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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 09/2009

So We Can't Have Single Payer for Health Care, But How About Single Payer for Education?

| Posted 09.03.2009 | Politics

To produce education reform that is reform in more than name only, we need to look past our own political backyards at what might lie on the other side of the mountain. What I see on that other side is a single-payer education system. It's simple, sensible and, above all, just.  READ MORE

Has Obama's Handling of the Bank Bailout Undermined Health Care Reform?   One of the consequences of the one-sided bailout of Wall Street is the way it has undermined public trust in government.  Much of the health care anger is a proxy for bailout anger.  If we don't learn from the botched bailout, we are in danger of getting the same reform-in-name-only outcome on health care. READ MORE

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Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.06.2009 | Huffington Post

The GOP's desperate attempts to demonize President Obama reached new heights this week. Leading the charge was Sen. James Inhofe who, at a town hall meeting, claimed Obama is "obsessed with turning terrorists loose in America." That doozy was topped by the conservative firestorm over the president's upcoming speech to America's school kids, in which he plans to urge kids to work hard. Heaven forbid. (The administration's ill-conceived suggestion that kids write a letter "to themselves about what they can do to help the president" gave the crazies all the opening they needed). The last sitting president to address students across the nation was George H.W. Bush. During that speech, he issued a challenge to "revolutionize American education" and conduct "a crusade for excellence." Can you imagine what Glenn Beck would do with "revolutionize" and "crusade" coming out of Obama's mouth?

Thank You, Glenn Beck!

| Posted 09.07.2009 | Politics

Thank you, Glenn Beck. By helping force the resignation of Van Jones, you have done a great service to your country. But in the exact opposite way than you intended.

The Story That Made Me Tear Up My Prepared Speech at a Big Education Conference

| Posted 09.09.2009 | Politics

Shouldn't we also be living in a country that can come together right now and bail out schoolchildren who, unlike Wall Street, are too small to be allowed to fail before they have been allowed to succeed?

Headline Help: We Tweeted, You Responded

| Posted 09.11.2009 | Media

We decided to see if we could get our users more involved in the editorial process by using Twitter to crowdsource headline suggestions. It was a big hit. READ MORE

The Story That Made Me Tear Up My Prepared Speech at a Big Education Conference We live in a country that bailed out banks that were "too big to fail." Shouldn't it also be a country that will bail out schoolchildren that are too small to be allowed to fail before they have been allowed to succeed? READ MORE

Thank You, Glenn Beck! By helping force the resignation of Van Jones, you have done a great service to your country. But in the exact opposite way than you intended. Van is now freed to do what he does best: inspire and energize groups around the country. READ MORE

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.13.2009 | Huffington Post

This week, President Obama delivered a speech about hard work to America's schoolkids... and no one's head exploded. He then delivered a speech about the hard work of passing health care reform to a joint session of Congress... and Rep. Joe Wilson's mouth exploded. Wilson apologized to the president, then, painting himself as a victim, used the incident to fundraise -- taking in over $750,000 since Thursday (his opponent has raised over $1 million). The South Carolina Congressman's campaign website says he is "PASSIONATE ABOUT STOPPING GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTH CARE!" But, apparently, not so passionate that he won't accept the free, top-flight government-run health care he gets as a retired Army National Guard colonel. Wonder if his insurance plan covers getting his hypocrisy removed?

Why Obama Won't Be Able to Reform Wall Street

| Posted 09.14.2009 | Business

Obama won't be able to change the course our financial system is on unless he takes on the bankers and their hordes of lobbyists who continue to dictate policy in DC.

Rocky Mountain High: Introducing HuffPost Denver, Our New Section Covering All Things Colorado

| Posted 09.15.2009 | Denver

Our latest local section, HuffPost Denver, will feature local news and a vibrant group of bloggers offering their takes on everything from Colorado politics to the region's entertainment, business trends, and sports teams.

The Sad, Shocking Truth About How Women Are Feeling

| Posted 09.17.2009 | Healthy Living

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Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.20.2009 | Media

This week, five-and-a-half years after the momentary televised flash of a pierced celebrity nipple, the FCC decided to push for further investigation of what it called the "graphic and shocking, albeit brief, exposure of Janet Jackson's bare right breast to a nationwide audience composed of millions" during the 2004 Super Bowl. Talk about perverted priorities. The agency is facing enormous challenges: bridging America's vast digital divide, ensuring that the Internet remains open, fighting the ongoing consolidation of media ownership, and figuring out just how bonkers Glenn Beck really is. But, instead, it feels the need to reassert "its power to regulate fleeting nudity." Wasn't this kind of nonsense supposed to stop when Bush's culture warriors left the building? Surely, the FCC can find something better to do with our tax dollars than offer us stale breast and circuses.

Barack Obama Must See Michael Moore's New Movie (and So Must You)!

| Posted 09.21.2009 | Business

Michael Moore has always had a remarkable feel for targeting the zeitgeist. He's done it again with his new movie, Capitalism: A Love Story, a withering indictment of the current economic order.

Israel Diary: Hyper-Alert Security Guards, Hyper-Creative Tech Geeks, and an Upcoming Interview with President Peres

| Posted 09.22.2009 | World

JERUSALEM -- I arrived in Tel Aviv at 6:30 Sunday evening and went straight from the airport to a charming restaurant in Jaffa to have dinner with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, where I asked him to compare George W. Bush's leadership to Obama's when it comes to Israel. "I'm an ABB," he said. "Anyone But Bush. Obama is investing a lot of his political capital in the peace process, and it's important that we don't waste this moment." Wednesday morning I'm meeting with President Shimon Peres. Coming on the heels of yesterday's tripartite meeting between Obama, Netanyahu, and Abbas, we will discuss, among other things, the state of US/Israel relations, Israeli settlements on the West Bank, and Iran's nuclear program. If there is anything you'd like me to ask President Peres, please put your questions in the comments section.

Israel Diary: Shimon Peres on Peace, Obama's Tough Love, and Working in the Shadows

| Posted 09.23.2009 | World

It's hard to spend any time with Israeli President Shimon Peres and remain pessimistic about the possibility of peace.

Israel Diary: A Tale of Two Visits

| Posted 09.25.2009 | World

JERUSALEM -- Early Friday morning I visited the Bialik Rogozin School, an extraordinary example of what is possible with real leadership. The school has 750 students from 48 countries, most of them very poor. When director Karen Tal took over three years ago, the school was plagued by outbreaks of violence and dilapidated surroundings. But the school I toured was immaculate, with new computers throughout, and bright, smiling children everywhere. I left Bialik Rogozin energized and inspired. So it was particularly jarring to drive straight to the West Bank to see the Jewish settlements that have become a flashpoint of the stalled peace process. The security wall. The roadblocks and barbed wire. The checkpoints and "buffer zones." The large, sprawling, and very permanent-looking Israeli settlements carved out on Palestinian land. No wonder Palestinians feel like strangers in their own land. READ MORE Israel Diary: Shimon Peres on Peace, Obama's Tough Love, and Working in the Shadows Israel Diary: Hyper-Alert Security Guards and Hyper-Creative Tech Geeks

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.27.2009 | Politics

This was not a good week for public figures with notable heads of hair. The boyishly coiffed Tom DeLay caused jaws to drop all across America with his rump-shaking cha-cha to "Wild Thing" on Dancing With the Stars. Breck Girl-turned-Cad John Edwards saw his already-tarnished reputation further sullied by the release of details of his affair with Rielle Hunter, including a promised post-Elizabeth rooftop wedding featuring the Dave Matthews Band. And the idiosyncratically maned Donald Trump made headlines by allowing Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to pitch a tent on his Bedford, New York estate. But it was follicly-challenged columnist David Broder who took the prize for the week's most ludicrous act: criticizing President Obama for "his determination to rely on rational analysis, rather than narrow decisions." God forbid. It was enough to make your hair stand on end.

Israel Diary: Voices of Peace, Stories of Conflict

| Posted 09.28.2009 | World

My last day in Israel was a whirlwind of visits -- and points of view. I met with people on both sides of the conflict, all hoping to break through old paradigms that no longer work. READ MORE Meet the HuffPost Game Changers We've announced the top ten Game Changers in Entertainment and Green, and now it's up to you to pick the Ultimate Game Changer in each category. READ MORE WATCH: Arianna Discusses "Pigs at the Trough" on The View WATCH: Arianna Talks Iran, the GOP, and Polanski on Morning Joe WATCH: Arianna Defends Rep. Alan Grayson on Countdown WATCH: Arianna Takes on Red State Blogger on Dylan Ratigan's Show WATCH: Arianna Talks Letterman, KFC, Jiggling Breasts, and the Olympics on Leno