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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 07/2009

London Diary: Gordon Brown's Obsessions, The Loyal Opposition's Cuddly Karl Rove, Bad Germs, and the Most Unusual Royal Honeymoon Ever

| Posted 07.02.2009 | World

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.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.05.2009 | Huffington Post

The GOP's Runnin' Off the Rails tour continued this week with Sarah Palin announcing she will resign, Mark Sanford admitting he "crossed lines" with multiple women (while providing an instant new slang term for sex: "crossing the ultimate line"), James Inhofe welcoming Al Franken to the Senate by saying, "We are going to get the clown from Minnesota," and John Boehner spending an hour on the House floor reading aloud portions of the landmark climate-change bill he labeled "a piece of shit." Also this week, U.S. troops in Iraq were finally cause for celebration, fireworks, and dancing in the streets of Baghdad. It turns out it was not our arrival in Iraq that was greeted with flowers and sweets but our departure. It's an agonizing lesson learned six years, $1 trillion, and 4,321 U.S. deaths too late.

Vacationing with My Ex

| Posted 07.06.2009 | Healthy Living

My ex-husband and I recently celebrated our 12th anniversary. That's how long we've been divorced -- one year longer than we were married.

Keeping the Spotlight on Lobbying Outrages and Economic Hard Times

| Posted 07.09.2009 | Business

News stories about lobbyists undermining reform tend to pop up, make our blood pressure rise, then quickly drop off the media radar until the next outrage grabs our attention. Which is why we have launched HuffPost's LobbyBlog, an ongoing, consistently refreshed, collection of the latest information on lobbying, lobbyists, and the tragic impact they are having on our lives.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.11.2009 | Huffington Post

This week brought us Rahm Emanuel floating the forget-the-public-option balloon. It landed with a thud -- and President Obama had to walk back his chief of staff's statement all the way from Russia (Sarah Palin could see the walk-back from her porch). We also saw Harry Reid telling health care roadblock Max Baucus to stop chasing GOP votes on health care -- and Baucus, whose office has been a breeding ground for health care industry lobbyists, ignoring him. The Democrats' handling of the health care battle continues to confound. Elsewhere, 11-year-old Paris Michael Jackson delivered the quote of the week when she stepped to the memorial mic and declared: "Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just wanted to say I love him so much."

Bearing Witness 2.0: You Can't Spin 10,000 Tweets and Camera Phone Uploads

| Posted 07.13.2009 | Media

When deadly riots broke out in China last week, the Chinese government sprang into message control mode. It choked off the Internet, blocked Twitter, and deleted updates and videos from social networking sites. At the same time, it invited foreign journalists to take a tour of the area. The Chinese have clearly learned the lessons of Iran. READ MORE Shattering the Right vs. Left Prism Once Again: The Wall Street Journal Goes After Goldman and the Bank Bailout Even the capitalist Bible is taking shots at Wall Street darling Goldman Sachs. We've now reached the point where the only people defending the administration's Wall Street policies are the people benefiting from them -- or their good friends, Tim Geithner and Larry Summers. READ MORE

Shattering the Right vs. Left Prism Once Again: The Wall Street Journal Goes After Goldman and the Bank Bailout

| Posted 07.15.2009 | Business

We've now reached the point where the only people defending the administration's Wall Street policies are the people benefiting from them -- or their good friends, Tim Geithner and Larry Summers.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.18.2009 | Huffington Post

Following in the hoofsteps of President Bush's 2006 State of the Union call to fight the creation of "human-animal hybrids", Sen. Sam Brownback this week introduced legislation outlawing "part-human, part-animal creatures, which are created in laboratories, and blur the line between species." The bill has 20 co-sponsors, all but one of them -- Mary Landrieu -- Republicans. Minotaurs, centaurs, mermaids, and satyrs everywhere vowed to vote Democrat. No word on whether Michael Steele plans to woo these diverse human-animal populations with a combination of fried-chicken, potato salad, and young men from Athens (reportedly the Minotaur's favorite). Elsewhere, John McCain delivered the most dizzying quote of the week, spinning Sarah Palin's resignation thusly: "I don't think she quit. I think she changed her priorities."

Why Visiting Pompeii Has Me Thinking About the Smoke Billowing Out of Our Economic Mt. Vesuvius

| Posted 07.20.2009 | Business

Before Pompeii was wiped out by a volcanic eruption in 79 A.D., there were warning signs galore. But they were ignored. There is currently plenty of alarming smoke pouring out of our economic Vesuvius. It too is being ignored. READ MORE States Forced to Cut Services to the Bone: The Opportunity Cost of the Bank Bailout Reading about the huge budget cuts almost every state in the country is being forced to make leaves us pondering the opportunity cost of the bank bailout -- what else we could have done with the trillions we spent. The devastation is in the details... READ MORE TiVo Alert: I will be part of Sunday's roundtable panel on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, along with Paul Krugman, George Will, Donna Brazile, and David Brooks. The show airs at different times around the country, so check your local listings.

States Forced to Cut Services to the Bone: The Opportunity Cost of the Bank Bailout

| Posted 07.23.2009 | Huffington Post

Reading about the huge budget cuts almost every state in the country is being forced to make quickly puts the $4.7 trillion we have pumped into the financial sector into perspective, and leaves us pondering: what else we could have done with that money?

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.25.2009 | Politics

This week, Barack Obama made the mistake of speaking out on Gatesgate before he had all the facts. On national TV. Which is a shame because his larger point -- that there is still much work to be done when it comes to racial discrepancies in our justice system -- has gotten lost in the back and forth about the stupidity of his use of "stupidly." He's tried to make it right with an offer to work things out over a beer at the White House with Officer Crowley and Professor Gates. This has the rare chance to turn into both a teachable moment and a great beer commercial. "Tastes great, less jail filling." But he needs to pick his brew carefully. An import will drive Lou Dobbs crazy. And if he picks a dark beer, we'll get a week's worth of stories on Fox.

More Pigs at the Trough: What Enron and WorldCom Can Teach Us About Goldman and AIG

| Posted 07.28.2009 | Business

In 2003, when I wrote Pigs at the Trough, America's corporate crooks were largely playing with shareholders' money. The new batch of Pigs I cover in the just-released updated version is playing with taxpayer money -- trillions of it.