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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 08/2008

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.03.2008 | Politics

In the wake of Sen. Ted Stevens' indictment, his GOP colleagues quickly began distancing themselves from the stink by dumping campaign contributions Stevens had doled out through his PAC. Among those playing "Take Back the Money" were Mitch McConnell, Elizabeth Dole, and John McCain. We've seen this game before, when politicians scrambled to rid themselves of donations from Enron and Jack Abramoff. Indeed, Dole has now won the Tainted Money Triple Crown, having divested herself of money from all three. The beauty of this D.C. dance is that it is always accompanied by insistent claims that political contributions have absolutely no impact. But no one ever explains why, if the money doesn't buy influence, there is such a rush to return it. Perhaps the answer can be found on Stevens' Bridge to Nowhere.

Swing Vote: What It Tells Us About the '08 Race, and Why Obama Needs to Put Kevin Costner on His iPod

| Posted 08.04.2008 | Politics

The makers of Swing Vote have pulled off a rare double play, producing a smart political satire that is also heartfelt and moving. It's also a film that turns out to be remarkably relevant to the 2008 race. Read More John McCain, Paris Hilton, and the Politics of Nothing The McCain camp knows that the only way they can win the election is to turn it into a carnival sideshow. If this is where they have taken the political discourse in early August, what have they got for us come October? Read More Watch: Arianna Discusses HuffPost's Coverage Of The Edwards Affair On CNN Watch: Arianna on Larry King Discussing the Economy and the Campaign

John McCain, Paris Hilton, and the Politics of Nothing

| Posted 08.06.2008 | Politics

The McCain camp knows that the only way they can win the election is to turn it into a carnival sideshow. If this is where they have taken the political discourse in early August, what have they got for us come October?

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.09.2008 | Politics

This week brought us the latest twists in the John Edwards infidelity story -- a story with many inconsistencies, which HuffPost began to explore last September. Edwards told ABC that he will have no more to say on the matter, but so many loose ends remain -- the incomplete birth certificate, the money paid to Edwards' mistress by his campaign's finance chairman, that blurry pic of Edwards and the baby he claims isn't his -- that more revelations seem inevitable. I've long pushed for a giant border fence separating public life and private lives. But the issue here wasn't Edwards' infidelity, it was his lying directly to the American people. The last thing we need is a sexual purity test for our politicians, but we desperately need political leaders whose word we can trust.

Obama's Vacation Assignment: Prepping to Make the Case that McCain Isn't "Ready to Lead" on National Security

| Posted 08.11.2008 | Politics

Voters trust McCain on the war on terror; Obama needs to show them every day why they shouldn't.

HuffPost Goes Local: Introducing HuffPost Chicago

| Posted 08.14.2008 | Media

We have rolled out our first local version of The Huffington Post. HuffPost Chicago is part local news source, part resource guide, and part virtual soap box -- featuring a collection of bloggers who know and love Chicago, and are looking to share their takes on everything from the Cubs to City Hall to the hot new local band to the best place for Greek food (and I can testify that there is a lot of that in Chicago!).

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.16.2008 | Huffington Post

This week, Michael Phelps lived up to the hype; the Bigfoot hunters did not. Ernest Borgnine came clean; underage Chinese gymnast He Kexin did not. Victoria Osteen was exonerated; Jerome Corsi was not. Joe Klein proved he knows "trash," "swill," and "slow-acting spiritual poison" when he sees them; Mary Matalin did not. Mental disability advocates had a problem with Tropic Thunder; critics and audiences did not. Barack and Hillary showed they can make peace; Russia and Georgia... well, stay tuned. And if you haven't seen HuffPost Chicago, our first local edition, check it out here.

It's a Three-Man Race: Obama vs The Two McCains

| Posted 08.18.2008 | Politics

We all thought it was down to a two-man field. Obama vs. McCain. But it's turned out to be a three-man race: Obama vs the Old, Honorable McCain and his political doppelganger the New, Unprincipled McCain.

HuffPost's Oasis: The Place to Unplug and Recharge at the DNC

| Posted 08.20.2008 | Healthy Living

Ever since I passed out from exhaustion, broke my cheekbone and got five stitches over my eye a year ago, I've become an evangelist for the need to occasionally disconnect from our always-connected lives. READ MORE HuffPost's DNC Panel: Game Change -- How the New Media Are Impacting the '08 Race To explore the brave new world of broadband politics, HuffPost is hosting a discussion this Tuesday during the Democratic National Convention. READ MORE HuffPost's Retooled Living Section: a User's Manual for Living a Balanced Life HuffPost Living is now more focused on all the ways we can take care of ourselves and lead more balanced, centered lives while at the same time making a difference in the world. READ MORE It's a Three-Man Race: Obama vs The Two McCains

HuffPost's DNC Panel: Game Change -- How the New Media Are Impacting the '08 Race

| Posted 08.22.2008 | Media

Tech advances -- and the new media they've made possible -- have had a game-changing effect on the political world. To explore this brave new world of broadband politics and political coverage, HuffPost is hosting a discussion during the Democratic National Convention.

HuffPost's Retooled Living Section: a User's Manual for Living a Balanced Life

| Posted 08.22.2008 | Healthy Living

Welcome to the newly retooled Living section. Take a look around. You'll notice that all the great articles on fashion, food, sex, and the hottest trends have been spun off into their own Style section. Living is now more focused on all the ways we can take care of ourselves and lead more balanced, centered lives while at the same time making a difference in the world. So we'll be bringing you the best news and opinion on the subjects you've told us you are most interested in, including health, relationships, diet and exercise, spiritual awareness, philanthropy, meditation -- and generally finding more meaning in our lives. And, as always, we want your feedback...

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.23.2008 | Politics

r u awke??? The Obama camp clearly has a sense of humor. Not only did it start sending out its text message announcement about Biden at, that's right, 3 a.m., there is also something delicious about using this truncated form of communication to disclose the selection of one of the most garrulous politicians in history. He's also "articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." And a very good pick, especially given the urgent need to put an end to McCain's perceived strength on national security. Expect to see "Kinnock," "Anita Hill," and "Dunkin' Donuts" spike on Google Trends. The DNC starts tomorrow, and HuffPost is hosting a discussion on New Media, and also offering harried conventioneers a place to unplug and recharge at The Oasis.

McCain vs Biden: Not All "Foreign Policy Experience" Is Created Equal

| Posted 08.25.2008 | Politics

The past seven-plus years have shown us that "foreign policy experience," in and of itself, isn't all it's cracked up to be. For Exhibit A of this look no further than George Bush's most "experienced" foreign policy advisor: Dick Cheney. How's that working out?

DNC Diary: Rocking in the Great Outdoors, Michelle Preview, and Unplugging and Recharging at the Oasis

| Posted 08.25.2008 | Healthy Living

This morning I had breakfast with Valerie Jarrett, Michelle and Barack Obama's close friend and a senior advisor on the campaign. She'd flown in yesterday with Michelle and the kids and heard her practice her speech -- which she described as very personal and very emotional. The introductory video is narrated by Michelle's mother, who Valerie says regularly pinches herself and says, "I can't believe that's my little girl." Meanwhile, the HuffPost Oasis has become a must-visit destination for harried conventioneers. When I left the Oasis this afternoon, one high-powered magazine editor was slumping contentedly on the coach. "I've gotten two massages and taken an incredible yoga class," he said. "I can't seem to leave the Oasis." He's not the only one.

DNC Diary: Michelle, Michelle, Michelle

| Posted 08.26.2008 | Politics

Michelle's speech was a home run. Emotional, heartfelt, and very authentic. On a night where Ted Kennedy passed the Democratic Party's moral baton, Michelle picked it up and ran with it.

DNC Diary: will.i.am Rocks the HuffPost Media Panel

| Posted 08.26.2008 | Media

Here's my collection of snapshots from convention week: Watch: Arianna Gives the LA Times a Tour of the HuffPost Oasis will.i.am Rocks the HuffPost Media Panel On National Security Night, Clinton Keeps His Gun Holstered and Biden Fires Away Rocking in the Great Outdoors, Unplugging and Recharging at the Oasis Watch: MobLogic Asks Arianna if America's Ready to Elect a Black President Michelle, Michelle, Michelle

On National Security Night, Clinton Keeps His Gun Holstered and Biden Fires Away

| Posted 08.28.2008 | Politics

National security rated only passing mentions -- broad generalities when specifics were called for. This despite the fact that the Bush years have given us so many tragic specifics to remind the American people of.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.30.2008 | Politics

Picking Sarah Palin was clearly a Hail Mary pass. But the McCain campaign is tapping into an archetype that resonates deep in the human psyche. That of the unknown innocent plucked from obscurity and magnificently rising to the challenge. Hollywood has long recognized the appeal of this fantasy. Think Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, A Face in the Crowd, Dave, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. So in questioning Palin, it's not enough for Democrats to mock the smallness of Wasilla, Alaska or shout, "it's insulting," "it's ridiculous," "it's pathetic." They must make the case that given the gulf between the crises we face and her capacity to handle them, this is a truly dangerous choice. Forget Dan Quayle. Palin is more Harriet Miers -- chosen for all the wrong reasons, and glaringly not up to the task. Maybe an anxious nation can offer John McCain a do-over.