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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 09/2007

Karl Rove, Closet Comedian?

| Posted 09.01.2007 | Politics

Who knew the gang at the White House was such a bunch of cut ups? Turns out that in between waging a disastrous war in Iraq and subverting the constitution at home, Karl Rove and company love nothing better than pulling frat house pranks on one another. READ MORE HuffPost's Candidate Mashup Is Getting Closer: Send Us Your Questions! We've put together a video of some of the questions we've received. Check it out and send us yours. READ MORE

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.01.2007 | Politics
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Three disturbing facts from this week's news cycle: Larry Craig likes to take a "wide stance" when, depending on whose version you believe, either doing his business or looking to get busy; Katrina fall guy Michael Brown now works in the private sector as a disaster response advisor (Best advice: "Don't do what I did!"); and the Government Accountability Office has so little faith in the honesty of the Bush administration, it felt the need to leak its negative assessment of progress in Iraq to prevent it from being watered down by the White House. In my mind, these stories have all blended together, with President Bush calling a news conference to announce: "Heck of a blow job, Craigie."

In the Age of Terror, Isn't Busting Toe-Tappers an Insane Use of Our Law Enforcement Resources?

| Posted 09.03.2007 | Politics

Since the news about Craig broke, the media focus has been on his sexual perversions -- it's time to turn the spotlight on the perverted priorities of America's law enforcement community.

Which Way Democrats? Join Matt Bai for a HuffPost LiveChat Tonight

| Posted 09.04.2007 | Politics
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Matt Bai, whose new book, The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics, focuses on multiple efforts to move the Democratic Party away from the "third way" tactics of its DLC-wing, will be taking part in a live chat on HuffPost today, starting at 7 pm EDT. To join the discussion, please send your questions to live@huffingtonpost.com between now and the start of the chat. Then be sure to check out our Politics page at 7 o'clock Eastern -- and watch the sparks fly.

Bin Laden Slams Dems, Praises Chomsky, and Promises Lower Taxes

| Posted 09.08.2007 | Politics
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Bush once vowed to capture Osama, but then turned his attention to Iraq, leaving the perpetrator of 9/11 free to fret over global warming and U.S. mortgage rates. And, by the look of things, stock up on Grecian Formula.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.08.2007 | Politics

For George Bush, some memes never get old. Here we are on the cusp of the sixth anniversary of 9/11, and the president is still shamelessly straining to make the connection between the war in Iraq and 9/11. Responding to Osama bin Laden's latest taped diatribe, Bush seized on the terrorist's mention of Iraq, saying: "If al-Qaeda bothers to mention Iraq, it's because they want to achieve their objectives in Iraq, which is to drive us out." Talk about chutzpah: Bush falsely used bin Laden as a pretense for starting the war in Iraq and is now using him again as a false pretense for staying the disastrous course. Who needs the Petraeus report when you have the bin Laden retort? Play it again, George.

Dems Hold All the Cards on Iraq, So Why Are They Folding?

| Posted 09.09.2007 | Politics

On the eve of the Petraeus report, the White House has cranked up its spin machine, and the Democrats are falling into their default duck-and-cover mode.

Denying the Truth: Petraeus, Iraq, and Our Pontius Pilate Press

| Posted 09.10.2007 | Politics

Like Pontius Pilate washing his hands of responsibility, too many in the Washington press corps want to pretend they are leaving the question of "what is truth" to their readers -- refusing to admit that there is even such a thing as truth.

Get "Ugly" with CNN's Jack Cafferty in HuffPost LiveChat

| Posted 09.11.2007 | Media

Jack Cafferty will be joining HuffPost for a live chat Wednesday to offer his in-your-face takes on everything from Bush and Iraq to immigration to the latest celebrity tabloid outrage. To submit a question for Jack, click here.

Tales from the Mashup: Charlie Rose, Bill Maher, the Ten Commandments and Elizabeth Taylor's 7th Husband

| Posted 09.13.2007 | Politics

Phase One of our first-ever online-only Candidate Mashup was completed Wednesday afternoon when Charlie Rose finished questioning each of the eight Democratic candidates, using questions from the thousands that were sent in to Yahoo!, Slate and HuffPo. Charlie's intimate, personal style was perfectly suited to the online universe. Then, after questions on Iraq, health care and education, there was the "wild card" question asked of each of the candidates by Bill Maher, eliciting some of the most provocative answers of the day. You can take control of designing the debate you want to see -- picking and choosing what issues you want to hear about and which candidates you want to hear from. Get ready to Mash.

The Candidate Mashup is Live: Slice-and-Dice the Debate, Create Your Own Video

| Posted 09.13.2007 | Politics

Our Campaign Mashup video is now available for you to remix however you please. Maybe you'll come up with the next online sensation.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.15.2007 | Politics
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This was quite a week for bad behavior. Bill Belichick was caught cheating (sorry, I mean, misinterpreting the rules); Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell was caught lying to Congress (sorry, I mean, overstating the role warrantless eavesdropping played in thwarting a major terror plot); and OJ Simpson reportedly robbed a man at gunpoint. Over sports memorabilia. Then there was Tony Snow, who ended his truth-challenged run as press secretary by claiming, when asked about the possibility of a long term US military presence in Iraq, "Yeah, well, the Iraqis want that." Yeah, well, actually they don't. A new poll shows that 79 percent of Iraqis oppose our being there, and 57 percent approve of attacks against US troops. So, tragically, what the majority of Iraqis actually want is more dead American soldiers.

Dept. of Misdirection: With Iraq a Disaster, GOP Goes Crazy Over a Newspaper Ad

| Posted 09.17.2007 | Politics

Was the MoveOn ad blunt? Yes. Did it go for the jugular? No doubt. But while the way it chose to make its points can be debated, the accuracy of those points cannot.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.23.2007 | Politics
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I don't know about you, but for me this week felt like a giant early 90s flashback, with top stories featuring O.J. Simpson, Dan Rather, Hillary Clinton's health care plan, and the GOP snubbing black voters (okay that one could also have been from the 80s, the 70s, the 60s, the 50s, etc). So what will next week bring? Loreena Bobbitt showing up in Vegas to steal her member-slicing knife from a sleazy memorabilia dealer ("You think you can steal my shiv?!")? Boyz II Men suing themselves for ruining their careers? Newt Gingrich releasing the Contract with America 2.0? Who knows, maybe even 90s icon Nelson Mandela will be back in the news (hey, wait a minute...)

Introducing HuffPost's New Financial Advice Column

| Posted 09.24.2007 | Business
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I am delighted to announce the launch of the Huffington Post's financial advice column, to be written by Dan Solin.

New Books By Alan Greenspan and Naomi Klein: One is Prophetic, One is Pathetic

| Posted 09.25.2007 | Politics

A fascinating dispute on modern economics -- and the dominant role it plays in our politics -- is currently taking place in America's bookstores.

HuffPost Exclusive: a Scene from John Cusack's War Inc.

| Posted 09.26.2007 | Politics

Cusack's powerful new film pulls off the near-impossible: finding a savage reality-altering humor amidst the tragedy of Iraq.

My Video Chat with John Conyers

| Posted 09.27.2007 | Politics

2007-09-25-ahcon11.jpgJohn Conyers has become the point man on some of today's most contentious upcoming political battles -- so I thought he would be the perfect person to inaugurate our new Video Chat feature.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.29.2007 | Politics
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This week, the GOP presidential frontrunners ditched a black voters forum: Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner? Larry Craig voted against a bill that protects gays: Guess Who's Not Coming Out at Dinner? Bill O'Reilly showed his true colors: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Without Screaming, "M-Fer, I Want More Iced Tea!"? READ MORE

How Long Before McCain Apologizes? At the top of the Huffington Post we have John McCain's remark that he'd prefer a president who has a "solid grounding in my faith." I'm in New York, about to take a flight for Las Vegas (to give a speech, not to gamble). My question is: how long before McCain apologizes? Before I land? P.S. I've just landed in Las Vegas and McCain has already clarified his statement.

How Long Before McCain Apologizes?

| Posted 09.30.2007 | Politics

At the top of the Huffington Post we have John McCain's remark that he'd prefer a president who has a "solid grounding in my faith." I'm in New York, about to take a flight for Las Vegas (to give a speech, not to gamble). My question is: how long before McCain apologizes? Before I land?