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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 12/2007

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.02.2007 | Politics

Sex, Lies, and Videotape ruled the roost this week. The sex came in the he said, he said rumors about Trent Lott and a gay escort, and in Rudy and Judy's taxpayer funded trysts. The lies were delivered by Karl Rove and Bill Clinton, who each tried to rewrite history regarding the war in Iraq -- and Rudy (again), who had a hard time keeping his facts straight. And you can toss in Lott (again) too - unless you believe he's retiring five years early because his pastor read Ecclesiastes. As for the videotape, take your pick: we have Andy Card dissing Rove, me discussing Rove on Olbermann, Olbermann as a toon on the Simpsons, Joe Scarborough dissing CNN, and our collection of the week's Must See Video.

Will Hill Kill Bill for Lying About Iraq?

| Posted 12.02.2007 | Politics

I hear Hillary is ready to kill Bill. But it has nothing to do with his roving eye and everything to do with his Rovian lie -- claiming that he had "opposed Iraq from the beginning" when the record clearly shows otherwise.

Huckabee Tries to Shoot the Messenger, But Wounds His Campaign Instead

| Posted 12.06.2007 | Politics

The way that Mike Huckabee has handled the furor caused by the Huffington Post's coverage of his role in the release of Wayne Dumond has been very revealing. And troubling.

HuffPost's "The Bush Years" Posters: A Powerful Tool for '08

| Posted 12.06.2007 | Politics

2007-12-10-NY_Wall_Huff_Post_fpII.jpgHere's the plan: sell the posters and use the proceeds to put giant versions of the three posters on the sides of buildings in New York, LA, and DC.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.09.2007 | Politics

It was a bumpy week for the GOP frontrunners. Mitt Romney struggled to make voters comfortable with his Mormon values while uttering the M-word only once in a 20-minute speech. Rudy Giuliani was forced to come clean that he had provided taxpayer-funded chauffeur service to his then-mistress earlier than previously admitted. And Mike Huckabee was put on the hot seat by HuffPost's coverage of his role in the release of a serial rapist who went on to rape and kill at least one other woman. And yet Huckabee has surged ahead in Iowa. So, does this mean that voters are more troubled by a different Jesus and sex-on-the city than by an attempt to fudge the ugly facts of a terrible decision?

Democrats Need To Admit They Have A Problem: They Are Addicted to Backing Down

| Posted 12.10.2007 | Politics

It's shocking that any American lawmaker -- of either party -- would go along with state-sanctioned torture. But it's not shocking when you realize it's just part of a long line of Democratic "acquiescence."

Hey, Good Lookin': The Rise of Belly Fat Politics

| Posted 12.13.2007 | Politics

Have we gotten to the point in our looks-obsessed culture where a svelte waistline is a prerequisite for higher office and a double chin an automatic disqualifier?

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.15.2007 | Politics

This was a week for might-have-beens and paths-not-taken. Al Gore accepted the Nobel Prize, reminding us that America's loss was Mother Earth's gain. President Bush stood in the White House and told ABC: "I doubt I'd be standing here if I hadn't quit drinking whiskey." Sobriety's gain was America's loss. And Bill Clinton told an Iowa crowd that when they were first dating, he advised Hillary to dump him. I wonder if Ron Burkle gave the same advice to Bill. And a reminder to all readers: our Bush Years posters are selling like Lawrence O'Donnell dolls at a Salt Lake City voodoo shop, so order yours today. They make great political stocking stuffers.

Huckabee: The GOP's Cynical Use of Religion Has Come Home to Roost

| Posted 12.17.2007 | Politics

Why is the Republican establishment suddenly in a state of near-apoplexy? They've been cultivating evangelicals and fundamentalists for 30 years. Now they finally have a candidate who's truly part of the movement.

New HuffPost Features: More of What You Come Here For

| Posted 12.20.2007 | Huffington Post

We are rolling out a number of new features that will continue to make HuffPost a go-to web destination for up-to-the-minute news and fresh takes on the stories everyone is talking about. Read More Huckabee: The GOP's Cynical Use of Religion Has Come Home to Roost The holy-rolling monster the GOP's Dr. Frankensteins have created has thrown off the shackles, fled the lab, and is currently leading in Iowa. And the party doesn't know what to do. Read More Brad Pitt Weighs in on Rebuildng New Orleans, Iraq, and the '08 Race

Brad Pitt Weighs in on Rebuildng New Orleans, Iraq, and the '08 Race

| Posted 12.21.2007 | Politics

I spoke with Brad Pitt on Friday. The actor-turned-activist has been spearheading an effort to build affordable, sustainable homes in New Orleans. He feels that the aftermath of Katrina "should be one of the major issues" of the '08 race, and that the presidential campaign should step up and tap into their coffers to adopt a home. We also spoke about the lack of government funding for the victims of Katrina and the $70 billion in war funding approved this week. "Give us just a fraction of that," he said, concisely summing up the tragic opportunity costs of the war in Iraq.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.22.2007 | Politics
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This was a week of the surprising and the predictable. Surprising: Jamie Lynn Spear's pregnancy (She leapt from Zooey 101 to Knocked Up, The Teen Years ). Curt Schilling firing a blog missile at The Rocket (so much for baseball's version of omerta). Putin named Person of the Year (Time looked into his eyes and saw that he'd be better for circulation than been-there, won-that Al Gore). Predictable: The Clintons go dirty (you thought they'd let Hillary fall to a coke-sniffing, madrassa-schooled roll-of-the-dice kind of guy without a fight?). Huckabee and McCain play the Christmas Cross Card (Silent Night, Holier-Than-Thou Night). And, most tragically, Congressional Democrats' utterly predictable cave in on war funding (Anyone in the market for a crate of "No more blank checks!" T-shirts? Call Harry Reid's office).

I'm Dreaming of a Bloggy Christmas

| Posted 12.24.2007 | Huffington Post

Merry Christmas, HuffPosters. As has become our tradition (on this our 3rd Christmas!), we've tucked an assortment of holiday-inspired posts -- some funny, some bittersweet, some practical, some political -- under your HuffPost tree. As for me, I'm taking this opportunity to count my blessings and spend more time today on our Living section than our Politics section, following the advice of Stacey Lawson's post, Joy Is The Reason For The Season, and David Allen's Priorities, Priorities, Priorities. Our Huffpost community -- our team, our bloggers, our commenters, our users -- has been both a priority and a gift. Not a return or regift in the bunch! And remember: Every time you click on a post, a blogger gets his wings.

The Imperial Presidency: the '08 Candidates Weigh In

| Posted 12.26.2007 | Politics

Looking ahead, it could turn out to be the "sleeper issue" of the 2008 presidential race. I'm talking about executive power -- and the way it has been abused over the last seven years.

Benazir Bhutto: From the Oxford Union to her Last Rally in Rawalpindi

| Posted 12.27.2007 | Politics

There is no shortage of analysis about the national security implications of Bhutto's death, but I want to write about the young woman I met in England before she became a player on the world stage.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.29.2007 | Politics

The media reaction to the turmoil in Pakistan is as illogical as it is predictable. Given yet another example of how the president's disastrous foreign policy has left us all less safe, we are suddenly being showered with analysis that takes as a given that Bush and those who agree with him -- or have enabled him -- are better at keeping us safe. It's the same nonsense that prevailed in 2004, and is rearing its ugly head again in the '08 race. Witness the rapidly congealing conventional wisdom that Bhutto's murder will help the campaigns of Rudy Giuliani -- who has left no daylight between himself and Bush on Iraq and foreign policy -- and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate who took the longest to distance herself from Bush. The ticking time bomb in Pakistan brings home -- once again -- what a tragic distraction Iraq has been from where the real danger lies. Isn't it beyond time we all got the message?

I Am Conventional Wisdom: An Unstoppable Zombie Wreaks Havoc On America

| Posted 12.31.2007 | Politics

One of the biggest zombie lies is that the people who supported our disastrous invasion of Iraq are the ones best qualified to decide how to clean up the mess they helped create. Hey, no one ever said zombies are logical.

New Year's 2008: Should Auld Administrations Be Forgot...

| Posted 12.31.2007 | Politics

As we ring out 2007, and ring in 2008, our bloggers are looking back on the year that was (goodbye "wide stance," bald Britney, juiced up ballplayers, Melamine-tainted pet food, recalled toys, heavily-armed school shooters, Karl Rove's historical revisionism, Miss Teen USA's views on education ("like such as..."), Bill Clinton's fears of "rolling the dice," Don Imus apologizing, Michael Vick apologizing, David Vitter apologizing, Marie Osmond dancing, Lindsay Lohan rehabbing, Alberto Gonzales testi-lying, Blackwater thugs, and fired US Attorneys) and looking ahead at the year to come (hello primaries, conventions, November 4, and the end of the Bush presidency), as well as offering up their New Year's resolutions. Click here to read my resolutions.