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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 12/2010

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.04.2010 | Huffington Post

On Friday, President Obama spent four hours in Afghanistan, assuring the troops that they're winning the war against the Taliban. Unfortunately, that wasn't his only disconnect from reality. In a week in which the latest unemployment numbers proved that hopes of a recovery are wishful thinking, in which Congress refused to extend emergency unemployment benefits for 2 million of the long-term unemployed, and in which nearly 27 million Americans are out of work or underemployed, the conversation in Washington is all about the deficit and extending tax cuts for the nation's wealthiest two percent. And the White House promoted and enabled this disconnect when, months ago, it set up a Deficit Commission instead of a Jobs Commission. Welcome to the fierce lack of urgency of maybe some day but not now.

I Thought I Loved My BlackBerry Before, But HuffPost's New App Takes Things to a Whole New Level

| Posted 12.07.2010 | Technology

Anyone who knows me well... or even barely knows me... will attest to my profound attachment to my BlackBerrys. Indeed, the fact that there is an "s" at the end of that last sentence speaks volumes. That's why I'm so excited that HuffPost's new BlackBerry app is finally here.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.12.2010 | Huffington Post

This week, President Obama and Mitch McConnell played "Let's Make A Deal" on the Bush tax cuts, but House Democrats aren't sure "The Price Is Right" and passed a non-binding resolution opposing the bargain -- putting its passage in "Jeopardy!". When it comes to gays in the military, the Pentagon thinks it's best "To Tell The Truth," but the Senate refused to repeal DADT, preferring the "I've Got A Secret" status quo. Meanwhile, in the latest episode of "Tattletales," Julian Assange was arrested in a bizarre case involving "sex by surprise" and having sex with a broken condom -- which certainly puts a whole other spin on the concept of WikiLeaks. Where is Bert Convy when you need him? Elsewhere, I tried to sell Conan on the concept of trading "Casual Fridays" for "Jeggings Fridays."

The Media Gets It Wrong on WikiLeaks: It's About Broken Trust, Not Broken Condoms

| Posted 12.15.2010 | Media

When it comes to WikiLeaks, much of media has planted its flag on the wrong side of the secrecy battle. The government's legitimate need for secrecy is very different from the government's desire to get away with hiding the truth.

The Goods: Visit HuffPost Impact's Online Store for Shopping With a Higher Purpose

| Posted 12.18.2010 | Impact

For the second holiday season in a row, the HuffPost Impact team and our partners at Causecast have put together The Goods -- an online store where goods and services for those in need can be purchased in the name of your friends and family members.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.19.2010 | Huffington Post

(SANTIAGO, CHILE) A surprising number of the conservatives I've met here -- starting with President Piñera -- talk about the goal of eliminating poverty in their country by the end of the decade. The number of U.S. politicians -- including liberal ones -- eager to have that conversation has been dwindling, even as the number of Americans living below the poverty line has been growing (it's now 1 in 7). Piñera exudes a sense of urgency, as though there is not a moment to waste. His line of attack mirrors the approach he took with the trapped Chilean miners. His experts offered him three different strategies to try to get them out. Do all three at the same time, he ordered. "That," he told me, "is what I would do if it were my children in the mine." How different things might be here if our leaders took the same approach to the millions of Americans trapped by the economic crisis.

South American Diary, Chile: More Than Miners Are Being Rescued

| Posted 12.21.2010 | World

My South American trip is in full swing and, again and again, I've been struck by the way that Chile and Brazil, the two countries I'm visiting, have, on key issues, transcended the tired division between left and right the United States seems hopelessly mired in. Chile is led by a president from the right, Brazil by a president from the left. But both have gone beyond stereotypes and shibboleths in order to tackle hard problems. My first stop was Santiago, Chile, where I interviewed President Sebastián Piñera. Piñera is the third richest man in Chile; a former professor with a Ph.D. from Harvard; and the first right-wing president Chileans have elected in the two decades since Pinochet. So it's surprising to learn that his signature goal is the elimination of poverty. "By the end of the decade," he tells me, "we want to have closed the gap in income between rich and poor."

It Might Be Time to Rebrand It the South American Dream

| Posted 12.22.2010 | World

In many ways Brazil has become like a photo negative of America. Brazilians are increasingly living the American Dream of upward mobility, while nearly two-thirds of Americans no longer believe their children will live better lives than they did.

A Great Way to Spread the Christmas Spirit

| Posted 12.24.2010 | Impact

Merry Christmas, HuffPosters. This year's It's A Wonderful Life Award goes to Gregory Schauer, the unemployed man who demonstrated the true Christmas spirit by taking in a homeless woman and her three children for the holidays. Remarkably, when we contacted Greg to tell him about all the people who had written in offering to help him, he told us: "Please let them know that the best thing they can do is pass it on so to speak. Instead of sending me anything, call a shelter, sponsor a family for Christmas, give to the food pantries, spread the spirit of Christmas to as many people as they can." So, in Greg's honor, please go to The Goods, our online store featuring goods and services for those in need, and make a purchase in Greg's name (See full post for details on how -- my choice was to help pay the rent of a family in need in Greg's name).

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.26.2010 | Politics

This week, the supposedly lame duck Congress and shellac-shocked president came together and produced a flurry of good legislation. The repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell is another step on our path towards a more perfect union. The START Treaty should have been a no-brainer (is there anyone outside of Tehran or Pyongyang in favor of more nukes?) but is nonetheless a solid national security success. And the passage of a diminished bill covering the health costs of 9/11 first responders is, literally, the least we could do for them. So the president has earned his vacation. But when he gets back from Hawaii, he needs to make sure that he puts job creation and the plight of the nearly 27 million Americans out of work or underemployed front and center, and doesn't get caught up in the political and financial establishment's focus on the deficit. Let's not rearrange the furniture while the economic house goes up in flames.

Museums 2.0: What Happens When Great Art Meets New Media?

| Posted 12.27.2010 | Arts

Museums deliver what has become increasingly rare in our world: the opportunity to disconnect from our hyper-connected lives, and the possibility of wonder.

Last Year, Next Year

| Posted 12.31.2010 | Healthy Living

Happy New Year, HuffPosters! As we're sweeping up the confetti, let's raise a final glass to 2010. Amidst the disasters, the acrimony and the "recovery, what recovery?" economy, there was still much to celebrate. It was another exciting year at HuffPost as we continued to grow and evolve. There were new sections (hello Travel, Religion, Health, Education, Divorce, Food, College, Arts), and new ways to experience HuffPost on the go (hello, iPad app). And there's more to come next year: more sections, more original video and more HuffPost reporters covering everything from politics to business to popular culture -- with an emphasis on storytelling and putting flesh and blood on the data. Personally, I watched my youngest daughter join her sister in college and crisscrossed the country on a book tour (with many detours to visit the daughters in college!). On the road, I marveled at the resilience and ingenuity I encountered as people throughout America take it upon themselves to reconnect to those in need and rebuild their communities. Here's to a wonderful 2011, full of love, compassion, creativity and surprises!