples of the administration's dishonesty, Woodward was asked if the revelations in his new book had caused him to reconsider what he wrote in his previous two books about Bush. Woodward's reply? "No, because that's what happened." Even the usually unflappable King was taken aback, asking, "You don't change any opinions?" "No," said Woodward, "I don't." To which I say: Why the hell not?

The Foley Scandal: It's Not About Sex; It's About Trust

| Posted 10.04.2006 | Politics
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If the Foley fallout hands control of the House to Democrats, it won't be because of Foley's perverted acts; it will be because of the GOP's perverted priorities.

Fearless in Vegas: the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit

| Posted 10.05.2006 | Healthy Living
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Here I am in Las Vegas at Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women Summit. This morning began bright and early with "The Big Get-To-Know-You." We spent an hour going around the room introducing ourselves. As woman after woman stood up and said what they did, I found myself imagining these confident, fearless women as little girls -- and wondering at what point they decided they were not going to be held back by the fears and the stereotypes and the self-limiting beliefs that plague so many women. Talking to a number of the women afterwards, I was struck by how many of them had faced serious professional setbacks -- only to bounce back, undaunted. Indeed, usually even stronger and more fearless than before.

Book Tour Pics: The On Becoming Fearless Book Tour Moves to LA

| Posted 10.06.2006 | Healthy Living
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Lynda and Stewart Resnick hosted a wonderful party for On Becoming Fearless on Tuesday night. Take a look:

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Sunday Roundup

| Posted 10.07.2006 | Huffington Post

How desperate is the White House to get the Foley scandal off the front page? So desperate that it actually tried to shift the media focus onto Iraq -- where 23 U.S. soldiers and untold numbers of Iraqis were killed this week-- by having Condi Rice make an attention-grabbing "surprise" visit to Baghdad. But try as it might, nothing was going to dampen the Foley firestorm which was the week's hottest topic. Don't miss the takes of Marty Kaplan, Margaret Carlson, James Pinkerton, Rep. John Murtha, Merrill Markoe, Rachel Sklar, Stephen Elliott, Bill Diamond, Ellis Weiner, John McQuaid, Eric Boehlert, Bob Geiger, Shelley Lewis, Joe Solmonese, Cenk Uygur, Greg Saunders, Warren Berger, Joshuah Bearman, Toby Barlow, and Danielle Crittenden. And be sure to check out the Contagious Festival's collection of Foley satires.

FDR and Fearlessness: How the Personal Became the Political

| Posted 10.08.2006 | Healthy Living
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The Great Depression and WW II were certainly legitimate causes of fear, but FDR's mastery of his fear helped inspire millions to do the same. Just imagine how differently the current occupant of the White House would have dealt with these monumental crises -- using them to stifle dissent, gain political and partisan advantage, smear critics, and browbeat a nation into compliance. Instead of assuring us "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself," W would have told us the only way out of the Depression is to waterboard the Constitution, put Lady Liberty in a "stress position," and attach electrodes to the private parts of the Bill of Rights.

Bush's Direct-to-the-People Diplomacy: "We Cut Out the Middleman!"

| Posted 10.09.2006 | Entertainment
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President Bush's public response to the North Korean nuclear test was another pathetic foray onto the world stage by the man who once asked Prince Bandar, "Why should I care about North Korea?" It was filled with the usual bluster, but the bellicose bark was accompanied by the bite of a toothless old hound: "The proclaimed actions taken by North Korea are unacceptable and deserve an immediate response by the United Nations Security Council." So, what -- he's going to sic Ban Ki-moon on them? Of course, Bush being Bush, he also delivered a head-scratching punchline, saying: "The United States remains committed to diplomacy..." -- which is a little like Denny Hastert saying the GOP leadership "remains committed to the safety and well-being of Washington pages."

Republicans are Whistling Past the Foley Graveyard

| Posted 10.10.2006 | Politics
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The truth is, our electoral choices are frequently based on completely irrational feelings. And no one sought to exploit this truth any more brazenly than Newt Gingrich did in 1994.

Peerless at Being Fearless: My View on The View

| Posted 10.11.2006 | Healthy Living
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Flying to New York on the red-eye last night before this morning's visit to The View, I did a little background reading on Barbara, Joy, Rosie, and Elisabeth -- and it struck me how much they embody fearlessness. They are my book come to life. Take Joy Behar, who abandoned her job as a high school teacher in her late 30s to follow her dream of being a stand-up comic. There are no guarantees that come with taking that kind of risk, but there is the promise that you'll be changed in profound way -- first of all, just by being the kind of person who doesn't let fear stop them. Watch the video of my View visit here.

Book Tour TV: The View

| Posted 10.12.2006 | Healthy Living
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Memo to Dems Running in Red States: Economic Issues Are Moral Values

| Posted 10.12.2006 | Politics
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If you removed every reference to poverty in the New Testament, the Good Book would be reduced to little more than a Not Bad Pamphlet. READ MORE

Republicans are Whistling Past the Foley Graveyard The truth is, our electoral choices are frequently based on completely irrational feelings. READ MORE

Bush's Direct-to-the-People Diplomacy: "We Cut Out the Middleman!" Bush claiming "The United States remains committed to diplomacy" is like Denny Hastert claiming the GOP leadership "remains committed to the safety and well-being of Washington pages." READ MORE

FDR and Fearlessness: How the Personal Became the Political Exploring FDR's life, I was struck by how much his "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" brio was a product of his own personal fearlessness. READ MORE Book Tour TV: Charlie Rose

Book Tour TV: Charlie Rose

| Posted 10.13.2006 | Healthy Living
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Sunday Roundup

| Posted 10.14.2006 | Entertainment
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Axis of Evil Update: North Korea may or may not have entered the world's most exclusive -- and explosive -- club this week with its earth-and-nerve-rattling test. But one thing's for sure: Kim Jong Il is currently the world's most radioactive dictator. Iran quickly sided with its Axis of Evil homie, blaming the North Korean blast on "America's threats and humiliation," and vowing to carry on pursuing a nuke of its own. Meanwhile, ex-Axis member Iraq continues to deteriorate, as civilian deaths hit a record high. Shock and Awe, indeed. Check out the North Korea takes of Marty Kaplan, Robert Scheer, RJ Eskow, Kathleen Reardon, Bob Geiger, Blake Fleetwood, Philip Slater, Jayne Lyn Stahl, Diane Watson, and Merrill Markoe (here's mine). And, as always, our Sunday Roundup awaits below.

Book Tour TV: Tavis Smiley

| Posted 10.14.2006 | Healthy Living
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Book Tour TV: CBS Sunday Morning

| Posted 10.15.2006 | Healthy Living
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Help Save Ned Lamont: Write His Concession Speech Today

| Posted 10.15.2006 | Politics
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Ned Lamont is in danger of blowing it. Ever since beating Joe Lieberman in the primary, he has grown overly cautious, allowing consultants to drain him of the passion and purpose that propelled him to victory. It's a truism in politics that candidates often give their best speech when they are conceding. After they lose, they're suddenly liberated from their advisors, from their fears of saying "the wrong thing," and from trying to appeal to everyone. To make sure that Lamont never has to grit his teeth and congratulate Joe Lieberman on his victory, why don't we help write his "concession speech" now and ask him to deliver it to a small group of his most trusted friends so he can be freed up to act as if there is nothing left to lose between now and the election? Post your ideas in the comments section below and we'll cobble the best ones together and send the speech to the Lamont campaign.

Book Tour TV: Tavis Smiley

| Posted 10.15.2006 | Healthy Living
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Book Tour TV: CNN Showbiz Tonight

| Posted 10.16.2006 | Healthy Living
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Ned Lamont's Concession Speech (A Speech I Never Want to Hear)

| Posted 10.16.2006 | Politics
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Yesterday, I asked for your help in writing Ned Lamont's concession speech. The response was tremendous. Maybe having Lamont look in the mirror and deliver this speech will be the political equivalent of that moment in Moonstruck when Cher slaps Nic Cage across the face and says, "Snap out of it!" Here's the speech: I stand before you tonight with a very heavy heart. Not because I lost, but because of the way I lost. And because I realize I didn't have to. Like Al Gore and John Kerry before me, I forgot how high the stakes were. And I played it safe. I turned my campaign over to hired guns who think that running to the middle is a winning strategy -- even though it's proven to be a loser time and time again. I lost because I forgot what Ned Lamont stood for...

Podcast: Arianna Huffington and Nora Ephron at the 92nd Street Y

| Posted 10.17.2006 | Healthy Living
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Book Tour TV: CBS Early Show

| Posted 10.17.2006 | Healthy Living
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