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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 03/2007

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.: Historian, Kennedy Court Philosopher...Blogger

| Posted 03.01.2007 | Politics
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There was nobody better as a representative of the old establishment culture than Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. So the very first person I approached about blogging for HuffPost was Arthur.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 03.03.2007 | Huffington Post

The unconscious is a powerful thing. Just ask John McCain and Barack Obama. This week, McCain, following in Obama's Freudian footsteps, referred to American casualties in Iraq as 'wasted.' This being America 2007, a clarification quickly followed, as McCain whipped out his thesaurus and said that he should have used the word 'sacrificed' instead. This was also Obama's preferred replacement term. Of course what went unsaid -- and unclarified -- was that their original statements had been a "Straight Talk" expression of what we all feel in our gut every time we read yet another obituary about yet another 21-year-old dying in Iraq: What a waste of humanity, of bravery, of patriotism... of a future that will never be.

"Problems of Leadership": Washington's Belated and Selective Concern for the Troops

| Posted 03.05.2007 | Politics
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Now that we've had an accountability moment for incompetent leadership in the care of wounded soldiers, how about one for the incompetent leadership responsible for getting the soldiers wounded in the first place?

Has Ann Coulter (Finally) Had Her Macaca Moment?

| Posted 03.06.2007 | Politics
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Last Night on Larry King Live I challenged the mainstream media to stop playing both sides of the street when it comes to Ann Coulter: pretending to be shocked -- shocked! -- by her outrageous, over-the-top invective while continuing to give her a platform. And not just giving her a platform, but singing her praises. Indeed, after Coulter called Al Gore a "total fag" on Hardball in July, Chris Matthews told her "you're great" and gushed about how he'd "love to have her back." Talk about enabling. No wonder she felt free to slime John Edwards at CPAC. But the tide could finally be turning.

Why the Libby Verdict Is So Damning

| Posted 03.06.2007 | Politics
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Before the GOP spin machine kicks into high gear, shouting from the mountain tops that the Libby verdict is just about making false statements to the FBI, and that no one was ever charged with the underlying crime of outing Valerie Plame, let's make it clear that Libby was found guilty not just of perjury but of obstructing justice in order to encumber the investigation and keep secret the dark, ugly truth about how the White House sought to cover up its lies about Iraq and its efforts to intimidate and silence critics of the administration. But the cover ups are unraveling, guaranteeing that Bush's legacy will both be marked by the tragedy of the Iraq war, and soiled by corruption, indictments, and convictions. READ MORE

Has Ann Coulter (Finally) Had Her Macaca Moment?

Libby Jury Finds Ari Fleischer "Not Believable": A Coming Attraction for Washington's Season of Scandal?

| Posted 03.07.2007 | Politics
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One of the many fascinating tidbits to be found in our exclusive look inside the Libby trial from juror Denis Collins, is the jury's reaction to former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer. They didn't believe a word he said. According to Collins, when Fleischer's testimony came up during deliberations, his fellow jurors dismissed him out of hand: "General impressions? Slick Willie. Not believable." They quickly added Fleischer to their list of "Least Believable Witnesses." It's a striking -- and sobering -- lack of credibility attributed to the man tasked with delivering the administration's message during the run-up to the war. READ MORE

Why the Libby Verdict Is So Damning

The Libby Verdict and the U.S. Attorneys Scandal: Two Symptoms of the Same Disease

| Posted 03.07.2007 | Politics
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Make no mistake, the U.S. attorney story is going to become a major scandal -- if only for the way it reveals how extensively the Bush rot has spread throughout the Republican Party.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 03.10.2007 | Huffington Post

Two topics most captured our bloggers' attention this week. One, the Libby verdict, was high drama. The other, Ann Coulter's appearance at CPAC was pure farce. (For tragedy, we had the Walter Reed scandal). Don't miss the Libby takes of Jane Hamsher, Margaret Carlson, Sidney Blumenthal, Michael Shaw, Eric Alterman, James Boyce, Michael Seitzman, Matt Browner Hamlin, Martin Lewis, Russell Shaw, Jim Derych, Terence Smith, RJ Eskow and Marty Kaplan (and here is mine). And on Coulter there were great takes from Lizz Winstead, Robert Scheer, Joe Solmonese, Joseph Palermo, Jeffrey Feldman, Kevin Jennings, Larry Arnstein, Lane Hudson, Eric Williams, Steve Young, Robert Elisberg, Michael Simmons, Chris Case and Jane Smiley (mine is here). And be sure to check out Paul Slansky's hilarious Libby and Coulter quizzes.

The Injustice at Justice: The White House's Fingerprints Begin to Show

| Posted 03.12.2007 | Politics
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We're inside the White House now, with the chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party revealing that he asked Karl Rove for help in getting rid of U.S. Attorney David Iglesias. The Turd Blossom has hit the fan.

Bush Library Update: New Bill Seeks to Remove For Sale Sign From Oval Office

| Posted 03.13.2007 | Politics
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A new bipartisan measure is good news for fans of political transparency -- and a downer for those spearheading the drive to hit up megadonors for half-a-billion dollars to build 43 a legacy-burnishing library.

Thank You, Sir, May I Have Another? Sharpton Puts Obama Through a Political Hazing Ritual

| Posted 03.15.2007 | Huffington Post

Listening to Al Sharpton rip into Barack Obama this week made me wonder why African American leaders so often feel compelled to give the back of their hand to emerging black leaders.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 03.17.2007 | Huffington Post

With all the strife roiling the Middle East, it's a rare week indeed when two side-splitting stories involving the region hit the headlines. Leading the laugh parade was the news that Israel had recalled its ambassador to El Salvador after police found him outside his compound drunk, naked, tied-up, and surrounded by sex toys. "It's the last straw," said an Israeli official. One can only wonder what the earlier straws had been. Then there was the news that Iran, taking time out from its efforts to bring the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation, was upset at the way its ancestors have been depicted in the film 300. Hey, it's not my fault that 300 of my very buff ancestors kicked butt in Thermopylae. Eat it, Ahmadinejad.

Iraq at Four Years: The Past is Indeed Prologue

| Posted 03.18.2007 | Huffington Post

So here we are, four years into the greatest foreign policy debacle in U.S. history. Four years, and still no end in sight. The past and the future. There are some -- mostly those inside the White House and their shills in the media and on Capitol Hill -- who would have you believe the two have nothing to do with each other. But looking back at how we got to where we are is essential -- especially when the same people responsible for this disaster are still in power. On this inauspicious anniversary, here is a look at the past -- and the people -- that brought us to this point, as I saw them in columns and blog posts.

Iraq Anniversary Roundup

| Posted 03.19.2007 | Politics
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As the searchlight of the news moves on to Gonzales and Rove, I want to pause the 24/7 cycle for a moment and call your attention to some takes you don't want to miss.

Halliburton Polls

| Posted 03.20.2007 | Entertainment
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According to Simon Jenkins, "the assumption, common in Britain and America, that a Baghdad street is like Fifth Avenue or Bond Street goes straight to the heart of the west's misunderstanding of Iraq. Iraqis are not used to being asked political questions by strangers in the street."

Who Created "Hillary 1984"? Mystery Solved!

| Posted 03.21.2007 | Politics
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For the last two weeks, the Internet has been buzzing about the hottest online mystery since lonelygirl15: who was behind the "Hillary 1984" video mashup? Well, I can finally end the guessing.

Activism, Anonymity, and the Brave New World of YouTube Politics

| Posted 03.23.2007 | Huffington Post

Over the last few days I've been asked what prompted us to issue a challenge to the HuffPost team to see if we could find out who was behind the "Hillary 1984" video. Here's the answer.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 03.24.2007 | Entertainment
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The week started tragically with the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq, included President Bush's Nixonian line-in-the-sand press conference on the U.S. Attorneys scandal, and ended with the heartrending announcement about Elizabeth Edwards' health. Thank goodness we had the comic relief of Tom DeLay. The disgraced former Majority Leader and bug exterminator brought some badly needed laughs during an appearance on Hardball when he denied that he had written a passage in his own book, even after Chris Matthews showed him the page it appears on. Shades of Terrell Owens, who once claimed he was misquoted in his own autobiography.

Impeach Gonzales: the Quickest Way to the Truth

| Posted 03.25.2007 | Politics
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In his weekend radio address, President Bush said of the investigation into the U.S. Attorney firings: "Members of Congress now face a choice: whether they will waste time and provoke an unnecessary confrontation, or whether they will join us in working to do the people's business." He got it half right. If his administration continues to thwart the ability of Congress to uncover the truth about the firings, there will indeed but a "confrontation." But it will hardly be "unnecessary." If the president continues trying to run out the clock on this scandal, Congress should immediately begin impeachment proceedings against Alberto Gonzales. It's the quickest way to the truth.

New HuffPost Project: The Wisdom of the Crowd Hits the '08 Campaign Trail

| Posted 03.26.2007 | Politics
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We are currently recruiting large groups of citizen journalists from around the country to help HuffPost add a new dimension to the coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign. Want to be involved? READ MORE

News 2.0: the Hybrid Future is Kicking Down the Door The days of publishing pooh-bahs dictating what is important and what is not are over. And thank goodness. READ MORE

Impeach Gonzales: the Quickest Way to the Truth Bush has 21 months left in office. That's far too long to continue with an Attorney General with utter contempt for the law. READ MORE

News 2.0: the Hybrid Future is Kicking Down the Door

| Posted 03.28.2007 | Huffington Post

The days of publishing pooh-bahs dictating what is important and what is not are over. And thank goodness.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 03.31.2007 | Huffington Post

These are interesting times for political humor. Bill Maher riffs on the story of Dick Cheney surviving a suicide bombing in Afghanistan and is excoriated. President Bush jokes about the same incident and scores big laughs. Five and a half years after 9/11, five and a half years after Ari Fleisher warned Americans they "need to watch what they say, watch what they do," five and a half years after Graydon Carter declared the death of the age of irony, we seem to be living in a Golden Age of political humor, with Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Borat Sagdiev wielding their satiric blades. And then we have this. Ripping the heads off small animals is such a hoot, isn't it? Freud would have a field day.