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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 06/2010

Offshore Corporate Tax Havens: Why Are They Still Allowed?

| Posted 06.01.2010 | Business

The bracing reality that America has two sets of rules -- one for the corporate class and another for the middle class -- has never been more indisputable than now.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.06.2010 | Politics

Isn't it interesting how so many Gulf state Republicans are anti-big government -- until they need its help? It's "big government for me, but not for thee." You know what they say: a Republican is just a Democrat who hasn't been the victim of a catastrophic oil spill yet. The BP disaster is the inevitable result of the Bush-era habit of filling regulatory agencies with industry lobbyists and cronies. So this is a teachable moment. Just as Reagan put forth his grand, unifying theory that government is the problem, not the solution, Obama needs to seize this opportunity to reframe the debate and show how Corporations Gone Wild are the real problem. What we have now isn't free market capitalism, it's corrupt third world cronyism. Tony Hayward would like his life back. Well, Americans would like our democracy back.

Can Technology Forge a New Relationship Between Government and the Public?

| Posted 06.07.2010 | Technology

Watching the news, it's easy to conclude that "Yes We Can" has been replaced with, "Actually, On Second Thought... We Probably Can't." Nevertheless, there are reasons for optimism. One of these reasons is tech guru Tim O'Reilly.

Help, I Need a Five-Word Speech for the Webby Awards!

| Posted 06.11.2010 | Media

Monday night, HuffPost will receive a Webby Award. As is the tradition, Webby winners only get five words for their acceptance speeches - and I would love your input on what this year's five words should be.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.12.2010 | Business

After making a $209.8 billion profit since 2000, we're hearing talk about BP going bankrupt (the better to avoid fines and settlements, my dear), while the Chamber of Commerce is suggesting that taxpayers, not just BP, should be responsible for the cost of the Gulf clean up. Shades of the bank bailout mindset: privatized profits and socialized losses. BP has spent $55 million on lobbying in the last ten years, and contributed more than $3 million to candidates since 2000. Here's a thought: as well as making it quite clear that taxpayers should not be on the hook for one penny of the cost of the disaster, what if those politicians gave back the money, not to BP but to a fund to help those in the Gulf whose livelihoods have been destroyed by BP? It would be a great way to clean up that dirty money.

Five-Word Webby Speech: Coming Down to the Wire

| Posted 06.14.2010 | Media

On Friday, I asked for suggestions for the five-word acceptance speech I should give at tonight's Webby Awards. Your response has been tremendous, with over 3,000 suggestions so far. Some of our favorites include: "BP...show me your papers!" (submitted by whoamitosay), "Deregulation: the verdict is in" (from NewAmericanCenturySucks), "We only spill the truth" (Jordan VS), and "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs... get it?" (missy57). Our HuffPost team is still debating which one I should use, so check out more reader five-worders here, and let us know which one you prefer -- or, if you think you can do better, add a new suggestion of your own. I probably won't make a final decision until I'm walking up to the podium!

Announcing HuffPost Arts: The Curtain Goes Up

| Posted 06.16.2010 | Arts

I am delighted to announce the launch of HuffPost Arts. Like all of our sections, HuffPost Arts will bring you the latest news -- in this case on all things artistic and cultural.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.20.2010 | Politics

Tough to say who needs remedial PR training more, BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg, who this week referred to those affected by the Gulf catastrophe as "the small people" or Texas Rep. Joe Barton who used a high-profile hearing on the Hill to apologize to BP and accuse the White House of subjecting the company to "a shakedown." Svanberg quickly went into contrition mode, blaming his tone-deaf remark on a "slip in translation" (he's Swedish). Under pressure, Barton, who owns a natural gas well and has received nearly $1.5 million from oil and gas industry donors, apologized for his apology, saying: "If anything I've said this morning has been misconstrued... I want to apologize for that misconstruction." He should apologize for that sentence. Then, as penance, both men should translate their regret into reparations, contributing a big amount to "the small people" devastated by the disaster.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.27.2010 | Politics

A rolling stone gathers no moss, and this week a loose-tongued General got steamrolled by a paper one. President Obama did the right thing in canning McChrystal. But his appointment of David Petraeus bodes very badly for the July 2011 withdrawal start date. Last week, Petraeus hinted as much, telling Congress he would recommend delaying the withdrawal if conditions in Afghanistan didn't improve (and is there anyone left who thinks they will?). Petraeus Ex Machina got the president's backing: "We didn't say we'd be switching off the lights and closing the door behind us," the commander-in-chief told the nation. Something tells me that Obama - McChrystal + Petraeus = upping the ante in Afghanistan. We need to change the equation.

The Afghanistan Paradox: When the War's Defenders Make the Case for Why We Should Stay, They End Up Making the Case for Why We Should Go

| Posted 06.28.2010 | World

It's truly bizarre how many in Washington are describing the situation in Afghanistan accurately, but then fail to draw the most obvious conclusion based on what they've just said.