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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 10/2007

McCain and the Monks of Myanmar: Two Very Different Ways of Mixing Religion and Politics

| Posted 10.01.2007 | Politics

The blending of religion and politics is back in the headlines. And the latest examples make it clear that combining these two isn't inherently good or bad. It all depends on how it's done. And more importantly, why it's done.

Afghanistan Six Years Later: Join Us for a HuffPost LiveChat with Afghan Ambassador Said T. Jawad

| Posted 10.03.2007 | Politics

This Sunday marks six years since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan to topple the Taliban and root out al Qaeda. Today, Afghanistan is suffering through its most violent year since 2001, al Qaeda has expanded its reach, and U.S. casualties continue to grow. Today at 11 am ET, HuffPost will host a live chat with Said T. Jawad, Afghanistan's Ambassador to the United States, who has watched the struggle firsthand. To take part in the discussion, please send your questions, along with your name and town, to between now and the start of the chat. Then be sure to check out this space today at 11 am ET for this timely conversation.

Internet Trends: Dispatches from Laguna, the Land of Conferences

| Posted 10.04.2007 | Media
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The next big thing on the Internet will be a paradox: connecting in order to learn how to better disconnect from our always connected lives and reconnect with ourselves -- which is, after all, the ultimate connection.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 10.07.2007 | Politics

This week, Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton's top strategist, desperately tried to spin away the reasons Burson-Marsteller, the PR giant he oversees, had taken on Blackwater as a client. It was only a temporary assignment; it was the work of a GOP-friendly subsidiary; Penn "did no work on the Blackwater account," said Team Hillary. But why hasn't Penn been forced to choose between advising Hillary and overseeing a client list that has included Philip Morris, Merck, and Ahmad Chalabi? When George Bush ran in 2000, he insisted Karl Rove sell a political consulting firm Rove had founded. Questions to the Clinton campaign: How much was Burson-Marsteller paid by Blackwater? As CEO of the company, Penn will share in the Blackwater revenue, right? Who, exactly, worked on the account and what, exactly, did they do? And memo to Hillary: You know there's a problem when your top strategist's behavior makes Bush and Rove look like paragons of ethics.

Blackwater Madness: How NOT to Win Hearts and Minds in the Middle East

| Posted 10.08.2007 | Politics

Are we okay with a bunch of lawless mercenaries being the public face of the U.S.? Strange that we're not winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqis, isn't it?

Hail to the Punchline-in-Chief: An All-Star Panel of Pundits Weighs in on America's Most Comical Presidents

| Posted 10.11.2007 | Politics

We asked political observers -- including Nora Ephron, Peggy Noonan, Harry Shearer, Conrad Black, Richard Belzer, David Frum, Paul Slansky, and Joe and Jerry Long -- to weigh in on the question: Who was our most comical president?

What Would You Like Me to Ask Nancy Pelosi?

| Posted 10.12.2007 | Politics

On Monday, I'm going to be videotaping an exclusive HuffPost interview with Nancy Pelosi. And I'd love your input on what questions I should ask.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 10.13.2007 | Politics
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Al Gore's Nobel win has renewed speculation of an '08 run. At the same time, it has raised the question of what is the best platform for achieving real change. After all, Gore was awarded the Peace Prize not for things he did while holding the second highest office in the land, but for what he achieved while trudging around the globe as a slide-showing Jeremiah. Indeed, Gore has blossomed as a leader since leaving office. Conversely, we've seen the shrinking effect the seemingly endless process of running for president has -- turning candidates into overly-cautious pols less concerned with leading than with avoiding land mines. Which is why -- much as I would love to see Gore run -- it appears that his reply to the cries of "Run, Al, run" will be "Why?"

"Are You Too Well-Behaved to Get Us Out of Iraq?": My Interview with Nancy Pelosi

| Posted 10.15.2007 | Politics

On Friday, I asked for your recommendations on what I should ask Nancy Pelosi during my interview with her. The response was overwhelming. And the overriding theme of the reaction was, "Ask Speaker Pelosi to please, please, stop funding the war."

Ending the War vs Impeachment: Following Up on the Pelosi Interview

| Posted 10.16.2007 | Politics

I believe the most important issue facing Pelosi and Congressional Democrats right now is their reluctance to use their congressionally mandated power of the purse to stop funding the war in Iraq. So that's what I focused on.

Bush and the Democrats: Who is Truly Relevant?

| Posted 10.18.2007 | Politics

Bush's role as the primary Decider on the war in Iraq is keeping him tragically "relevant" -- in the same way that the driver of a bus careening toward the edge of cliff is extremely relevant to his passengers.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 10.21.2007 | Politics

What a week: Did Larry Craig go on national TV and cry about a Mutts and Moms dog? Did Ellen DeGeneres tell Matt Lauer she wasn't gay? Or was that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Did the Dali Lama insist he was still relevant? Did Britney announce she was running for president, while Stephen Colbert lost the right to visit his kids? So much happened, it was hard to keep it all straight. Or maybe I was too distracted by FundRace, HuffPost's addictive feature that makes it easy to see which presidential contender your friends, co-workers, and neighbors are contributing to. Our HuffPost team has been at it all week, crunching the numbers on everyone from media moguls to defense contractors to yoga instructors to Hollywood celebs (including the ones who didn't give). Check it out.

Midnight in America: the Mainstreaming of the GOP's Lunatic Fringe

| Posted 10.22.2007 | Politics

It has become impossible to tell where the Republican mainstream stops and the fanatical fringe begins. It can no longer be denied: the right wing lunatics are running the Republican asylum.

Ending the War: Time for the Dems to Play Hardball

| Posted 10.25.2007 | Politics

Too many Democrats seem resigned to the notion that, since they don't have the 60 votes needed to end Senate debate, their options on Iraq are limited.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 10.27.2007 | Politics
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Hillary Clinton turned 60 on Friday. And during the week, HuffPost inboxes were filled with emails imploring us to "Wish Hillary a Happy Birthday." One came from Bill Clinton who used the Democratic Congressional Committee List to assure us, "I know how happy Hillary will be to hear from you on her birthday." Another offered campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle's "favorite Hillary birthday story." Both e-missives included big "Contribute" buttons at the bottom. So the birthday form letter and the birthday e-missive have become campaign staples on both sides of the aisle; part of the trend of using everything as a fundraising tool and trying to mask how money-driven and distant our politics has become with phony intimacy.

Welcome to the Campaign, Senator Obama

| Posted 10.29.2007 | Politics

With just over nine weeks left before the Iowa caucuses, Barack Obama has finally decided to take off the gloves. It's about time. Read More