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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 01/2007

Hello, 2007: New Year's Resolutions I'd Like to Hear

| Posted 01.01.2007 | Entertainment
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Through the years, I've discovered something about New Year's resolutions: while it's not so easy to keep them, it's very easy to make them for other people. And a lot more fun, too. So it's become something of a personal New Year's tradition to offer resolutions I'd like to hear assorted public figures make and keep. Here is this year's batch: Mark Foley: "I will develop a better pick up line than 'get a ruler and measure it for me.'" Lindsay Lohan: "I will use my heartfelt condolence notes to express my heartfelt condolences, not as a PR tool." Dick Cheney: "I will no longer shoot my friends in the face -- concentrating instead on the torso and legs." Harry Reid: "Hearings. Subpoenas. Oversight."

The White House Dumps Another Body Over the Side of Its Sinking Iraq Ship

| Posted 01.02.2007 | Politics
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The NY Times reveals the White House's latest PR spin on Iraq: Blame Gen. Casey. The top U.S. commander in Iraq is about to become the latest fall guy for the administration's Iraq debacle.

D.C. Notes: Swearing In Week is Like Spring Break for Power Players

| Posted 01.03.2007 | Politics
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I arrived in Washington last night for the swearing in of the 110th Congress -- and the multitude of events scheduled to coincide with the official handoff of power to the Democrats. It's only Wednesday but GOP consultant Mike Murphy has already all-but-locked down the week's Most Churlish Quote award with his dyspeptic reaction to the series of events planned to celebrate Nancy Pelosi's ascension to Speaker of the House. "What no fireworks?" he chided. "I'm glad they canceled the tickertape parade. They probably couldn't find biodegradable tickertape and a hybrid convertible." Sounds like Murphy is ticked he's on the wrong side of the changing of the guard.

D.C. Notes: Murtha Again Taking the Lead on Iraq

| Posted 01.03.2007 | Huffington Post

When we asked about the president sending additional troops to Iraq, Murtha was adamant: "Money is the only way we can stop it for sure."

D.C. Notes: Pelosi Celebrations are a Family Affair

| Posted 01.03.2007 | Healthy Living
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The Place: The Andrew Mellon Auditorium The Event: An afternoon tea honoring Nancy Pelosi and featuring a tribute to the late Ann Richards The Scene...

D.C. Notes: Wes Clark is Steamed, Jane Harman Isn't, and Terry McAuliffe is High on Hillary (Big Shock There, Huh?)

| Posted 01.04.2007 | Politics
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At the packed-to-the-rafters brunch preceding Nancy Pelosi's formal swearing-in, we ran into: Wes Clark, who called the possibility of U.S. air strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities the biggest foreign policy issue facing America. "I'm worried about the surge," he said. "But I'm worried about this even more."; Terry McAuliffe, who said it would be good for Hillary to have to face Edwards and Obama in the primaries because "it would make her that much stronger in a general election campaign."; and Jane Harman, looking fit and relaxed, who insisted it was time for the media to stop trying to paint everything Nancy Pelosi does as "a catfight."

D.C. Notes: Breaking News from the Hill

| Posted 01.04.2007 | Politics
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The great news of yesterday -- indeed, the best news we've heard all week-- is that today Democratic Congressional leaders will come out with a strong statement on troop escalation, laying down a marker and establishing the Democratic position on what has become the first critical decision on the war in Iraq facing the 110th Congress.

Wes Clark is Steamed, Jane Harman Isn't, and Terry McAuliffe is High on Hillary (Big Shock There, Huh?)

Pelosi Celebrations are a Family Affair

Murtha Again Taking the Lead on Iraq

Swearing In Week is Like Spring Break for Power Players

D.C. Notes: Reid and Pelosi Urge Bush to Reject Troop Escalation

| Posted 01.05.2007 | Politics
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So the open letter to President Bush from Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi is out -- and it's a passionate argument against the escalation of troops in Iraq [read whole letter here]. Reid had given us a preview of the letter yesterday when we visited him in his office, which, as Senate tradition has it, is the same office he had as Minority Leader (not than anyone was complaining, especially when we stepped out onto the terrace with its stunning views of Capitol Hill).

D.C. Notes: The Final Download

| Posted 01.05.2007 | Politics
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Our adventures on the Day Democrats Took Back Control of Capitol Hill included encounters with: Joe Scarborough, who is sounding increasingly angry about the president's policies on Iraq; Sen. John Warner, who said of a potential troop increase: "I'll wait for the president to make his proposal, then I'll speak my mind." (it didn't sound like the president will like what he hears); Harry Reid, who gave us a heads-up on his and Pelosi's open letter to the president; Larry King Live, where I had to swat away another round of the GOP's flypaper theory; Wyclef Jean, rocking the House; and George Stephanopoulos at the Kuwait Embassy, discussing his Internet surfing habits. Details are just a click away.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.06.2007 | Entertainment
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This was a historic week, as Democrats took back control of Capitol Hill, and our bloggers -- including more than a few members of the 110th Congress -- had plenty to say about it. Check out the takeover takes of Sen. Tom Harkin, Rep. John Murtha, Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jane Smiley, Bob Borosage, Lawrence O'Donnell, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Ed Markey, James Zogby, Patt Morrison, Mark Green, Beth Dozoretz, Bob Geiger, Mona Gable, Tom Baer, Taylor Marsh, Michael Shaw, Kristina Brittenham, and Melinda Henneberger and, making her blogging debut, Melinda's 10-year-old daughter Della (You can read my on-the-scene accounts here, here, here, here, and below). And for those sweating their way through a much-warmer-than-usual winter weekend, don't miss Manhattan in January, Jill Sobule's funny musical take on global warming.

Watching the President's Iraq Speech: A Diagnostic Guide

| Posted 01.08.2007 | Huffington Post

As the president prepares to lay out his new plan for Iraq it might be useful to have a diagnostic checklist -- key symptoms we should look for to help us evaluate where he currently rates on the delusional scale.

The President's New Way Forward Plan: Shocking in its Banality

| Posted 01.10.2007 | Huffington Post

So there you have it. The New Way Forward. The promise of great new things followed up by the delivery of more of the same failed thinking and policies.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.13.2007 | Politics
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The yin and yang of Iraq proposals -- President Bush's troop escalation speech, and Sen. Kennedy's measure calling for a Congressional vote before any escalation can take place -- rightly dominated the week's headlines, and our bloggers had plenty to say about both. Don't miss Rep. Jane Harman, Rep. John Conyers, Jane Smiley, Nathan Gardels, Larry Beinhart, Rep. Jim McDermott, Stephen Elliott, Nadim al-Jabari, Suzanne Nossel, David Kuo, Stephen Schlesinger, Martin Lewis, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky on Bush's depressingly familiar New Way Forward (my presidential diagnosis is here), and Bob Cesca, Kathleen Reardon, Stephen Kaus, Bill Robinson, Michael Shaw, Chris Weigant, and Alec Baldwin on Kennedy's attempt to thwart what he termed the president's "policy of desperation built on denial and fantasy." Plus our Featured Roundup below.

The New Way Forward Splinters the Grand Old Party

| Posted 01.15.2007 | Politics
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The president's New Way Forward in Iraq has split the GOP into three camps: the Triumphalists, the Just-Becausers, and the Realists.

Sen. Mitch McConnell: His Silence Speaks Volumes

| Posted 01.15.2007 | Politics
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wolfmitch.jpgCheck out the classic pause Mitch McConnell serves up when Wolf Blitzer asks him why he believes President Bush's troop escalation plan will succeed.

Davos Notes: HuffPost Brings You Your All-Access Pass

| Posted 01.17.2007 | Politics
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The elite has clearly gotten the message that we're living in a Google/YouTube world and decided to open the doors of Davos to bloggers and blogging, partnering with, among others, The Huffington Post.

Davos Notes: My Panels, Your Suggestions

| Posted 01.17.2007 | Politics
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As I posted earlier, I'm going to be doing a lot of listening, observing, and blogging while at the World Economic Forum confab in Davos. But I'll al...

Report from the ICU: Jane Hamsher Fights the Very Good Fight

| Posted 01.19.2007 | Healthy Living
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While being wheeled into surgery, Jane, in her twilight state, muttered to her doctors: "I have to be back in DC in 2 weeks to watch Dick Cheney sweat on the stand." Good thing her surgeon is not among the deluded few who still approve of the VP.

The Mainstream Media's Take on Iraq: Right, Left... And Dead Wrong

| Posted 01.20.2007 | Politics
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Divorced from the reality of what's going on in Iraq. Wedded to a deluded perception of the war. Unwilling to acknowledge widespread and irrefutable evidence to the contrary. Sound like anyone you know? No, I'm not talking about President Bush -- though it's certainly true of him as well. I'm talking about the mainstream media, and their relentless depiction of the Iraq war as a left/right issue, even as the facts give lie to this outdated, obsolete, and thunderingly inaccurate framing. Poll after poll attests to the bipartisan nature of the support for ending the war. But you'd never know it from watching the pundits on television.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.20.2007 | Huffington Post

The week kicked off with Golden Globe Winner Sacha Baron Cohen's heartfelt tribute to his co-star Ken Davitian's rancid nether region. But Davitian's was far from the only ass making headlines this week. O.J. Simpson floated the idea of writing a "tasteful" account of his life with Nicole. Rick Santorum praised the president for "not listening to the people, not listening to Congress." John McCain saw his poll numbers "tanking" due to his head-in-his-bum cheerleading for escalating the war in Iraq . And word surfaced that Fidel Castro had recently been fitted with an artificial anus. Sphincter watchers see no letup in sight, as President Bush prepares for Tuesday's State of the Union speech -- which I'll be watching from the other side of the pond in Davos (Don't forget to video your Davos questions and offer your suggestions).

New Media in Old Europe

| Posted 01.22.2007 | Huffington Post

o here I am in the heart of Don Rumsfeld's "Old Europe," and it feels like the most dynamic, exciting place on earth. At least for anybody who finds new ideas about media, design, social networking, communication and connection interesting -- and that certainly includes everyone at the third annual DLD conference.

My First "Davos Moment"

| Posted 01.23.2007 | Politics
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Davos officially starts Wednesday morning, but I had my first Davos Moment Tuesday night, walking in to the hotel. After making it through the security phalanx, I spotted at one and the same time a sign saying "Bloggers Nightcap" (a late-night gathering of all the bloggers who are here from around the world), and Klaus Schwab -- the Swiss professor who created the World Economic Forum 36 years ago. "This is historic," he told me. "Opening up Davos to the blogosphere at the very moment when our world is increasingly schizophrenic..."

Davos Notes: Gergen on Bush's Handling of Iran: "This is Nuts!"

| Posted 01.24.2007 | Politics
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"This is nuts! It's just crazy to me." That was David Gergen's assessment of the Bush administration's failure to use diplomacy to confront the looming Iran nuclear crisis (he is clearly far more unplugged in Davos than he is on CNN). We were wrapping up our early morning panel, taking a look ahead at the key economic and political issues on America's horizon. Our fellow panelists were Nicholas Kristof and Jay Nordlinger. Gergen started off the session by evaluating Bush's State of the Union on the two criteria Aristotle said are essential to a great speech, logos and pathos (logic and emotion). He thought the problem with the speech was that it was light on pathos. I thought it was light on pathos, too - but utterly devoid of even a wisp of lagos. READ MORE

Virtual Davos: Arianna on Second Life

Virtual Davos

| Posted 01.24.2007 | Healthy Living
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I was -- or, rather, my virtual Second Life avatar self, Arianna Hera - was interviewed live on Second Life at Davos Wednesday night by Adam Pasick (a...

Davos Notes: We Get to Hear Iraqis Discuss Iraq (For a Change)

| Posted 01.25.2007 | Politics
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Davos Day 2 kicked off officially at 8:45 a.m. with a panel moderated by Richard Haass that included Iraq Vice-President Adil Abd al-Mahdi. The top takeaway was al-Mahdi's embrace of the proposal to hold a regional forum of Iraq's neighbors, including Iran. READ MORE

The Ones that Got Away Here are just a few of the sessions in Davos that for one reason or another I won't be attending. READ MORE

Photoblogging from Davos

Gergen on Bush's Handling of Iran: "This is Nuts!"

Virtual Davos: Arianna on Second Life