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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 11/2009

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 11.01.2009 | Politics

I should sue John McCain. Three and a half years ago, writing about Net Neutrality, the attempt to guarantee the Internet stays free and open, I said that it was a slam-dunk issue being hampered by a lousy name -- one that evokes a tennis match in Switzerland or basketball players who don't choose sides. And I suggested some alternatives, including The Fast, Downloadable Porn Act and The Internet Freedom Act. Cut to last week, when McCain, the number one recipient of telecom campaign cash in Congress, introduced a bill that would effectively kill Net Neutrality. The name of his bill? The Internet Freedom Act! Paging George Orwell! War is Peace, Ignorance is Strength, and Freedom is... an Internet controlled by AT&T and Verizon. We can't let that happen. Support Net Neutrality. Let's start by giving it a better name.

Obama One Year Later: The Audacity of Winning vs. The Timidity of Governing

| Posted 11.03.2009 | Politics

If Obama wants to make sure he doesn't let down the millions who believed he really would change the system, he should read the The Audacity to Win -- and rediscover a whole host of things he knows, but seems to have forgotten.

Latest Game Changers: Technology and Wellness

| Posted 11.06.2009 | Media

Look over the slideshows we've put together giving you the rundown of who we picked -- and why -- then vote for the Ultimate Game Changer in Technology and Wellness. READ MORE

The Audacity of Winning vs. The Timidity of Governing Reading David Plouffe's The Audacity to Win, I often found myself wondering what Candidate Obama would think of President Obama. READ MORE

WATCH: Arianna Discusses Limbaugh and Obama on The Joy Behar Show

WATCH: Arianna Discusses Candidate Obama vs. President Obama on Morning Joe

WATCH: Arianna Discusses This Week's Elections on Dylan Ratigan's Morning Meeting

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 11.07.2009 | Huffington Post

Just back from Lagos, Nigeria, where I took part in the second African Media Leadership Forum, which brought together journalists from 46 African countries. New media play a powerful role on the continent, where traditional media face constant government restrictions, over 300 million Africans have cellphones, and locals are being trained to use texting and camera phone video to report from rural areas. Hearing the stories of many of the journalists present was a powerful reminder that, in much of the world, being a journalist requires great courage. "I've been arrested 136 times," a journalist from Cameroon told me. "The government threw grenades into our offices," said a newspaperman from Liberia, "so we went down the street and started another paper." It makes the rheumy bleatings of the likes of Glenn Beck feel even more contemptible and pathetic.

Why It's Wrong When Wrongdoers Are Allowed to Admit No Wrongdoing

| Posted 11.09.2009 | Business

When corporate perpetrators don't have to admit they did anything wrong, it's as if the crime never happened. Which, of course, makes it much more likely that it will happen again.

Announcing HuffPost Sports: Let the Games Begin

| Posted 11.11.2009 | Sports

Ever since we began expanding HuffPost, people have been asking, when are you going to start covering sports? Well, I can finally answer "now!" Check out HuffPost Sports -- it's anything and everything from the world of sports. READ MORE Why It's Wrong When Wrongdoers Are Allowed to Admit No Wrongdoing When corporate perpetrators don't have to admit they did anything wrong, it's as if the crime never happened. Which, of course, makes it much more likely that it will happen again. READ MORE WATCH: Arianna Clashes with German Media Publisher at Monaco Media Forum Over Charging for Online Content Voting for the Ultimate Game Changer in each of our 10 categories closes on Wednesday, so cast your vote and help push your favorite over the top.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 11.14.2009 | Politics

Prepare for the latest Palin media onslaught. An hour with Oprah, a multi-parter with Barbara, and appearances all across the country. An initial read shows Going Rogue doesn't reveal much. No surprise there. This isn't about the book, it's about the book tour -- which includes a politically convenient stop in Iowa -- and the money. Besides, it's not like there's much we haven't already learned about Palin since she burst onto the national scene. We even know when her water broke during her last pregnancy. Talk about overexposed. In the end, I expect this will be one of the most mocked books of the year -- and one of the biggest bestsellers. Palin fans will find much to love, but I doubt a single doubter will be converted. It's a 400 page Rorschach test. With no index.

Memo to Warren Buffett: Put Down the Pom-Poms and Tell Us the Truth About the Economy

| Posted 11.16.2009 | Business

Difficult times need wise men to tell difficult truths. And, for many years, Buffett has done just that. So it was deeply distressing to listen to him last week joining in the economic victory lap the Obama administration is taking.

HuffPost Game Changers: Your Picks for the Ultimate 10

| Posted 11.19.2009 | Media

It's time to reveal your picks for the Ultimate Game Changer in Entertainment, Politics, Media, Green, Style, Business, Philanthropy, Sports, Wellness and Technology. There are more than a few surprises. READ MORE Memo to Warren Buffett: Put Down the Pom-Poms and Tell Us the Truth About the Economy Difficult times need wise men to tell difficult truths. And, for many years, Warren Buffett has done just that. So it was deeply distressing to hear him joining in the economic victory lap the Obama administration is taking. READ MORE WATCH: Arianna Discusses Glenn Beck, the "Fearmonger-in-Chief," on Countdown

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 11.22.2009 | Media

Misrepresenting what I said during an appearance on Countdown this week, NewsBusters claims that I'm trying to deny Glenn Beck his "constitutionally protected free speech." Wrong. What I said is that words have tremendous power -- they can inspire and they can incite. There's a reason you can't shout "fire" in a crowded theater. But even though Glenn Beck is shouting "fire" in a crowded, anxious country, I specifically said that the right response to his steady stream of lies, hate, and race-baiting -- all served up with a not-very-subtle undercurrent of violence -- is to put unrelenting pressure on his advertisers and his bosses. Pressure works. CNN dropped Lou Dobbs. I'm actually of two minds when it comes to Beck. Part of me resents spending even a second of my life thinking about him. But part of me recognizes that he's too dangerous to ignore.

Will The Unemployment Disaster Be Obama's Katrina?

| Posted 11.23.2009 | Politics

There's a Category 5 storm about to make landfall, and the president and the officials in charge of preparing for the approaching disaster don't seem to be particularly worried. Sound familiar?

Sharing the Privilege of Abundance

| Posted 11.26.2009 | Impact

The food, fuel, and financial crises have pushed the numbers of those enduring chronic hunger past one billion people for the first time in history. So as we enter the season of colossal Wall Street bonuses and a frenzy of holiday spending, it's time for us to share the privilege of plenty. It's time to declare, once and for all, that not a single child should die from hunger. This is an achievable goal. With $3.2 billion a year -- or $1.5 billion less than Americans spend on Halloween annually, and a fraction of America's $300 billion a year in private giving -- we can feed the 66 million children worldwide who go to school hungry. This alone won't end hunger, but it would be a huge step forward.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 11.29.2009 | Politics

With the Senate ready to begin debating its health care bill next week, it's time for President Obama to make an unambiguous case for its passage. Finally. He needs to deliver on health care reform, including a public option, and then quickly move on to jobs, jobs, jobs -- the latest Fed forecast predicts that unemployment will still be over 9 percent when the 2010 midterms roll around. Yet, on Tuesday, when the president addresses the nation, he won't be making the case for health care or a jobs bill. Instead, he'll be explaining why we need to "finish the job" in Afghanistan by escalating the war. Can someone in the White House Priorities Department please hit reboot?