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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 01/2010

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.03.2010 | Politics

"This will be a great decade," said Bill Maher at midnight on New Year's Eve as we were toasting the arrival of 2010 at a friend's party. Then, with a wry grin, he added "...for China." We laughed but I was immediately reminded of a fascinating article by Michael Wines I'd just read in the New York Times. It lays out how China is spending billions of dollars in Afghanistan securing raw materials for its voracious economy while America is spending hundreds of billions in Afghanistan fighting an unnecessary war of choice... even as the fight against terrorism has moved on. So China is mining copper and coal in Afghanistan -- and earning tremendous goodwill -- and we are squandering our young, our treasure, and any goodwill we had. Meanwhile, 1,700 miles away, al-Qaeda is training terrorists in Yemen to attack America.

Sleep Challenge 2010: Women, It's Time to Sleep Our Way to the Top. Literally.

| Posted 01.04.2010 | Healthy Living

We believe getting enough shuteye is the next feminist issue. After all, women have already broken glass ceilings in politics, sports, business and the media -- just imagine what we can do when we're fully awake.

The First HuffPost Book Club Pick of 2010: Shadow Elite by Janine Wedel

| Posted 01.06.2010 | Books

My first HuffPost Book Club selection of 2010 is Janine Wedel's Shadow Elite, a gripping book that explains why it's been so hard to bring about any real change in America.

Sleep Challenge 2010: The Good, the Bad and the Coffee

| Posted 01.07.2010 | Healthy Living

This is Day Four of our sleep challenge and I'm already seeing the benefits of getting more shuteye. The biggest hurdle: sticking to my new vow not to have a drop of coffee after noon.

Sergio: A Must-See Documentary

| Posted 01.09.2010 | Entertainment

This week I wrote about our latest Book Club pick, Shadow Elite, which documents the poisonous effect the rise of a "transnational" class of elites has had on our democracy. Today I want to give you an antidote: Sergio is a powerful and deeply moving documentary I recently saw that tracks the remarkable life -- and tragic death in Iraq at the hands of a suicide bomber -- of UN envoy Sergio de Mello, one of the greatest (albeit least heralded) peacemakers of the 20th century. Described as "a cross between James Bond and Bobby Kennedy," he spent his life trying to end conflicts in the world's most dangerous places. Based on a book by Samantha Power, the film has been short-listed for the Best Documentary Oscar. So add it to your Netflix queue. And if you happen to be a member of the Academy, vote for Sergio!

Tucker Carlson Launches "The Right's Answer to HuffPost" -- Why I Wish Him Nothing But the Best

| Posted 01.11.2010 | Media

Tucker Carlson launched The Daily Caller today and asked me to write a post for his opening day. I said yes -- and not just because he told the Wall Street Journal he reads HuffPost every day! He says that he and his team are "trying to think through what comes next in journalism." As they do, I hope they'll keep in mind that one of the greatest contributions the digital media can make is to counter the traditional media's obsession with looking at every issue through the cobweb-covered lens of right vs. left. Anyone looking at today's political landscape with clear eyes can see that on issue after issue -- the war in Afghanistan, the bailout, health care, the war on drugs, etc, etc -- the binary division of the debate into right vs. left has become obsolete.

Sleep Challenge 2010: How Sleep Is Like Steroids...Without the 'Roid Rage'

| Posted 01.11.2010 | Healthy Living

After finally reaching my goal of getting eight hours of sleep a night, I was surprised to discover that the exercise-sleep connection is a two-way street: getting enough sleep also helps you exercise better. READ MORE Sleep Challenge 2010: I Fall Off the Wagon (with a Push from Zorba the Greek) WATCH: Arianna and Cindi Leive Explain Sleep Challenge 2010 to Joy Behar HuffPost Turns Over the Top of Every Section to All the Ways We Can Help in Haiti Tucker Carlson Launches "The Right's Answer to HuffPost" - Why I Wish Him Nothing But the Best WATCH: Arianna Talks Geithner and Midterm Elections with Dylan Ratigan WATCH: Arianna on How Pat Robertson Gives Religion a Bad Name

Sleep Challenge 2010: I Fall Off the Wagon (with a Push from Zorba the Greek)

| Posted 01.14.2010 | Healthy Living

Here is my existential question for you, dear readers: Would you cut short a fun night to avoid paying the groggy-headed price the next day, or do you embrace the moment knowing that perfection isn't always worth it?

HuffPost Turns Over the Top of Every Section to All the Ways We Can Help in Haiti

| Posted 01.15.2010 | Impact

With the crisis in Haiti escalating, we decided earlier today to turn over the top of our home page and each of our 17 sections to the relief efforts, and the many different ways we can all help. This moment of human tragedy and intense suffering is also a great opportunity to tap into our better instincts of empathy and compassion -- and take action. Click here to see a slideshow of the different tops we featured for most of the day (and are still featuring on a number of sections), and read about what aspect of the relief effort each of the sections have been covering.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.16.2010 | Huffington Post

Crises bring out both the best and the worst in human behavior. For evidence of the latter, look no further than Pat Robertson blaming the Haiti earthquake on a long ago pact the island apparently made with Beelzebub, or Rush Limbaugh claiming Obama's relief efforts were designed to curry favor with "the light skinned and dark skinned black community." At the same time, the catastrophe has triggered what Jeremy Rifkin calls "a global empathic response" and an outpouring of compassion and charitable giving (texting alone has already produced $11 million in aid). HuffPost Impact is doing its part via its online store where you can buy and send desperately needed supplies to Haiti, including medicine, first aid kits, and water purification tablets. We've also set up a guide to the most effective groups accepting donations for relief efforts.

"Hope" Has Been a Bust, It's Time for Hope 2.0

| Posted 01.18.2010 | Politics

The 2008 election was all about "Hope." But Hope is simply not cutting it. What we need is Hope 2.0: the realization that our system is too broken to be fixed by politicians -- that change must come from outside Washington. READ MORE Sleep Challenge 2010: Perchance to Dream Sleep Challenge 2010: I Now Have Dozens of Baby Sitters...All Telling Me to Go To Bed How Massachusetts Can Turn Out to Be a Blessing for Democrats WATCH: Arianna Discusses Massachusetts Results on Countdown WATCH: Arianna Talks About What Obama Needs to Do to Reconnect With Voters on The Ed Show WATCH: Arianna Debates the Future of Capitalism with Howard Dean, Dick Armey, John Kasich

Sleep Challenge 2010: Perchance to Dream

| Posted 01.19.2010 | Healthy Living

Two weeks into the sleep challenge, I've found myself in possession of a rich and compelling dream life. I used to write down my dreams in a journal. But then life -- especially motherhood -- intervened.

How Massachusetts Can Turn Out to Be a Blessing for Democrats

| Posted 01.21.2010 | Politics

If the White House learns the right lessons from the stunning loss in Massachusetts, it will turn out to be a blessing. A blessing in a very heavy disguise, yes, but a blessing nonetheless.

Sleep Challenge 2010: I Now Have Dozens of Baby Sitters ... All Telling Me to Go to Bed

| Posted 01.21.2010 | Healthy Living

As Sunday's Golden Globes party wore on, people kept asking how much longer I planned to stay, and whether I was going to be able to get my 8 hours of sleep. I felt like I was a kid on a school night -- with dozens of elegantly dressed baby sitters.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.24.2010 | Politics
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John F. Kennedy came into office wanting to be a transformational president, but he started with three false assumptions: He was convinced that the Third World was about to go Communist, that the Soviets would soon have a nuclear advantage, and that civil rights legislation could wait. When he realized all three were wrong, he was able to course-correct. Obama also came into office wanting to be a transformational leader. He was convinced that as long as Wall Street was sound, the rest of the economy would follow; that as long as he surrounded himself with smart old pros like Larry Summers, he was in good hands; and that bipartisanship was a worthwhile goal unto itself. He was wrong about all three. His response after the Massachusetts defeat shows that he is capable of learning on the job. If he follows through, he still has time to be a transformational president and turn the country around.

State of the Union: Is Obama Ready to Make the Middle Class His Priority?

| Posted 01.25.2010 | Politics

Will the president throw everything he has at the crisis the middle class is facing -- just as he did for Wall Street? Or do we need to become Brazil first, with the super-rich living behind fortified gates, with guards protecting their children from kidnapping? READ MORE Obama's State of the Focus Group Speech Sleep Challenge 2010: Trying to Get Enough Sleep While Logging More Air Miles Than Clooney in Up in the Air Sleep Challenge 2010: Sleep As the Key to Happiness and Peak Performance WATCH: Arianna on Squawk Box Discussing Need for Obama to Do More About Jobs WATCH: Arianna Discusses Intersection of Politics, Media, and Money on Canadian TV WATCH: Arianna Reviews Obama's State of the Union Speech on Larry King Live

Sleep Challenge 2010: Sleep As the Key to Happiness and Peak Performance

| Posted 01.26.2010 | Healthy Living

Tony Schwartz is a business performance guru who has spent his life coaching people how to perform at their best. And, in his new book, he puts getting enough sleep at the apex of the things we can do to achieve peak performance.

Obama's State of the Focus Group Speech

| Posted 01.28.2010 | Politics

Obama's first State of the Union, despite its charm, humor, and occasionally impassioned rhetoric, had the feel of being focus-grouped within an inch of its life. There was a decidedly paint-by-poll-numbers air about it.

Sleep Challenge 2010: Trying to Get Enough Sleep While Logging More Air Miles Than Clooney in Up in the Air

| Posted 01.28.2010 | Healthy Living

Throughout the Sleep Challenge 2010, I've faced numerous challenges in meeting my sleep goal. But this week has presented me with perhaps the toughest obstacle of all: the travel week from hell.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.30.2010 | Politics

This week, Justice Alito offered up the refined, Supreme Court version of Joe Wilson's "You Lie!"; James O'Keefe went from ACORN-busting "pimp" to FBI-busted perp; and Kirstie Alley, under the influence of her made-for-TV diet, Tweeted her desire to "bash" Joy Behar "in the vagina with her microphone." President Obama, meanwhile, was so effective during his masterful 82 minute Q&A session at the House Republican retreat on Friday that Fox News cut away from the riveting broadcast 20 minutes before it ended -- turning the airtime over to his critics. The president being smart, forceful, and offering well reasoned, fact-based arguments didn't jibe with the relentless Fox framing of him as a radical, Kenya-born Muslim socialist.