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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 11/2008

Enter The HuffPost Election Forecast Contest

| Posted 11.01.2008 | Politics

Predict the final outcome of the electoral vote, the popular vote, and the party breakdown of the new Senate and House. The winner gets an iPod already loaded with the top songs of the '08 race.

I'm Ready to Declare a Winner in the 2008 Race

| Posted 11.03.2008 | Politics
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Okay, all the arguments have been made. And I am ready to declare a winner in the 2008 race. The Internet. Because this year, the laptop has replaced the television as the must-have election night device.

Obama Wins: Why All Americans Have a Reason to Celebrate

| Posted 11.04.2008 | Politics

Here is a collection of my posts and videos from this historic week: Obama Wins: Why All Americans Have a Reason to Celebrate Watch: Election Night Reactions: Arianna Talks With Norman Lear, Laurie David, Marty Kaplan And Madelaine Lear Tuesday's Second Biggest Winner: Democracy The Winners and Losers of Campaign '08 Watch: Arianna on BBC Newsnight Discussing Obama's Win I'm Ready to Declare a Winner in the 2008 Race: the Internet

The Winners and Losers of Campaign '08

| Posted 11.06.2008 | Politics

Winners: The Davids - Axelrod and Plouffe: they spearheaded a near flawless campaign. Katie Couric: her multi-part interview with Sarah Palin was the turning point in how the country saw Palin -- and by extension John McCain. And she did it in a way that left no room for accusations of being unfair or playing "Gotcha!" Michelle Obama: smarts, grace, style, charm, and a serious "good mommy" vibe -- she's got the whole package. Losers: Joe Lieberman: failed to deliver Democrats, independents, or Jews. And on the way to losing his committee chairmanships. Liddy Dole: her "Godless" ad will be taught in What Not To Do poli sci classes for a century. Joe the Plumber: the clock just hit 15 minutes, and the wakeup call will not be pleasant.

Tuesday's Second Biggest Winner: Democracy

| Posted 11.07.2008 | Politics

We are witnessing a tremendous ideological shift among young voters -- one that could reshape our politics for decades to come.

An Amazing, Historic Week

| Posted 11.08.2008 | Politics

Here is a collection of my posts and videos from this amazing, historic week: Obama Wins: Why All Americans Have a Reason to Celebrate Watch: Election Night Reactions: Arianna Talks With Norman Lear, Laurie David, Marty Kaplan And Madelaine Lear Tuesday's Second Biggest Winner: Democracy The Winners and Losers of Campaign '08 Watch: Arianna on BBC Newsnight Discussing Obama's Win I'm Ready to Declare a Winner in the 2008 Race: the Internet

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 11.08.2008 | Politics

In the wake of Obama's overwhelming victory, and Democratic gains in the House and Senate, conservatives are desperately trying to convince the world that these results are meaningless. "Democrats should not make the mistake of viewing Tuesday's results as a repudiation of conservatism," insisted John Boehner. "Barack Obama understands this is a center-right country," claimed Karl Rove. "This country remains every bit as center-right as it has for a generation," parroted Brent Bozell. And David Brooks dreamed of an Obama administration that understands "this was an election where the middle asserted itself." Drunk on self-delusion, a staggering GOP whistles past the electoral graveyard, missing the whole point of this election: the center has shifted, and positions that used to be considered left-wing -- on healthcare, on global warming, on corporate responsibility, on Iraq -- are now solidly mainstream.

Can Obama Pull Off a Historic Presidential Double Play?

| Posted 11.10.2008 | Politics

''On or about December 1910," Virginia Woolf wrote, "human character changed.'' We can be much more specific: "On November 4, 2008, just after 11 pm Eastern, America changed" (human character remains rather intransigent). Read More Watch Arianna On Rachel Maddow Discussing The State Of The GOP Watch Arianna, Gavin Newsom and Joe Trippi at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco While Paulson Waffles, the White House Dawdles, and Congress Dithers, the Economy Continues to Burn Brainstorm Alert: I'm going to be guest hosting for Rachel Maddow on Monday and I'd love your suggestions about which topics you like to hear discussed - and which guests you'd like to hear from. Please put your suggestions in the comments section and I'll take them to Bill Wolff, her producer, and the rest of the team.

While Paulson Waffles, the White House Dawdles, and Congress Dithers, the Economy Continues to Burn.

| Posted 11.13.2008 | Politics

So, $290 billion into his bailout plan, Hank Paulson is calling for a do-over. Now there is a confidence booster -- it shows just how uncertain Washington is about how to keep the economy from imploding.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 11.15.2008 | Healthy Living

My favorite story of the week was the news that Michelle Obama's mother will be coming to live with the first family in the White House -- there to help Malia and Sasha make the transition to a new school, new friends, and the presidential spotlight. As my own mother lived with us -- a soulful presence in my daughters' lives -- I know firsthand there is nothing like a Yaya (Greek for grandmother). "First Granny" Marian Robinson's White House move provides a powerful teachable moment for America, offering the perfect solution to both our nation's child care crisis, and the cultural black mark of abandoning our seniors in old age homes. You've been sending great suggestions for issues and guests for Rachel Maddow's show, which I'm guest hosting on Monday. Please keep submitting them in the comments section.

Guest Hosting for Rachel Maddow Tonight: the Lineup is Coming Together

| Posted 11.17.2008 | Media

Thank you for all of your great suggestions for tonight's Rachel Maddow show, which I'll be guest hosting. They've been incredible and, as you can see from tonight's lineup, we've listened: Google CEO Eric Schmidt will join me to discuss the ways Obama can harness the Internet to make his administration more effective. Bill Maher will discuss the day's top stories. Newark mayor Cory Booker will weigh in on the impact the economic crisis is having on America's inner cities. And FiveThirtyEight.com's Nate Silver will crunch the latest numbers in the still-pending Senate races. Click here for some real time video of me behind-the-scenes at the show -- and be sure to tune in tonight at 9 pm on MSNBC.

Obama's Call to Service Meets the Economic Meltdown

| Posted 11.19.2008 | Politics

With Americans facing economic challenges unlike any in our lifetime, will Obama's high-tech outreach become a hub for civic action?

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 11.22.2008 | Politics

This week was filled with talk of presidential pardons. Remember Marc Rich? He's baaaack -- with his pardon arising as a possible obstacle to Eric Holder's confirmation. Meanwhile, Bush has received 658 pardon applications in the last 13 months, including requests from Michael Milken, Marion Jones, and "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh. Conrad Black wants in on the pardon party; so does Scooter Libby (apparently the commutation just wasn't enough). Bush has been very tightfisted with pardons, granting fewer than any modern president. But speculation is rampant that he might be willing to preemptively pardon the main players on his "torture team," including Cheney, Rummy, Addington, and Yoo. And maybe himself, too? Finally, Sarah Palin pardoned a Thanksgiving turkey in Alaska but was oblivious to the fate of its doomed buddies (don't miss the video). Watch Arianna on ABC's This Week, along with David Brooks, George Will, and Robert Kuttner.

Hillary + Obama = High Drama

| Posted 11.24.2008 | Politics

Hillary's appointment isn't even official, but the Obama/Clinton narrative has already left the realm of politics. Its twists, turns, shadings, and complex emotions are the stuff of literature.

Thanksgiving '08: Teachable Moments on the Menu

| Posted 11.27.2008 | Politics

Happy Thanksgiving. Even in these economically hard times, there is much to be grateful for as we mark the end of America's Dark Ages and begin a new era. I'm particularly thankful for all the non-political teachable moments we are getting from the Obamas: It's not worth holding a grudge (see asking Hillary to be Secretary of State). There is no one better to help you raise your kids than grandma (see asking "First Granny" Marion Robinson to move into the White House to help Malia and Sasha adjust to life in DC). No matter what they throw at you, stay calm, centered, and collected (see "Muslim," "Socialist," "palling around with terrorists"). All great lessons to bring home with us this Thanksgiving holiday.

Sandwich Day Posts: No Leftovers Her

| Posted 11.28.2008 | Huffington Post

Happy Sandwich Day -- aka the Day After Thanksgiving. As you prepare your leftover turkey sandwiches, our HuffPost bloggers have fresh food for thought: their takes on what we have to be grateful for, and where we can do better. In the meantime, we can't let the moment pass without mentioning the week's biggest turkey: Hank Paulson who, in yet another abrupt about-face, suddenly can't give away taxpayers' money fast enough. Now he wants another $800 billion on top of the original $700 billion. All doled out with an utter lack of clarity, transparency, and the promised oversight. It's a bailout feast for Wall Street; a trip to the food bank for Main Street. Gobble, gobble, Hank.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 11.29.2008 | Politics

A dark cloud hung over this Thanksgiving week. The protracted horrors of Mumbai dominated the headlines. Getting less attention was the growing pain here at home, as food banks and charitable organizations across the country reported having to turn away thousands in need of a meal. A ray of hope amidst the gloom could be found watching CNN's Heroes, honoring everyday people accomplishing extraordinary things in their communities and beyond (watch it again tonight at 8 pm ET). How great to salute them in the same way we do Oscar winners (and reward them with much-needed cash). We'll need millions of heroes like those spotlighted on the show to deal with the lean years ahead. There isn't a stimulus package big enough to address the crisis without Americans making service an essential part of our lives.