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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 02/2010

Sleep Challenge 2010: Getting Horizontal on the Way to Gender Parity

| Posted 02.01.2010 | Healthy Living

Women can lead the way to creating a culture -- not just in the business world, but in all aspects of our lives -- that is less toxic, less sleep-deprived, and less likely to burn out the best and the brightest among us.

Glenn Beck Goes After Me, But Forgets His Show Is on Video and Lies About Things He "Never, Never" Said

| Posted 02.01.2010 | Media

Glenn Beck didn't come out of nowhere. He's the latest example of what the great historian Richard Hofstadter called "the paranoid style in American politics." READ MORE Glenn Beck Update: The Backpedaling Begins Sleep Challenge 2010: Getting Horizontal on the Way to Gender Parity Sleep Challenge 2010: Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough Keep Me Up All Night Davos Diary 2010: Snapshots from My Short But Sweet Visit Why Jeremy Rifkin's The Empathic Civilization Is This Month's HuffPost Book Club Pick WATCH: Arianna Discusses the Tea Party Movement on The Situation Room WATCH: Arianna Talks About Roger Ailes, Glenn Beck on Countdown WATCH: Arianna Discusses Scott Brown, Rush Limbaugh with Joy Behar WATCH: Arianna Makes the Case for Gender Parity on CNBC WATCH: Arianna Discusses Sarah Palin's "R-Word" Hypocrisy on Countdown WATCH: Arianna Co-Hosts Morning Joe

Davos Diary 2010: Snapshots from My Short But Sweet Visit

| Posted 02.01.2010 | Business

Because of a jam-packed week, my time at this year's World Economic Forum was limited. But there were more than a few snapshot-worthy moments.

Glenn Beck Update: The Backpedaling Begins

| Posted 02.02.2010 | Media

First, Beck claimed he never used the word "slaughter." Then he only used it in reference to Mao, Stalin, or Hitler. Then, when he used it, he wasn't referring to Obama. Then he was. Got it?

Only Empathy Can Save Us: Why Jeremy Rifkin's The Empathic Civilization Is This Month's HuffPost Book Club Pick

| Posted 02.03.2010 | Books

For this month's HuffPost Book Club, I have chosen Jeremy Rifkin's The Empathic Civilization, which boldly sets out to present nothing less than -- as Rifkin puts it -- "a new rendering of human history."

Sleep Challenge 2010: Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough Keep Me Up All Night... Lessons (Yawn) Learned

| Posted 02.04.2010 | Healthy Living

Today is the last day of Sleep Challenge 2010... and I ended things by not getting a wink of sleep last night. This was not an act of defiance or the sleep equivalent of a last day of school blowout. It was a twist of fate -- and scheduling.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 02.06.2010 | Politics

The difference between Sarah Palin's reaction to Rahm Emanuel's ill-advised use of the word "retarded" (directed at liberals), and Rush Limbaugh's use of the word (directed at advocates for the mentally handicapped) speaks volumes. When it was reported that Emanuel used the word in a private meeting -- one time -- Palin quickly took to Facebook and, mentioning Emanuel by name, called on President Obama to fire him. When Limbaugh repeatedly used the term on his radio show, Palin did nothing. Then, after being goaded by commentators, she had her spokesperson offer a generic criticism of "demeaning name calling," never mentioning Limbaugh by name -- and even had her spokesperson phone Rush to assure him she hadn't used his name. Then, in an interview with Fox that aired this morning, Palin defended Limbaugh's use of "retards" as "satire." Which it wasn't -- unless I'm missing the humor in calling a meeting of advocates for the mentally handicapped "a retard summit."

The Tea Party 600: Canaries in the Political Coal Mine?

| Posted 02.08.2010 | Politics

While there was much to mock about the Tea Party convention: the low turnout, Tom Tancredo's immigrant bashing and Sarah Palin's keynote lite, it would be a huge mistake to dismiss the movement that led to the event.

Notes From TED: Can Simplicity and Innovation Overcome Complexity and Cynicism?

| Posted 02.10.2010 | Technology

TED is the perfect antidote to cynicism. The one thing you're never going to hear here is: "I love your idea, but it will never fly... you'll never get it past middle America... you'll never get it past Olympia Snowe!" READ MORE Do You Yahoo!? We Do Too (Check Out Our New Yahoo! App) This cool tool lets you quickly flip through all our different sections and preview the latest posts from our top bloggers. And that's just one of the ways we've synced up HuffPost and Yahoo!. READ MORE The Tea Party 600: Canaries in the Political Coal Mine? Think of the Tea Party movement as a boil alerting us to the infection lurking under the skin of the body politic. READ MORE WATCH: Arianna Discusses Glenn Beck and Political Paranoia on Reliable Sources WATCH: Arianna Discusses the Tea Party and Sarah Palin on Countdown

Do You Yahoo!? We Do Too (Check Out Our New Yahoo! App)

| Posted 02.11.2010 | Technology

One of the things I love about new media is how fluid it is. You never know where an interesting link might take you. That's why I'm excited about HuffPost's new Yahoo! app.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 02.13.2010 | Politics

Two very different but ultimately very aligned versions of GOP mendacity were on display this week. At one end stands Newt Gingrich. A former college history professor, Gingrich is articulate and knowledgeable. But that didn't stop him from misrepresenting shoe-bomber Richard Reid's citizenship in an effort to paint President Obama as a soft-on-terror "radical" -- or tie logic in knots trying to justify his "mistake" after the fact. At the other end of the spectrum is Sarah Palin -- so clueless she feels the need to make crib notes about boilerplate talking points. She too is willing to completely discard truth, evidence, logic, and the facts to score cheap political points. These two appear destined to compete for the 2012 Republican nomination. Or perhaps they can join forces and form a veracity-vanquishing dream ticket -- two peas in a prevaricators' pod.

What a Difference a Week Makes: Google Buzz Arrives With a Bang

| Posted 02.15.2010 | Technology

A week ago, Google Buzz wasn't on anyone's radar (other than Google's, of course). Today, it's part of the conversation -- and lots of people are already using it. So we are diving in.

Band-Aids, Bipartisanship and Baby-Steps: How Not to Deal With a Jobs Crisis

| Posted 02.17.2010 | Politics

Does anyone believe that we would be facing the same lack of urgency about the jobs crisis in Washington if it were the unemployment rate among the top 10 percent that was 31 percent?

Tiger Travels the Stations of the PR Cross

| Posted 02.20.2010 | Sports

Tiger Woods doesn't owe us a thing. Not an apology. Not an explanation. Not contrition. Nothing. Unless a public figure has broken the law, there is only one legitimate answer to the illegitimate probing of private lives: "It's none of your business." That said, purely on its own terms, Tiger's apology was, pardon the expression, par for the course. You can just picture his handlers working on the statement and going down a checklist. Accept blame: check. Look right into camera: check. Touch hand to chest: check. Watery eyes: check. Defend wife: check. Accuse the media: check. Hug mother: check. Go back to rehab: check. It was déjà vu all over again. Another public figure navigating the now-requisite Stations of the PR Cross. Watch: Arianna Discusses the Anger On Display at CPAC on Countdown

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 02.20.2010 | Politics

The White House served up a blast from the past this week with word that it was planning to rebrand the Iraq war -- something the Bushies did quite often. Come Sept. 1, it will be good-bye "Operation Iraqi Freedom," hello "Operation New Dawn"! This New Dawn will, incidentally, still see 50,000 U.S. troops left in Iraq. So we started with 2001's "Gathering Threat" and 2002's "Axis of Evil," moved to 2003's "Shock and Awe" and "Mission Accomplished," then pinballed from "Fight 'em There, Not Here" ('04) to "Last Throes" ('05) to "Stay the Course" ('05) to "The New Way Forward" ('06). "Operation New Dawn" sounds like "A New Way of Forgetting This Ever Happened." It's time to brand the war what it always was -- "A Huge, Tragic Mistake" -- and get the hell out.

Announcing HuffPost College: No SAT Scores or Admission Essays Needed

| Posted 02.22.2010 | College

HuffPost College features voices from colleges and universities all around the country, and offers a real-time snapshot of what's going on in the lives of the nation's 19 million college students. READ MORE Announcing HuffPost Religion: Believers and Non-Believers Welcome Whether you are a believer or not, the role of religion in our society is an essential conversation to have... which is why I'm delighted to announce that we are launching HuffPost Religion. READ MORE WATCH: Arianna Debates Partisanship on This Week WATCH: Arianna Delivers Keynote Speech at TOC Publishing Conference

Announcing HuffPost Religion: Believers and Non-Believers Welcome

| Posted 02.24.2010 | Religion

Whether you are a believer or not, the role of religion in our society is an essential conversation to have... which is why I'm delighted to announce that we are launching HuffPost Religion.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 02.28.2010 | Politics

Thursday's health care summit could have been dubbed Talking Points-Palooza. The GOP stayed ferociously on message, with speaker after speaker calling on the president to "start over" with a "clean sheet of paper" and take a "step-by-step approach." For their part, Democrats were committed to sending the message that, as Max Baucus put it, "We're really not that far apart." That might be the case -- if Republicans were actually interested in coming to an agreement. But they're not -- as the last 14 months have made abundantly clear. No matter how many conciliatory steps Democrats take in their direction, Republicans just keep backing away. President Obama will announce his plan for moving forward this week. Let's hope he scraps his delusions of bipartisan agreement, and pushes Congressional Democrats to beef up the bill and pass it through reconciliation.