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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 04/2010

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.04.2010 | Politics

Happy Easter, HuffPosters! This week delivered a courageous ruling on the illegality of Bush's domestic wiretapping program; a cowardly example of attacking the messenger by those defending the Pope; and the bizarre revelations of bondage club expenditures by the RNC. The environmental scorecard showed both a victory and a head-scratching setback. The victory: the biggest-ever jump in fuel economy standards (fleets must average 35.5 mpg by 2016, up 30 percent from current standards). This is a smart and long overdue way of reducing America's dependence on foreign oil. The setback: the Obama administration's decision to allow offshore drilling for oil and gas in selected areas. This is a risky and shortsighted way of reducing America's dependence on foreign oil. Better to send fossil fuels the way of the dinosaurs that created them and focus on the alternative energy future. Innovate, baby, innovate!

Why the Fight for Financial Reform Needs to Get Much More Personal

| Posted 04.05.2010 | Business

When it comes to the fight over financial reform, Democrats are making the same mistake they did with health care: failing to put the effect reform would have on the lives of real Americans front and center.

Book Club Pick: Why 13 Bankers Is a Must-Read for Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, and Everyone Who Wants to Avoid Another Financial Crisis

| Posted 04.07.2010 | Books

13 Bankers is the rare book than can actually have an impact on the vital debate happening right now in Washington. READ MORE Why the Fight for Financial Reform Needs to Get Much More Personal When it comes to the fight over financial reform, Democrats are making the same mistake they did with health care: failing to put the effect reform would have on the lives of real Americans front and center. READ MORE Announcing HuffPost's Twitter Editions We are launching Twitter editions for each of our 19 sections -- a mash-up of breaking tweets and HuffPost stories that are attracting interest on Twitter. READ MORE WATCH: Arianna Discusses RNC's "Bondage-Gate" with Joy Behar WATCH: Arianna Spars with Rudy Giuliani Over Rubio, Kerik, and Waterboarding on Morning Joe

Tweet, Tweet: Announcing HuffPost's Twitter Editions

| Posted 04.08.2010 | Media

We are launching Twitter editions for each of our 19 sections -- a mash-up of breaking tweets and HuffPost stories that are attracting interest on Twitter.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.10.2010 | Politics

This week, President Obama signed the biggest nuclear arms reduction pact in a generation and released his Nuclear Posture Review. The response from the right was as bellicose as it was predictable. Among the most vocal critics were Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani. Can Palin also see Russia's missiles from her porch? Giuliani derided the idea of a nuclear-free world as "a 60-year dream of the left." The problem for him and all the other kneejerk critics is that this is a dream shared by that unrepentant lefty, Ronald Reagan, who wrote in his memoirs: "I never let my dream of a nuclear-free world fade from my mind." Reducing -- and ultimately eliminating -- nuclear weapons is not a right versus left issue. It is a sanity versus insanity issue.

The West Virginia Mining Disaster and the Financial Crisis Have the Same Root Cause

| Posted 04.12.2010 | Business

Both calamities occurred because elected officials who should have been creating a regulatory system instead created a system that protects the corporations it was meant to watch over.

Tea and Empathy: The Connection Between High Unemployment, Record Foreclosures, and Right Wing Rage

| Posted 04.15.2010 | Politics

Rage -- and talking about rage -- is all the rage these days. Hot on the heels of an outbreak of threats against members of Congress, this week broug...

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.17.2010 | Politics

For companies putting profits over people, paying fines for breaking the law has become part of the cost of doing business. So, in the week following the deadliest mining accident in 40 years, it was business as usual for Massey Energy: the company received 130 "significant and substantial" safety violations -- those that present a direct risk to the health and safety of workers. That's why it was great to hear the president raise the possibility of criminal prosecutions resulting from the West Virginia tragedy. He should do the same for Wall Street. Otherwise Goldman Sachs will end up writing a big check for its investment fraud and quickly return to gaming the system. Only criminal prosecutions will finally bring true accountability to corporate America and restore the moral underpinnings essential for a healthy free enterprise system.

Shorting The Middle Class: The Real Wall Street Crime

| Posted 04.19.2010 | Business

While the SEC suit is certainly big news in itself, more important is what it says about what the financial elite has been doing to America for the last 30 years: shorting the middle class. The American people were sold on the promise of never-ending prosperity while Wall Street was overseeing a massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the richest Americans. READ MORE Guns vs Butter 2010 We hear endless talk in Washington about belt-tightening and deficit reduction, but hardly a word about whether the $161 billion being spent this year to fight unnecessary wars of choice in Afghanistan and Iraq might be better spent helping embattled Americans here at home. READ MORE WATCH: The Economist Interviews Arianna: Is America Becoming a Third World Country?

Guns vs. Butter 2010

| Posted 04.22.2010 | World

The Bush-era rationale for our overseas misadventures was always: We'll fight 'em over there, so we don't have to fight 'em over here. Today, it seems, we're fighting to create jobs for 'em over there, while we don't have enough jobs for our people over here.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.25.2010 | Politics

In case you missed it, this week saw the launch of HuffPost Hill, our afternoon email newsletter covering the Washington political scene -- from what's happening on the Hill and who's in and who's out at the White House to the latest DC news and buzz. It's a new media spin on the old afternoon newspaper -- both a breezy and useful daily recap and a timely look at what's ahead -- made to be read on your handheld. You can sign up here. And if you, like the rest of the world, are getting lost in the complexity and opacity of the financial reform debate, let our new video editor Ben Craw be your guide through the myriad metaphors the media have used to explain things -- starting with the Goldman Sachs fraud case. And here's a link to his earlier video mashups.

Not All Jobs Are Created Equal: Why Wall Street's Gain Has Been America's Loss

| Posted 04.26.2010 | Business

It's time to start separating the real economy from the casino economy. And to make sure that with all the talk in Washington about "jobs," we don't let the platitudes become a substitute for urgently needed policies.

Introducing HuffPost Badges: Taking Our Community to the Next Level

| Posted 04.29.2010 | Technology

We are taking our community engagement to the next level, with a redesign of our comment section and the introduction of HuffPost Badges -- including "the Networker," "the Superuser," and "the Moderator."