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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 03/2010

Reform Deja Vu: Democrats Follow Failed Health Care Strategy and Preemptively Surrender on Consumer Financial Protection Agency [Updated]

| Posted 03.01.2010 | Politics

Senate Democrats, in the hope of attracting Republican votes, appear to have surrendered on the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. They've mastered the art of negotiating against themselves. READ MORE Political Oscars 2010 It's time again for our annual mash-up of this year's noteworthy achievements in the worlds of politics and entertainment. READ MORE Want to Come to the Taping of Our New Sitcom? WATCH: Arianna Discusses Move Your Money on CBS Sunday Morning WATCH: Arianna Discusses Weakened Financial Reform Legislation on CNN WATCH: Arianna Talks Too Big To Fail, Undercover Boss, and "Air Traffic Control Boy" on Real Time With Bill Maher

Political Oscars 2010: The Envelopes, Please...

| Posted 03.03.2010 | Entertainment

It's time again for our annual mashup of this year's noteworthy achievements in the worlds of politics and entertainment. Click here to see the winners and losers.

Want to Come to the Taping of Our New Sitcom?

| Posted 03.04.2010 | Entertainment

I'm one of the executive producers of a new sitcom being developed for ABC called Freshmen. We are shooting the pilot next Friday and I'd love for you Los Angeles HuffPosters to come to the taping.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 03.07.2010 | Business

Friday night on Real Time, Bill Maher, Andrew Ross Sorkin, and I discussed Move Your Money. Andrew liked the idea, but worried that it might cause a run on the too-big-to-fail banks. It won't. But it's clear from what's happening in Washington that we need a citizens' intervention to reform our financial institutions. Creating a de facto Glass-Steagall by separating our government-guaranteed deposits from the casino/investment side of the banking industry is a great start. More people are reaching the same conclusion. A new poll found that 9 percent of Americans have already moved their money out of a big bank as a protest. And the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to require any bank doing business with the city to reinvest in the community. It's about time citizens and local governments inject some much-needed competition into our increasingly oligarchic banking system.

Is Undercover Boss the Most Subversive Show on Television?

| Posted 03.08.2010 | Media

Undercover Boss is the kind of popular entertainment that can start out as one thing but morph into something that turns a spotlight on just how out of touch America's corporate chiefs are.

This Month's Book Club Pick: The Road From Ruin Charts the Path to Capitalism 2.0

| Posted 03.10.2010 | Books

An open, orthodoxy-free conversation about how we can fix our broken financial system is exactly what we need. Reading The Road From Ruin -- and joining in our month-long discussion about it -- is a great way to start. READ MORE Is Undercover Boss the Most Subversive Show on Television? Undercover Boss is the kind of popular entertainment that can start out as one thing but morph into something that turns a spotlight on just how out of touch America's corporate chiefs are. READ MORE WATCH: Arianna Discusses the Final Push for a Public Option on The Ed Show LISTEN: Arianna Talks About Move Your Money on Public Radio's AirTalk WATCH: Arianna Weighs in on Massa's 'Wasted Hour' with Glenn Beck on AC360

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 03.14.2010 | Politics

Like Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th, the public option rose from the grave this week (instead of slashing teenage victims, it would slash health care costs). With zero input from the White House, 41 Senators have agreed to support a public option via reconciliation. Ryan Grim lays out how that can easily become 50 -- and Dick Durbin has promised to "aggressively whip" a health care bill that includes a public option. But Nancy Pelosi won't include it in the reconciliation package. Why? She claims it's because the Senate doesn't "have the votes" -- which could also be said about the House passing the Senate bill (Stupak, anyone?). So the Senate blames the House, the House blames the Senate, the White House acts as if it doesn't have a say in the matter, and the insurance companies -- lacking real competition -- keep laughing all the way to the bank.

"Dotcom" Turns 25: My Predictions for What Comes Next

| Posted 03.16.2010 | Technology

The first 25 years of .com have been a time of online miracles and I predict more explosive wonder ahead. The challenge will be to direct our creativity to solving our needs for more truth, more transparency, and more wisdom. READ MORE Celebrating Sen. Ted Kaufman, Accidental Leader Kaufman has emerged as one of the Senate's fiercest critics of Wall Street -- and is a shining example of what can happen if we remove money as a factor in our leaders' decision making. READ MORE WATCH: Arianna and Phil Angelides Discuss Financial Reform with Dylan Ratigan I will be on The McLaughlin Group this weekend, along with Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift and Monica Crowley. Check your local listings for air times.

Celebrating Sen. Ted Kaufman, Accidental Leader

| Posted 03.18.2010 | Politics

Sen. Ted Kaufman has emerged as one of the Senate's fiercest critics of Wall Street and a champion of the need to push for a serious rebooting of our financial system.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 03.21.2010 | Politics

This week, Virginia executed Paul Powell for murdering a 16-year-old girl and raping and attempting to murder her 14-year-old sister. Reading the details of the crime, your instinctive response is utter revulsion and a cry for justice to be done. But state-sanctioned killing -- unless it is for reasons of national security -- is not something we as a society should be doing. In America, 139 people on death row have been exonerated. And a study on death penalty appeals found two-thirds of all death sentences were overturned due to serious errors, including prosecutorial misconduct. Then there is the cost: it is much more expensive to execute a prisoner than to send him to prison for life. For example, California could save $125 million a year if it eliminated the death penalty. That's a lot of money for a state cutting social services to the bone. It's time for the death penalty to be put to death.

Health Care Post-Mortem: Dems Feel the Wind at Their Back, GOP Hoisted With Its Own Cynical Petard

| Posted 03.22.2010 | Politics

The lives of millions of Americans will be improved because of what the Democrats have done. The Republicans, meanwhile, have been hoisted with their own deeply cynical petard.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 03.28.2010 | Politics
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The GOP playbook on health care only had two lines: "scare people" and "make stuff up." The result was a resounding defeat. Republicans responded to the clanging wakeup call by...offering up more of the same. This week brought the petulant shutting down of Senate committees; a desperate attempt to turn a slip of the tongue by Rep. John Dingell into a totalitarian smoking gun; and Sarah Palin adorning her Facebook page with 20 gun sights, one for each of the Democrats "targeted" by her PAC. This craziness has consequences. Witness the threats and vandalism directed at Democratic lawmakers, and the Harris poll finding that 38 percent of Republicans say Obama is doing many things Hitler did, and 24 percent believe Obama might be the Antichrist. However flawed this poll -- even if the numbers are a fraction of these -- this is certifiable. And very troubling. To quote Joe Biden: This is a big effing deal.

When It Comes to Innovation, Is America Becoming a Third World Country?

| Posted 03.29.2010 | Technology

Once upon a time, the United States was the world's dominant innovator. But now, when it comes to our approach to innovation, we desperately need some innovation. Here are three good places to start.

The Imperative Need for America to Become an Innovation Nation

| Posted 03.31.2010 | Technology

John Kao’s Innovation Nation is both frightening and inspiring. Frightening because of the details it provides about the ways America is falling behind the rest of the world; inspiring because Kao imbues it with a sense of optimism and great possibility, reminding us of all the times -- including the response to Pearl Harbor and the launching of Sputnik -- America has rallied, marshalling its forces to innovate and meet great challenges. READ MORE When It Comes to Innovation, Is America Becoming a Third World Country? Once upon a time, the United States was the world's dominant innovator. But now, when it comes to our approach to innovation, we desperately need some innovation. Here are three good places to start. READ MORE