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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 09/2010

The Audacity of Taupe

| Posted 09.02.2010 | Style

The Obamas' redecoration of the Oval Office is very cautious, neutral, inoffensive, neither one thing nor the other -- the Audacity of Taupe. But I applaud the switch from flowers to a bowl of fruit on the new coffee table.

Crowdsourcing My Book Tour

| Posted 09.05.2010 | Impact

We are crowdsourcing part of my book tour. Click here to find out where I'm going to be speaking and how you can get your group, school, organization, or town on the schedule.

Third World America: Why I Wrote the Book and What We Need to Do to Save America's Middle Class

| Posted 09.06.2010 | Books

Third World America -- it's a jarring phrase, I know, but I decided to make that the title of my new book as a warning -- to make it clear that if we don't change course that could very well be our future.

Postcards From Third World America

| Posted 09.08.2010 | Books

The response to our idea of crowdsourcing part of my book tour has been remarkable. Some of the submissions suggesting a particular group, school, or community organization read like postcards from Third World America. Kelly Gallaher made the case for an event in Racine, Wisconsin, where "the unemployment rate within the urban areas is easily close to 50 percent," and HuffPost user shylocxs, an associate professor at East Tennessee State University, tells of students who seek a "college degree so they can get a good local job rather than working in McDonald's and take care of their families. And some of them still end up working in McDonald's." We are going to continue taking submissions for another week, so click here and hit the big blue "Participate" button to tell us about your group and why you think an event in your area would be useful.

Obama Insists He Made "The Right Decisions" on the Economy -- The Struggling Middle Class Begs to Differ

| Posted 09.09.2010 | Politics

In his otherwise excellent speech on Wednesday, the president showed that, when it comes to the plight of the middle class, he still doesn't get it. READ MORE Postcards From Third World America Third World America: Why I Wrote the Book and What We Need to Do to Save America's Middle Class WATCH: Arianna Tells Dylan Ratigan "It's Time For 'Hope 2.0'" WATCH: Arianna Weighs in on Media Coverage of Quran-Burning Pastor on CNN WATCH: Arianna Discusses Plight of the Middle Class on Good Morning America LISTEN: Arianna Talks Third World Nation on NPR's Talk of the Nation WATCH: Arianna Talks About Obama's Ohio Speech with Keith Olbermann WATCH: Arianna Discusses Her New Book 'Third World America' On Morning Joe WATCH: Arianna and Diane Sawyer Discuss What Needs to Be Done to Restore the American Dream

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.12.2010 | Politics

This week we learned that, when it comes to inflating a non-story into a leads-the-news story, the media has learned nothing since Falcon Heene's transformation into Balloon Boy. But, of course, Balloon Boy's saga didn't put American lives at risk, as did the elevation of the nutty ramblings of a certain Florida-based pastor whose name I've promised to never mention again. Since when do we give a national platform to the delusional ranting of a screw-loose extremist with fewer than 50 followers? There's a guy in Belleview who thinks he's Napoleon, but no one was leading the political chat shows with his plans for 9/11. With an unnecessary war raging in Afghanistan, Americans still being killed in Iraq, and millions struggling to make ends meet here at home, it's time for the media to beam back from bizarro world and put the spotlight where it belongs.

Third World Interactive: Let the Voting and the Meetups Begin!

| Posted 09.14.2010 | Books

Whether you're facing adversity as a result of the economic crisis or want to help those who are, the first step is finding each other. READ MORE Announcing HuffPost's 2010 Game Changers WATCH: Arianna Discusses The American Dream, Tea Party Clout With Jay Leno WATCH: Arianna Talks About the Crumbling Middle Class on PBS' Newshour WATCH: Arianna Discusses Green Jobs, Education on Democracy Now WATCH: Arianna on CSPAN's After Words with Maria Bartiromo WATCH: Arianna and George Will Disagree on Banks, Wall Street on ABC's This Week

Announcing HuffPost's 2010 Game Changers

| Posted 09.15.2010 | Huffington Post

I am delighted to announce HuffPost's 2010 Game Changers -- 100 innovators, mavericks, visionaries, and leaders who are changing the way we look at the world and the way we live in it.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.18.2010 | Politics

This week, Meg Whitman, running for governor of California, broke the record for personal spending on a campaign -- so far, she's donated to herself $119 million. I wonder if she regrets not using the Buy It Now option on eBay -- she probably could have gotten her campaign for a lot less. In Delaware, Christine O'Donnell's upset victory was a big boost to the Tea Party movement, Sarah Palin's clout as an endorser, and comedy writers everywhere. Karl Rove wasn't happy, so O'Donnell has to be doing something right. But, with all the problems we're facing, I'm not sure masturbation is as big an issue for most Americans as it seems to be for O'Donnell. And with unemployment so high, there are a lot of people sitting at home with time on their hands, looking for no-cost entertainment. Budget hawks rejoice: self-pleasure is deficit neutral.

Dear Angry American, Joining the Tea Party Is NOT Your Only Option

| Posted 09.22.2010 | Politics

The Tea Party is angry! Really, really angry. So we are told again and again by the media. What's missing from this narrative is the fact that everybody is angry -- even people who love the president.

Troubled Times: When Mark Zuckerberg's Inspiring, Courageous Generosity Is Not Good Enough

| Posted 09.23.2010 | Impact

I really don't care why Mark Zuckerberg is donating $100 million to improve the lives of Newark's children. I care very much that it's being done. READ MORE Dear Angry American, Joining the Tea Party Is NOT Your Only Option The Tea Party is angry! Really, really angry. So we are told again and again by the media. What's missing from this narrative is the fact that everybody is angry -- even people who love the president. READ MORE WATCH: Arianna Talks About Technology's Impact on Democracy at Clinton Global Initiative WATCH: Arianna Discusses Elizabeth Warren, Third World America with Tavis Smiley WATCH: Arianna Discusses Obama, Voter Anger on Hardball WATCH: Arianna Discusses Democrats' Tax Cuts Punt on Countdown

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.26.2010 | Politics

This week, Christine O'Donnell appeared on a national news show to announce that she wouldn't be appearing on any more national news shows. Sarah Palin surprised no one by telling Fox News she would run for president in 2012 "if nobody else wanted to step up." (Her problem is that even her base doesn't see her as Oval Office material: she came in fifth in the Values Voter Summit straw poll.) Also not surprising anyone: Senate Democrats, who, fearing GOP attack ads, decided to put off a vote on extending tax cuts until after the midterms. In better economic news, Larry Summers announced he'll be stepping down as director of the White House National Economic Council. I've always felt Summers was the wrong man for these troubled times -- a brilliant mind with toxic ideas.

Replacing Summers: Will Obama Please Wall Street or Struggling Americans?

| Posted 09.28.2010 | Politics

After two years of governing a country locked in economic misery, you'd hope that Obama and his economic team would've learned that what matters isn't the economic team's resume or what "signals are sent" to Wall Street.

Third World Interactive: Book Tour Winners and a Meetup Update

| Posted 09.30.2010 | Books

My book tour has officially been crowdsourced... and we have our winners!