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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 06/2009

Will the Fight Over Gay Marriage Be the End of Right vs. Left Thinking?

| Posted 06.01.2009 | Politics

Not that long ago, gay marriage was a dependable wedge issue Republicans could use to keep its base in line. But now that wedge is clearly splintering.

When Will Dick Cheney's Tower of Lies Finally Come Tumbling Down on Him?

| Posted 06.02.2009 | Politics

As recently as two weeks ago, Cheney was still banging the drum about Saddam's "known ties to Mideast terrorists." His ongoing Forget Everything I Ever Told You Tour is historical revisionism at its most despicable.

What I Learned About Dave Matthews, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Rania, Al Gore, and Myself By Checking Out the iGoogle Showcase

| Posted 06.03.2009 | Media

Dave Matthews loves to look at photographs of monkeys. Rachael Ray is a huge movie buff. Ashton Kutcher is a terrible speller. Queen Rania is crazy about Twitter. How do I know all this? I just finished surfing around Google's new iGoogle Showcase, a feature that allows you to check out the favorite gadgets of people from the worlds of entertainment, media, business, and more -- including me. You won't be surprised to learn that my top pick is the HuffPost gadget. But it's not just because it's my baby. Our tech team worked closely with Google to create a gadget that gives users a terrific feel for our fast-paced, constantly-refreshing, interactive approach to delivering news and opinion. It's a great way to keep up with the Huffington Post at a glance.

Wanted: Five Words to Say at the Webby Awards

| Posted 06.05.2009 | Media

Monday night in New York, HuffPost will receive two Webby Awards. As always, award winners only get five words for their acceptance speeches, and I would love to get your input again this year.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.06.2009 | Huffington Post

Listening to Liz Cheney falsely suggest that President Obama wants to deal with terrorists by "hand-holding," and falsely insist that her father never suggested there was a link between 9/11 and Iraq made me wish that TV execs were planning to do a political version of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! I'd much rather see Cheney put a tarantula in her mouth (a la Patti Blagojevich) than continually sticking her foot there. She could be joined in the jungle by fellow foot muncher Sen. Jeff Sessions, who demonstrated the value of empathy when he showed none, reacting to the tears of a 12-year old boy whose mother is facing deportation by saying, "Enough with the histrionics." And there is still time to suggest the 5-word acceptance speech I should give at tomorrow's Webby Awards.

Five Word Webby Speech: Coming Down to the Wire

| Posted 06.08.2009 | Media

On Friday, I asked for suggestions for the 5-word acceptance speech I should give at tonight's Webby Awards. Your response has been tremendous: over 1,000 suggestions so far. We are still debating which one I should use. Click here to see our favorites. Let me know which one you prefer -- or, if you think you can do better, add a new suggestion of your own. This will be a game-time decision!

The Webbys: What I Saw, What I Said

| Posted 06.09.2009 | Media

Lots of memorable moments at this year's Webby Awards. It was great having some of our HuffPost Politics team make the trip up from DC to celebrate our wins as Best Politics Site and Best Political Blog. I particularly enjoyed the way the organizers of the event paired people from the new media with people from the traditional media -- concluding with Martha Stewart presenting the Breakout of the Year award to Twitter cofounder Biz Stone (his five word acceptance speech: "Creativity is a renewable resource"). As for my five-word speech, I ended up going with: "I didn't kill newspapers...okay?" READ MORE I'll be guest hosting CNBC's Squawk Box Wednesday morning 7-9 am EDT, and will be interviewing Nassim Taleb, Jim Grant, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis). I'd love to have your help deciding what to ask them. Please post your suggested questions in the comments section.

All for Good: A New "Craigslist for Service"

| Posted 06.12.2009 | Healthy Living

A group of individuals, inspired by President Obama's vow to make service a "a central cause" of his presidency, have banded together to create a new website that aims to become a craigslist for service. It's called All For Good.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.14.2009 | Huffington Post

This week, Congress voted to allow the FDA to strictly regulate cigarettes. But I won't be writing an obituary for Big Tobacco just yet. It has proven to be remarkably resilient. Just think, it's been 50 years since smoking was linked to cancer -- and we're only now getting around to regulating a product that kills over 400,000 people a year. Indeed, until now, cigarettes have been less regulated than pet food or makeup. Funny, I've never heard of anyone getting sick from secondhand eyeliner. Cigarettes are the Energizer Bunny of deadly products: they keep killing and killing and killing... Elsewhere, Kate Gosselin nailed down the Worst Mother of the Year award with the most disturbing use of water as torture since Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's 183 "sessions."

Whistling Past the Economic Graveyard: The Audacity of Misplaced Hope

| Posted 06.15.2009 | Business

The latest stock market bubble has undermined the urgent push for reform, which seems to have given way in Washington to a push to move on to other things and leave that little financial kerfuffle behind us. It puts a whole other spin on the audacity of hope. READ MORE Mission Shrink: We've Gone From Saving Wall Street in Order to Save Main Street to Just Saving Wall Street The problem continues to be the administration's habit of conflating the health of the Wall Street economy with the health of the real economy -- when, in fact, the two economies have become decoupled. READ MORE WATCH: Arianna Discusses Events in Iran, Obama's Agenda on Larry King Live WATCH: Arianna Discusses America's Response to Iran on The Situation Room

Mission Shrink: We've Gone From Saving Wall Street in Order to Save Main Street to Just Saving Wall Street

| Posted 06.18.2009 | Business

The problem continues to be the administration's habit of conflating the health of the Wall Street economy with the health of the real economy -- when, in fact, the two economies have become decoupled.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.21.2009 | Huffington Post

This week's events in Iran have been a defining moment for new media. The people tweeting from demonstrations and uploading video of bloody violence taken with their camera phones have been able to tell a powerful story, in real-time, and circumvent the efforts of the mullahs to control the media and the flow of information. Social networking, often derided as the public preening of people with too much time on their hands, has been transformed into an indispensable tool for organizing and keeping the world informed. You know that journalism's tectonic plates have shifted when the State Department is asking Twitter to postpone shutting down for scheduled repairs so that the on-the-ground citizen reporting coming out of Iran could continue uninterrupted. And happy Father's Day to all our HuffPost Dads!

New York, New York, It's a Helluva Town... And Gets Its Own Section: Introducing HuffPost New York

| Posted 06.22.2009 | New York

New York, New York, it's a helluva town... so we've launched HuffPost New York. New York has always held a special place in the heart of HuffPosters. It definitely has for me. It was the first place in America I lived in after moving here from London in 1980. HuffPost New York features our curated selection of the best New York news coverage, plus a collection of bloggers eager to share their takes on everything from local politics to the city's fashion, food, entertainment, and sports. And, in an effort to bring you all the great local journalism going on in New York, we've formed partnerships with more than a dozen local outlets offering the best on-the-ground and in-the-boroughs reporting happening around town. So check out HuffPost New York and let us know what you think.

Media Playground: Obama Calls on HuffPost, Michael Calderone Pouts, Ben Smith Calls Us Names, Dana Milbank Gets His Facts All Wrong

| Posted 06.23.2009 | Media

This was an exciting moment for new media and citizen engagement. It's a pity so many in the traditional media didn't get it. READ MORE Lobbyists on a Roll: Gutting Reform on Banking, Energy, and Health Care Remember all that change Americans voted for in November? Well, there's been a change in the plans for change. The detour has come courtesy of a familiar nemesis: DC lobbyists. READ MORE New York, New York, It's a Helluva Town... And Gets Its Own Section: Introducing HuffPost New York HuffPost New York brings you the best New York news coverage, plus a collection of bloggers eager to share their takes on everything from local politics to the city's fashion, food, and entertainment. READ MORE

Lobbyists on a Roll: Gutting Reform on Banking, Energy, and Health Care

| Posted 06.25.2009 | Politics

Remember all that change Americans voted for in November? Well, there's been a change in the plans for change. The detour has come courtesy of a familiar nemesis: DC lobbyists.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.27.2009 | Huffington Post

This week saw coverage of the Iran revolution overtaken by coverage of the Argentina revelation. It was at once utterly familiar (GOP family values hypocrite hoisted on his own, uh, petard) and utterly unique ("Appalachian Trail," "tan lines," and "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" jokes will never be the same). Sanford's TMI press conference, in which he repeatedly spoke of the role his heart played in things, was the most disheartening use of that vital organ since Woody Allen tried to explain away his relationship with his lover's daughter by saying, "The heart wants what the heart wants." This week also brought the passing of the King of Pop, Charlie's favorite Angel, and TV's greatest second banana. Rest In Peace.

Katie Couric, Tavis Smiley, Bob Woodward, Nicholas Kristof, and I Hit YouTube with Pointers for Citizen Journalists

| Posted 06.29.2009 | Media

Citizen journalism is rapidly emerging as an invaluable part of delivering the news. That's why I was delighted to accept YouTube's invitation to do a video offering my take on citizen journalism for the site's new Reporters' Center. READ MORE London Diary: Gordon Brown's Obsessions, The Loyal Opposition's Cuddly Karl Rove, Bad Germs, and the Most Unusual Royal Honeymoon Ever I just ended three days in London that were like a cram session in British politics -- ranging from a conversation with Gordon Brown to dinner with Frances and George Osborne, the Tories' shadow chancellor. READ MORE Watch: Arianna on BBC's "Newsnight" Discussing How the Iran Uprising Is Impacting Journalism Watch: Arianna on MSNBC's "Morning Meeting" Discussing The Financial Crisis and the Sentencing of Bernie Madoff