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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 12/2009

Journalism 2009: Desperate Metaphors, Desperate Revenue Models, And The Desperate Need For Better Journalism

| Posted 12.01.2009 | Media

The new paths to media success are still being charted, and much remains uncertain. But this much is clear: we can't use an analog map and expect to find our way in a digital world.

Go West, Young Internet Newspaper: Introducing HuffPost Los Angeles

| Posted 12.02.2009 | Los Angeles

This week marked the rollout of our latest local section, HuffPost Los Angeles. Check it out. READ MORE Journalism 2009: Desperate Metaphors, Desperate Revenue Models, and the Desperate Need for Better Journalism WATCH: Arianna, Jesse Ventura, and Ben Stein Discuss Afghanistan on Larry King WATCH: Arianna on Morning Joe: Afghanistan is Not a Right-Left Issue WATCH: Arianna Discusses Obama's Afghanistan Speech with Dylan Ratigan WATCH: Arianna Discusses the 2010 Impact of Tea Partiers on Countdown

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.06.2009 | Politics

As the health care battle intensifies, insurance giant Aetna says it plans to raise its rates in 2010 and, as a result, expects to lose over 600,000 customers...while boosting profits. It's addition by subtraction, health care style. Aetna President Mark Bertolini justified the move as "ensuring that each customer is priced to an appropriate margin." You can feel the humanity in every syllable. Aetna's third quarter earnings were up 26 percent year over year. But that's not enough for Bertolini. The company did, however, make enough to spend more than $2 million on lobbying this year. Coincidentally, Aetna is headquartered in Connecticut, home of Joe Lieberman, who, during his Senate career, has received over $2.4 million from the health care sector -- and who remains steadfastly opposed to a public option. Feel free to connect the dots of a broken system.

Sartre Meets Afghanistan: Obama's "No Exit" Strategy

| Posted 12.07.2009 | World

This White House clearly has a credibility crisis. They need an exit strategy for their rollout of an Afghanistan exit strategy.

Health Care Reform: Sifting Through the Suboptimal Solutions

| Posted 12.10.2009 | Politics

Here are the things that absolutely have to be included in any health care bill for it to deliver reform in more than name only. READ MORE Sartre Meets Afghanistan: Obama's "No Exit" Strategy This White House clearly has a credibility crisis. They need an exit strategy for their rollout of an Afghanistan exit strategy. READ MORE WATCH: Arianna Discusses "Presidential Leadership in Transformational Times" at a Truman Library Forum WATCH: Arianna Discusses Obama's Nobel, Glenn Beck's Gold Problem, and Crasher-Gate on Joy Behar

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.12.2009 | Politics

This week, in accepting his Nobel Peace Prize, President Obama strenuously argued that "as a head of state sworn to protect and defend my nation" he "cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people." I couldn't agree more. But what exactly are the threats to the American people coming from Afghanistan? The Taliban? Or the 100 al-Qaeda members who didn't get the "we're moving to Pakistan" memo? In his 2002 denunciation of the war in Iraq, Obama said: "I don't oppose all wars...What I am opposed to is a dumb war." Well, escalating troop levels to 100,000 and spending $30 billion a year to take on 100 terrorists -- that's 1,000 U.S. soldiers and $300 million for every one al-Qaeda fighter -- while the real threats lie elsewhere strikes me as the gold standard of a dumb, immoral war of choice.

Can the Obama White House Course-Correct in Time to Avoid Hitting the 2010 Iceberg?

| Posted 12.14.2009 | Politics

It's not too late for Obama to right the ship of state. But first he has to acknowledge he needs to chart a fresh course.

Attention Last-Minute Shoppers: HuffPost Has a Store With Gifts That Give Back to Those in Need

| Posted 12.17.2009 | Impact

The HuffPost Impact team has opened a last minute holiday gift store where goods and services for those in need can be purchased in the name of your friends and family members. READ MORE Can the Obama White House Course-Correct in Time to Avoid Hitting the 2010 Iceberg? The president needs to jettison the notion that the public's anger over joblessness and the bank bailout will be dissipated by passing health care reform. READ MORE WATCH: Arianna Discusses Health Care Reform and the State of the Nation on Morning Joe WATCH: Arianna Discusses the Absurdity of Ceding Control of Health Care Reform to Joe Lieberman on The Ed Show

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.20.2009 | Politics

This week, Time named Fed chair Ben Bernanke its Person of the Year. The magazine says its choice is "not an award," but rather a recognition of the person who "most influenced the news during the past year -- for good or for ill." Based on that criterion, Time should, without a doubt, have picked Washington lobbyists -- because no person or group was more influential in 2009. After an inspiring presidential campaign that promised to take on the special interests, the lobbyists flexed their muscles (and their wallets) and showed who really runs the show in DC. Lobbyists carried the day on health insurance reform, banking reform, financial reform, drug pricing, cramdown legislation, and credit card interest rates, to name just a few. And every time they won, the American people lost. It's Time for a reshoot. The Lobbyists: The Real Persons of the Year.

The Senate Health Care Bill: Leave No Special Interest Behind

| Posted 12.21.2009 | Politics

There are many reasons for hoping the Senate health care bill doesn't become the law of the land. But the biggest reason of all is the desperate need for a DC pattern interrupt.

Christmas 2009: We Know Who's Been Naughty... Nice Is a Little Harder to Find

| Posted 12.23.2009 | Comedy

Time for my annual tradition of getting gifts for my favorite -- and not so favorite -- public figures, including Larry Summers whom I'm getting a Goldman Sachs pension (after all, he's earned it). READ MORE Newsmakers Roasting on an Open Fire: Your Gift Ideas for 2009's Naughty and Nice Here are your gift suggestions, including a GPS for Barack Obama, to show him the way from Wall Street to Main Street (submitted by manx). READ MORE The Senate Health Care Bill: Leave No Special Interest Behind There are many reasons for hoping the Senate health care bill doesn't become the law of the land. But the biggest reason of all is the desperate need for a DC pattern interrupt. READ MORE

Newsmakers Roasting on an Open Fire: Your Gift Ideas for 2009's Naughty and Nice

| Posted 12.25.2009 | Comedy

Earlier this week, I asked for your ideas on what gifts we should give to some of our favorite -- and not so favorite -- public figures. You dusted of...

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.26.2009 | Politics

Christmas came a day early this year for health insurance and drug companies when the Senate passed a health care bill crammed with more industry-friendly gifts than Santa's sleigh. "I'll be rolling up my sleeves," said President Obama, pledging to take a hands-on role in merging the House and Senate bills. Before he dives in, the president should spend some time reacquainting himself with his campaign promises to "break the stranglehold that a few big drug and insurance companies have on the health care market," "let Medicare negotiate for lower prices," and "allow the safe re-importation of low cost drugs." Back then, Obama said, "I'll have the insurance and drug companies at the table. They just won't be able to buy every chair." Turns out they did. Here's hoping that, at the 11th hour, the president changes the seating arrangement to include the people who elected him.

2009: The Things I Want to Forget

| Posted 12.28.2009 | Huffington Post

For some, the end of the year is a time to think back on all the memorable moments from the previous 12 months. I prefer removing from my internal hard drive all the things that should no longer be cluttering my mind.

Move Your Money: A New Year's Resolution

| Posted 12.29.2009 | Business

Check out this powerful video and see why you should make it your New Year's resolution to move your money out of a "too big to fail bank" and into a community bank.

2009: The Things I Want to Forget (Part Two)

| Posted 12.31.2009 | Huffington Post

Earlier this week, I offered the first part of my list of all the things from 2009 that I want to forget. Now, as we prepare to cross the threshold into 2010, here is the second part of my compilation of 2009's political and cultural detritus, including Tom DeLay's rump-shaking cha-cha to "Wild Thing" on Dancing With the Stars, Mackenzie Phillips telling Oprah about her long-term sexual affair with her father, and the fact that Lou Dobbs latched onto the birther movement. Click here to read more of the things from 2009 I'd like to forget. READ MORE