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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 12/2006

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.02.2006 | Huffington Post

The Litvinenko poisoned spy story continues to baffle -- and entertain. I mean, what kind of incompetent criminal mastermind poisons people with radioactive isotope polonium-210? Twelve locations in London have turned up with traces of the substance, as well as two Boeing 767s that make regular trips between London and Moscow. Isn't "cover your tracks" the first thing you learn in Killing People by Theatrically Diabolical Means and Getting Away With It School? No offense to the Bond wannabes who offed Litvinenko, but why go the cloak-and-dagger route if you're just going to leave a trail that any bozo with a black light can follow? For fresh takes on the week's other top stories, check out our Sunday Roundup below.

Breaking News: The New York Times Thinks You're Stupid

| Posted 12.03.2006 | Politics
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I've got some earth-shattering news to report from The New York Times: Hillary Clinton is thinking of running for president. Okay, take a breath, because that's not all. Apparently, according to the super-secret sources of Serious Political Reporter Patrick Healy, she's even been having meetings with other Democrats to discuss her run. Yes, that is pretty much the entirety of the news found in this 1,327 word Times/Clinton '08 press release/news story. Each graph is more ridiculous and redundant than the last, and, as I read it, I found myself having the same thoughts as when I hear a Bush press conference: Does he really think we're that stupid? Is there no adult supervision? If newspapers cease to exist, it will be because of articles like this. TiVo Alert:I'll be on the Tyra Banks Show this afternoon on WB/UPN. Click here for local showtimes.

Obama Happens: A Cautionary Tale for Perfect Little Hillarys Everywhere

| Posted 12.04.2006 | Politics
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Gather around, little ones, I have a story to tell you. It is a cautionary tale about a perfect little girl who had a seemingly perfect little plan.

John Bolton, TV Star?

| Posted 12.05.2006 | Politics
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Now that Bolton has been kicked to the curb, people have been speculating what his next career move might be. I hear that he's going the traditional route, seeking a high-profile presence in the media.

Reality Check: As Violence Escalates in Iraq, Hillary Holds Press Conference on Violent Video Games

| Posted 12.07.2006 | Politics
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Hot on the heels of the release of the Iraq Study Group Report -- and a day in which 10 U.S. servicemen were killed and at least 84 Iraqis were blown up or shot -- Hillary Clinton joined with Joe Lieberman to hold a press conference today to announce the launch of a television PSA campaign about... video game ratings. The violence in Iraq is becoming more savage by the minute and Hillary is worried about video game violence? Are you kidding me? Could someone at the press conference please ask Hillary about her priorities? Is she really going to make a big deal about Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas when we have real tortured and mutilated bodies piling up all across Iraq?

Cutting the Fat from the Iraq Study Group's 79 Proposals

| Posted 12.07.2006 | Politics
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It took us a day, but we finally plowed through all 79 proposals submitted by the Iraq Study Group. Talk about overkill -- it's hard enough to read through 79 proposals, let alone try to implement them. Here then is HuffPost's look at some of the Group's suggestions that should be the first to go: Recommendation 21: The President should restate that the United States does not seek to control Iraq's oil. Too hard for him to pull off with a straight face... Recommendation 64: U.S. economic assistance should be increased to a level of $5 billion per year rather than being permitted to decline. Five billion in economic aid? I can just hear Sen. Brownback complaining about welfare insurgents driving Escalades. READ MORE

Why Pat Buchanan is "the Anti-Kerry"

| Posted 12.08.2006 | Politics
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Watch my debate over Iraq with Pat Buchanan and see why, as one HuffPost commenter puts it, "Buchanan is the anti-Kerry: he was against the war before he was for it."ah_scarb_iraq_buch_fp.jpg

Plus: Cutting the Fat from the Iraq Study Group's 79 Proposals

Reality Check: As Violence Escalates in Iraq, Hillary Holds Press Conference on Violent Video Games

John Bolton, TV Star?

Obama Happens: A Cautionary Tales for Perfect Little Hillarys Everywhere

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.09.2006 | Huffington Post

The big story this week was, of course, the release of the Iraq Study Group report -- and President Bush's less than warm reception of it (Hey, at least I read the damn thing, what more do you want?). The report was more fruit salad than silver bullet, but it did provide the Bush administration with the chance to come up with yet another Iraq war slogan. "I believe we need a new approach," said the president. A New Approach. Add that to the lengthening slogan timeline that started with A Gathering Threat, strutted through Slam Dunk, Shock and Awe, and Mission Accomplished, then hung tough with Last Throes, Adapt to Win, and Stay the Course. Unfortunately for the White House, Jim Baker's catch phrase is the one that is going to stick: Grave and Deteriorating. Check out our Sunday Roundup below.

A Known-Known: Donald Rumsfeld's Farewell Ego-Trip to Iraq

| Posted 12.10.2006 | Politics
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One thing you can say about Donald Rumsfeld, he's consistent. Contemptuous and arrogant right up until the very end of his disastrous tenure.

Good News, Everybody: We've Got a New Iraq Slogan!

| Posted 12.11.2006 | Politics
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Not surprisingly, the Bush administration is already backing away from most of the 79 proposals put forth by the Iraq Study Group. But while Bush isn't ready to follow the group's recommendations, he's ready to adopt its slogan, "New Way Forward." The president may not be into things like facts, truth, or reality, but he loves a good slogan. Of course, that's been the problem during this entire fiasco -- the substitution of rhetoric for policy -- the belief, even at this late date, that reality can be changed simply by changing the language used to describe it. Bush makes a big show of his religious faith, but what's truly impressive is his incredible faith in the power of PR, and, accordingly, his lack of faith in the American people. READ MORE

A Known-Known: Donald Rumsfeld's Farewell Ego-Trip to Iraq

Huff TV: I Visit Martha Stewart and Confront My Fear of Cooking

| Posted 12.12.2006 | Healthy Living
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Tuesday I confronted one of the biggest fears remaining on my checklist list -- the fear of cooking. And I did it on national TV -- in front of Martha Stewart! Check out me and Martha whipping up my favorite Greek Christmas dessert, melomakarona.

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Welcome to the Web, Tom DeLay!

| Posted 12.12.2006 | Huffington Post

Dear Tom, the Internet is a pretty fast moving place. So if you want to draw blood, you might want to try using a fresher zinger than saying I'm "the long lost 4th Gabor sister." No one LOLs at that one anymore.

Virtual Me

| Posted 12.14.2006 | Healthy Living
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I'm going virtual tonight and I'd like you all to join me, or at least the virtual version of me -- Arianna Hera -- tonight at 9 p.m. ET. Click here to read more... Arianna_Rev004_220fp.jpg

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.16.2006 | Politics
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So it turns out that your ego was right all along: it really is all about you! At least that's what Time says. You are the magazine's Person of the Year. Well, actually not You personally -- but all the Yous that make up the collective Us who are using or creating content on the Internet -- or, as Time has dubbed us, the "citizens of the new digital democracy." So pop open a bottle of champagne, take a bow, and celebrate the honor by exercising your control of the Information Age by reading as much of this week's Sunday Roundup as you damn well please -- in whatever order you choose. (In your face, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad!)

A Surge of Insanity

| Posted 12.17.2006 | Politics
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Harry Reid, asked what he'd do if the president calls for even more troops to be sent to Iraq, said, "If it's part of a program to get us out of there... then sure I'll go along with it." Is this why the American people gave the Democrats control of the Senate?

Premature Prognostication: Presidential Polls Come Two Years Too Soon

| Posted 12.18.2006 | Politics
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Is there anything more ridiculous than speculative polls offering head-to-head match-ups between potential presidential candidates done two years before the next election?

Christmas Shopping 2006: The Way Forward

| Posted 12.21.2006 | Politics
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Things have gotten so bad I'm thinking of withdrawing from the whole holiday gift-giving quagmire by Christmas '07, but, following the president's reasoning, I've decided to add a temporary surge of names to my Christmas gift list in the hope that I may be able to achieve holiday peace through escalation.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.23.2006 | Politics
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'Tis the day before Christmas and all through the Post, our bloggers are dreaming of the gift they want most. But since President Bush isn't likely to pull the troops out of Iraq by tomorrow, they'll have to make due with what Santa brings then. The tabloids meanwhile got an early Christmas present this week: Rosie vs The Donald. It was the media equivalent of a teenage boy finding a Playstation 3 and Jessica Alba gift-wrapped under the tree. Watching Trump spew his bile on TV gave a whole new meaning to the phrase of the moment, "Dick in a Box." So pour yourself a big glass of eggnog and enjoy this week's Sunday Roundup. And have yourself a very Merry Christmas Eve.

A HuffPost Christmas Present -- Feel Free to Re-Gift It!

| Posted 12.24.2006 | Healthy Living
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Merry Christmas, HuffPosters. As we finish opening our presents, let's take a moment to reflect on the non-consumer-driven aspects of the holiday. As the French writer Colette put it, "I had such a wonderful life. I only wish I had realized it sooner." Well, there is no day like Christmas to realize all that is wonderful in our lives. However difficult this year may have been -- and it certainly had more than its share of suffering and strife -- this is the day to focus on our blessings. And as we all bask in the grace of this day, we have one last gift for you to unwrap: a special line-up of holiday-inspired posts. Feel free to re-gift them to someone you love!

The Day After Christmas HuffPost Gift Bonanza: All Punchlines 50% Off!

| Posted 12.25.2006 | Politics
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Here are the gifts you suggested we wrap up for some of 2006's naughty and nice.

White House Pushes for Troop Surge, Best Advice of Generals Be Damned

| Posted 12.27.2006 | Politics
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Again and again, President Bush has insisted that he's running the war by listening to his military commanders. But that's clearly not what's happening.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.30.2006 | Politics
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So the Butcher of Baghdad is no more, but the horror unleashed by the historic mishandling of his ouster rages on. President Bush hailed Saddam Hussein's death as "an important milestone," but somehow I don't feel safer than I did in 2003, do you? How long before macabre mashups of Saddam's videotaped hanging hit YouTube, bringing a whole new meaning to the concept of "gallows humor"? The early line: after the ball drops in Times Square but before the 110th Congress is sworn in on Thursday. In the meantime, it's a HuffPost New Year's Eve: we're ready to pop the cork on the last Sunday Roundup of 2006. Feel free to guzzle - our blog posts are hangover free! See you next year (aka tomorrow!).