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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 08/2009

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.01.2009 | Huffington Post

This week, the House unanimously approved a resolution recognizing that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. You'd hope that would signal an end to the birther virus infecting the GOP -- but just a day later Roy Blunt, the former Minority Whip and current Senate candidate, called Obama's place of birth "a legitimate question." It's time for these folks to put up or shut up. Show me a Kenyan birth certificate, Lou Dobbs, or zip it. Also this week, the NFL reinstated dog-killing quarterback Michael Vick, leaving sports fans to ponder which team might sign him. Probably best to avoid those with an animal mascot. The Saints wouldn't be a good fit either. He should stick with a team like the Giants or Steelers or Vikings. Why go looking for trouble?

New Rule: Bill Maher Must Win an Emmy!

| Posted 08.03.2009 | Huffington Post

It's time to get it together and honor a man who week in and week out presides over one the best places on television to find edgy, unapologetic, and laugh-til-it-hurts political and social commentary, rooted in deep conviction. I would be saying exactly the same thing if Bill and I hadn't been friends for over 15 years. But I'm sure glad that we have.

Remember That Whole Thing About Fixing Our Financial System?

| Posted 08.06.2009 | Business

"Everybody understands," Geithner said on This Week, "that we cannot have our financial system go back to the practices that brought this economy to the brink of collapse." The problem is, it already has.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.09.2009 | Politics

This week, Paula Abdul's Idol journey ended, Sonia Sotomayor's SCOTUS journey officially began, Michael Jackson moved closer to posthumously setting a new record for most autopsies, and Bill Clinton added another line to his resume: superstar envoy. In the battle for the most cringe-inducing quote of the week, Ryan O'Neal staked his claim to the title with his admission that he hit on his daughter, Tatum, at ex-wife Farrah Fawcett's funeral, while George Bush scored major points with his 2003 assertion, newly revealed by French President Jacques Chirac, that he wanted to invade Iraq to thwart Gog and Magog, the Bible's satanic agents of the Apocalypse. Filled with libidinous fervor, O'Neal wanted to bed his kid. Filled with religious fervor, Bush ended up screwing us all.

Is Health Care Reform About to Go the Way of No Child Left Behind?

| Posted 08.10.2009 | Politics

The White House may be willing to cave on drug price negotiations and having a public option. Giving us health care reform without those key ingredients is like serving a PBJ sandwich without the peanut butter or the jelly.

Help Us Pick the HuffPost Game Changers: 100 People Who Are Using New Media to Change the World

| Posted 08.13.2009 | Media

We are launching the HuffPost Game Changers awards to honor 100 people who are using new media to reshape their fields and change the world in ten categories: Politics, Entertainment, Technology, Media, Sports, Business, Style, Health, Green, Philanthropy

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.16.2009 | Politics

This week, the health care debate journeyed through the looking glass. Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance committee, embraced the death panel myth, telling a crowd in his home state that they were correct to be worried about the government deciding to "pull the plug on grandma." Noted medical expert Chuck Norris also weighed in, sounding the alarm about "government agents coming into your home and telling you how to parent your children" and encouraging abortions. And Investors Business Daily claimed that physically disabled scientist Stephen Hawking would have had his life cut short by the government-run British health care system if he lived in England. Which, in fact, he does. And always has. Who needs details when there are town hall discussions to disrupt -- or bring a gun to?

Your HuffPost Experience Is About to Get A Lot More Social!

| Posted 08.17.2009 | Huffington Post

I'm excited to announce the launch of HuffPost Social News -- a collaboration with Facebook that connects HuffPost users to their Facebook friends, the news they are reading, and the stories they are commenting on.

Killer Apps and Cool Gadgets: Take HuffPost With You Wherever You Go

| Posted 08.20.2009 | Media

Our tech team has created a very cool gadget that allows iGoogle users to keep up with the Huffington Post at a glance. READ MORE Your HuffPost Experience Is About to Get A Lot More Social! I'm excited to announce the launch of HuffPost Social News, which connects HuffPost users to their friends, the news they are reading, and the stories they are commenting on. READ MORE Watch: Arianna Discusses Obama's Leadership on Charlie Rose Watch: Arianna: The White House Must Draw Line in the Sand on Health Care Watch: Arianna Discusses GOP Health Care Fearmongering on Countdown

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.23.2009 | Politics

Least surprising news item of the week: former Department of Homeland Security director Tom Ridge's admission that he was pressured to raise the terror alert at the end of the 2004 campaign to help Bush win re-election. In his new book, Ridge says he felt the politically motivated manipulation was worth resigning over. But, of course, he didn't, saying nothing and staying on until after Bush won. Ridge thus joins the long line of key Bush administration officials who only come clean when it's time to cash in on their "honesty." Elsewhere, Bernie Madoff's mistress warmed the hearts of Freudians everywhere with her revelation that the famous felon "had a very small penis. Not only was it on the short side, it was small in circumference." Is that why he needed to sport the biggest Ponzi in history?

Lessons in Leadership: Why Obama Needs to Brush Up on His FDR

| Posted 08.24.2009 | Politics

The president, though a dedicated student of history, has failed to learn the lesson of our nation's most significant political confrontations.

Ted Kennedy and the Missing National Conversation

| Posted 08.26.2009 | Huffington Post

For over four decades, Kennedy gave voice to the voiceless, refusing to let us forget about their plight. As our economic crisis threatens to turn the American Dream into a living nightmare for millions of our citizens, there is a newfound urgency to Kennedy's message. READ MORE

Lessons in Leadership: Why Obama Needs to Brush Up on His FDR President Obama, though a dedicated student of history, has failed to learn the lesson of our nation's most significant political confrontations: they've required single-minded determination and the willingness to battle entrenched opponents until the fight was won. READ MORE

Watch: Arianna Discusses Ted Kennedy's Legacy and His Impact on Health Care Reform on The Ed Show

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.29.2009 | Politics

Much has been said this week about Sen. Ted Kennedy. About his life, his legislative legacy, and what effect his death could have on the passage of health care reform. Sadly, it's not going to make it any easier. We are not talking about naming a bridge after him but about milestone legislation. And even the death of a major political figure whose cause this was is not going to make the insurance companies, the drug companies, or a single GOP colleague of Kennedy's suddenly see the light. It just doesn't work that way. The best proponents of real reform can hope for is that Kennedy's death will turn the debate away from the lies, misconceptions, and petty squabbling, and back to the millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet who were always Ted Kennedy's prime focus.

Has Obama's Handling of the Bank Bailout Undermined Health Care Reform?

| Posted 08.31.2009 | Politics

If we don't learn from the botched bank bailout, we are in danger of getting the same patchwork, reform-in-name-only outcome on health care.