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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 02/2008

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 02.02.2008 | Politics

The week that was: Teddy passed the JFK baton to Obama, Bush offered up a blast-from-the-past State of the Union, McCain took Florida, Florida took out Giuliani, Clinton tried to claim Florida too (after having agreed that no one should), Edwards bowed out, Obama and Clinton had a Kodak moment, and the latest campaign fundraising figures were released, showing that Giuliani spent close to $50 million in '07, capturing but one national delegate in the process (the worst delegate bang for the buck in the history of presidential politics). For more fundraising fun, give our FundRace tool a whirl. Its new mapping feature lets you to see how much your friends, neighbors, co-workers, ex-husbands, old college roommates, and assorted famous folks have given -- and to who. Warning: It's addictive!

The 2008 Race for President and the Search for Our Better Selves

| Posted 02.04.2008 | Politics

It is time we recognize that our search for a great president is also a search for our better selves. Finally, a political litmus test that matters: Which presidential candidate can lead us to do more good than we think we're capable of?

A November Preview?

| Posted 02.06.2008 | Politics

Obama and McCain's overlapping oratories could not have been more different. One soared; the other plodded. One caused goose bumps; the other caused eyelids to flutter shut. One felt newly minted; the other could have been given by Herbert Hoover (and maybe was). Read More The 2008 Race for President and the Search for Our Better Selves It is time we recognize that our search for a great president is also a search for our better selves. Finally, a political litmus test that matters: Which presidential candidate can lead us to do more good than we think we're capable of? Read More

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 02.09.2008 | Politics
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This week, the CIA finally confirmed it had waterboarded al-Qaeda suspects. Senate Democrats demanded a criminal investigation; the White House refused to give an inch, insisting the president is free to authorize the Torquemada-approved technique.

Who Is Maggie Williams?

| Posted 02.10.2008 | Politics

The announcement that Maggie Williams just became Hillary Clinton's new campaign manager sent me back to a column I wrote about her over ten years ago.

End of a Romance: Why the Media and Independent Voters Need to Break Up with John McCain

| Posted 02.11.2008 | Politics

I hate to be the one to break up a love affair, but I can no longer stand idly by and watch the media and independent voters continue to throw themselves at the feet of John McCain.

John McCain Sells His Soul to the Right: Backs Off on Torture Ban

| Posted 02.14.2008 | Politics

John McCain's unconscionable capitulation on torture -- a desperate attempt to win over the lunatic fringe that is running the GOP -- should drive a stake through the heart of the McCain-as-straight-talker meme once and for all. Read More End of a Romance: Why the Media and Independent Voters Need to Break Up with John McCain McCain is essentially running to give America a third Bush term -- and, indeed, will even out-Bush Bush when it comes to staying the disastrous course we're on in Iraq. If you think the problem with the United States is that we haven't given Bush enough time to finish his agenda, then John McCain is your man. Read More Who Is Maggie Williams?

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 02.16.2008 | Politics

This week, longtime torture foe - and longtime forced resident of the Hanoi Hilton -- John McCain jettisoned his principles in pursuit of the presidency and voted against a bill banning torture. A day later, Mitt Romney, who famously boasted that he wanted to "double Guantanamo," jettisoned the venom he'd been spewing at McCain for months and offered him his endorsement. Suddenly brothers in broken arms. Romney, who less than three weeks ago was branding McCain "dishonest" and "a liberal Democrat," now hailed him as "a true American hero" and "the next president." It's amazing how fast campaign trail slugs turn into hugs in the name of party unity -- and a prime speaking slot at the national convention. And candidates wonder why voters have grown cynical?

The Right Strengthens its Hold on McCain, the Media Refuse to Notice

| Posted 02.18.2008 | Politics

Let's see, McCain has bowed to the party's lunatic fringe on tax cuts, immigration, the intolerance of religious bigots, and torture...so exactly how is he reinventing what it means to be a Republican?

What This Year's Oscar Race is Telling John McCain

| Posted 02.23.2008 | Politics

Given the week he's just had, you have to figure John McCain is looking for a story -- any story -- to come along and take the media spotlight off him. And what better distraction than America's favorite celebrity engorge-athon, the Academy Awards?

Clinton, Obama And The Belief In The Magic Power Of Words

| Posted 02.25.2008 | Politics

Hillary Clinton's new favorite line of attack against Barack Obama is her charge that Obama is little more than a shallow speechifier -- he believes that words are all you need to lead.

Microtrends vs Macrotrends: Why Obama is Winning

| Posted 02.28.2008 | Politics

Mark Penn and the Clintons devised policies and personas only to watch dumbfounded as their microtrend sandcastles were washed away by the macrotrend tidal wave of the Obama campaign.