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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 04/2009

Greening My House: Power Strips, White Light Lamps, Compost Jars, and Logs Made of Coffee Grounds

| Posted 04.01.2009 | Green

After reading Sloan Barnett's book about greening our homes, I decided to take a closer look at mine. Because, these days, "green" means a lot more than making your house energy efficient. READ MORE Announcing the Launch of the Huffington Post Investigative Fund Watch: Arianna Guest Hosts CNBC's Squawk Box Watch: Arianna Discusses Huffington Post's Investigative Journalism Venture on Morning Joe Watch: Arianna On ABC's Top Line Discussing Obama's Debut On The World Stage Watch: Arianna Discusses Michelle Obama's "Fantastic" Style On CBS' Washington Unplugged

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.05.2009 | Politics

In Strasbourg yesterday, the president was asked about American exceptionalism. "I believe in American exceptionalism," he began, "just as I suspect the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism." Leaving aside that we Greeks believe our exceptionalism to be exceptional and exceptionally old, the president's answer was masterful as he went on to talk about America's core set of values, quickly pivoting to the need to recognize "that we're not always going to be right" and "that other people may have good ideas." So basically, yes, we are exceptional -- when we live up to our exceptional values. It's going to take a while to repair America's reputation -- and thus its ability to lead in the world -- but in Europe this week, Obama made an exceptional start.

The Obama Economic Team's Flawed Cosmology: Still Believing the Universe Revolves Around the Banks

| Posted 04.06.2009 | Politics

Discussing the financial crisis with Obama's economic team is like beaming back to the 2nd century and discussing astronomy with Ptolemy. Just as Ptolemy was convinced we live in a geocentric universe, Obama's senior economic team is convinced we live in a bank-centric universe. It's an obsolete cosmology. READ MORE The Debate Over Online News: It's the Consumer, Stupid For me, the key question is whether those of us working in the media embrace and adapt to the radical changes brought about by the Internet or pretend that we can somehow hop into a journalistic Way Back Machine and return to a past that no longer exists. READ MORE Watch: Arianna Debates New Media with AP CEO Tom Curley on Charlie Rose Watch: Arianna Joins David Frum, George Will, Richard Haas, Martha Raddatz on This Week with George Stephanopoulos

The Debate Over Online News: It's the Consumer, Stupid

| Posted 04.09.2009 | Media

For me, the key question is whether those of us working in the media embrace and adapt to the radical changes brought about by the Internet or pretend that we can somehow hop into a journalistic Way Back Machine and return to a past that no longer exists.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.11.2009 | Politics

This week, the Grand Old Party continued its march into madness -- and irrelevancy. Rep. Spencer Bachus pegged the number of Congressional socialists at 17. Rep. Michele Bachmann said she fears the Obama administration will use "volunteerism" to create "re-education camps for young people." Sen. James Inhofe responded to news that Obama plans to increase military spending by $31 billion dollars by claiming the president "is disarming America." And Rick Santorum penned an op-ed accusing Obama of having "disdain for American values." Elsewhere, proving that stupid has no borders, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said the 17,000 survivors of Italy's deadly earthquake "should see it like a weekend of camping" -- a lovely companion to Barbara Bush's memorable observation that Katrina victims housed at a relocation center in Texas "were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them." Happy Easter, HuffPosters.

Here's a Switch: Some Good News About Banking

| Posted 04.13.2009 | Business

While I couldn't disagree more with Time, which this week declared that "the great banking crisis of 2008 is over," there are actually many things going right in the banking industry. Here are a few of them. READ MORE Amid All the Madness, the One Thing That Might Rescue the Republican Party from Political Oblivion The GOP is so devoid of any actual solutions to the many crises we are facing they find themselves grasping at the vaguest hint of a talking point or, failing that, making stuff up out of thin air. READ MORE Watch: Arianna on Countdown Discussing Republican Desperation and the Culture Of Conservative Paranoia

Amid All the Madness, the One Thing That Might Rescue the Republican Party from Political Oblivion

| Posted 04.16.2009 | Politics
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The GOP is so devoid of any actual solutions to the many crises we are facing they find themselves grasping at the vaguest hint of a talking point or, failing that, making stuff up out of thin air.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.18.2009 | Huffington Post

Why has the idea of sensible gun control legislation become so politically radioactive? Not even a recent run of deadly gun rampages (including the shooting deaths of four police officers in Oakland, the gunning down of three policemen in Pittsburgh, and the massacre of 13 people in Binghamton, New York), the second anniversary of Virginia Tech (the worst mass shooting in U.S. history), and the president of Mexico all but pleading for Barack Obama to do something about the tidal wave of bought-in-America assault weapons wreaking bloody havoc on his country have been able to create the political will to reinstate the assault weapons ban. Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of Columbine; what better moment for the president to forget how difficult it would be to take on the NRA, and remember his campaign promise to push for a ban on these killing machines?

My Late Night Visits from the Ghosts of Financial Outrages Past, Present, and Future

| Posted 04.20.2009 | Business

With my younger daughter away, I was looking forward to a quiet night in, curled up in bed with a few dozen pieces on the financial crisis I'd cut out from newspapers and magazines. But instead of reading a few and nodding off, I ended up staying up most of the night, getting more and more outraged with each article I read. These days, the business section is not for the faint of heart. READ MORE The Torture Moment The way we respond to the revelations about the Bush administration's use of torture will define the kind of country we are. It is a test of our courage and our convictions. So far, the media are not getting high marks. They can't seem to shake their addiction to looking at every issue through the archaic prism of right vs. left. READ MORE

The Torture Moment

| Posted 04.23.2009 | Politics

The way we respond to the revelations about the Bush administration's use of torture will define the kind of country we are. It is a test of our courage and our convictions. So far, the media are not getting high marks.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.25.2009 | Huffington Post

Mark it down. The bar has been set. We now have the test by which we judge all actions taken by the leaders of America: Is it worse than burning 120,000 people to death? Call it the Buchanan Hiroshima-Nagasaki Standard. Appearing on Hardball this week to defend the Bush administration's use of torture, Pat Buchanan tried to offer a little perspective: "Is waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed a worse thing than dropping two atomic bombs on people and burning 120,000 people to death? Sending 40,000 more to death by radiation?" I guess he preferred that WWII reference to the one from Paul Begala about us executing Japanese soldiers who waterboarded American POWs. Elsewhere on the torture front, Sean Hannity offered to be waterboarded for charity. A little like one of those charity auctions where celebrities agree to have lunch with the highest bidder. Only with a suffocation appetizer.

Obama's First 100 Days: The Good, the Bad, and the Geithner

| Posted 04.27.2009 | Politics

In almost all his appointments, Obama has demonstrated a desire to receive a wide range of opinion. But at Treasury, the range of opinion goes all the way from Goldman to Sachs. READ MORE Why Are Bankers Still Being Treated As Beltway Royalty? According to Sen. Dick Durbin, banks "are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill." We are truly through the looking glass. Since when did it become "to the vanquished go the spoils"? READ MORE Watch: Arianna Discusses How Dem Senators Screwed Homeowners on Countdown Watch: Arianna Discusses Obama's First 100 Days On Larry King Live Watch: Arianna Joins Katie Couric's Live Webcast To Talk About Obama's First 100 Days

Why Are Bankers Still Being Treated As Beltway Royalty?

| Posted 04.30.2009 | Politics

How do the same banks that have repeatedly come to Washington over the last eight months asking for billions to rescue them from their catastrophic mistakes, somehow still "own the place"?