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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 08/2010

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.01.2010 | Politics

This week, President Obama pushed back against his natural allies in civil rights groups and teachers' unions who have criticized his education policies -- particularly his Race to the Top initiative -- as anti-teacher and unfair to minorities. "Our goal isn't to fire or admonish teachers," he said. "Our goal is accountability." Teacher effectiveness is the single most important factor driving student performance. Yet, because of overly rigid union contacts, we cannot pay the best teachers more based on their performance -- and it's become next to impossible to fire even the worst teachers. Until we stop this insanity, our national report card will continue to be littered with Fs. The president should be applauded and given major leadership props for taking on this schlerotic status quo. This is what real, beyond-left-and-right bipartisanship looks like.

Sarah Palin, "Mama Grizzlies," Carl Jung, and the Power of Archetypes

| Posted 08.01.2010 | Politics

We are awash in crises right now -- crises that require smart and creative policy fixes. So why is Sarah Palin, who so rarely deals in policy fixes, so popular?

Arianna's Grammar Pet Peeve: The Apostrophe Crisis

| Posted 08.06.2010 | Books

Now I really hate to make such a big stink about a little squiggle. But sometimes a small thing like this can have much bigger ramifications.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.08.2010 | Politics

This week's news spotlight was captured by the judiciary, with the Senate's confirmation of Elena Kagan as the Supreme Court's 112th justice (and fourth woman), and federal judge Vaughn Walker's decision overturning California's ban on same-sex marriage. His 136-page ruling landed with the force of history being made. It felt less like a legal finding than another milestone on the road to a more perfect union -- another step in the long journey that has included the Emancipation Proclamation, the 19th amendment, Brown v. Board of Education, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Those who continue to oppose same-sex marriage are not just standing against the right of gays and lesbians to marry -- they are standing against the inevitable. When the case makes its way to the Supreme Court, will John Roberts' court want to position itself as a roadblock in the way of historic inevitability?

Third World America: Chronicling the Assault on America's Middle Class...and the Solutions

| Posted 08.09.2010 | Politics

From foreclosures to unemployment to household debt to bankruptcies, the American middle class is under assault -- and America is in danger of becoming a Third World nation.

WIE Need You

| Posted 08.10.2010 | World

The WIE Symposium is a collection of women coming together to share our ideas, our experiences -- and above all our passionate determination to play a part in making life better for other women around the world.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.15.2010 | Politics

Turns out the Republicans were against raising the deficit until they were for it -- at least when it comes to extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans (a move that comes with a budget price tag of $700 billion over the next decade). Whenever they are asked to explain the contradiction, the suddenly-plucked deficit hawks -- led by John Boehner -- fall back on the canard that if the Bush cuts are allowed to expire, more jobs will be lost. This reveals a total lack of understanding about how jobs are -- and aren't -- created. Hint: it has nothing to do with the personal tax rate of the people running the business. It has everything to do with demand -- from consumers, advertisers, government contracts, etc. When businesses have more demand, they hire more people. Simple. Maybe Boehner can skip a few rounds of golf and take an Economics 101 class.

Memo to America's Middle Class: Obama Is Just Not That Into You

| Posted 08.18.2010 | Politics

If Obama is going to do the right thing for America's middle class, it's going to take Hope 2.0 -- the people have to make him do it.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.22.2010 | World

I've been on vacation in Greece this week, regularly interrupted by bulletins about the dismal economic news back in America: bankruptcy filings at their highest since 2005; new unemployment claims surpassing 500,000. I was in the Ionian Islands when I read Paul Krugman's column about how we're engaging "in human sacrifices to appease the anger of invisible gods" -- allowing the obsession with deficit reduction to trump job creation. Surrounded by the monuments my ancestors built to appease the Greek gods, I found Krugman's analogy particularly chilling. The perverse priorities of "the apostles of austerity" were on display with the news that the U.S. is planning to turn much of the ongoing security work in Iraq over to private contractors -- a transition that will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. How come those demanding sacrifice from millions of Americans never seem to have a problem with writing that kind of check?

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.28.2010 | College

This week, I loaded up a U-Haul van to take my youngest daughter to college for her freshman year, and to help my older daughter get settled in for her junior year. It's a big transition, not just for them but for their mom, who will be an empty nester for the first time in 21 years. Our lives have been so consumed with the details of the move, there hasn't been much time to contemplate the emotional logistics. I thought long and hard about what my parting advice to them should be. I decided on, "get enough sleep!" Indeed, HuffPost College has launched a campaign urging students to replace the traditional "Freshman 15" (pounds), with the "Freshman 8" (hours of sleep). Check out Dr. Michael Breus's post on why this is so important, and these great tips on getting enough sleep in a dorm... without your mommy there to tuck you in.

Glenn Beck, President Obama, and the Hunger for Purpose in Times of Transition

| Posted 08.30.2010 | Politics

The president's stepping back from his promise to call us to a higher form of civic engagement means that a vacuum has been left during this historic moment of transition in America.