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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 01/2011

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.02.2011 | Healthy Living

New Year's weekend is the perfect opportunity to clean out our internal hard drives, and begin to bring more balance to our lives (I don't know anyone who doesn't need more balance, so will someone please go ahead and create an app for that already?!). How about beginning with a list of three things you thought you would do one day but, realistically, you never will. You can just declare them complete. For example, I always wanted to learn German and be able to read many of my favorite authors in the original. But the truth is, I'm never going to. So I've declared learning German complete and crossed it off my list. By deleting things from your mind that you will one day, some day do, you're freeing up space to devote yourself to projects you are truly committed to. So what are you going to cross off your list to make room for all your New Year's resolutions as 2011 kicks into gear?

Boehner Speech Preview: Will He (Republican) Party Like It's 1995?

| Posted 01.03.2011 | Politics

As we get ready for John Boehner to take the gavel, I find myself thinking back to the last time a Republican speaker took control of the House from a Democrat -- and reflecting on how far down the wrong road we have traveled since then.

Arizona Shootings: Our Moment of Silence Needs to Be Followed by More Than Just Lowered Voices

| Posted 01.10.2011 | Politics

There are always going to be unbalanced people, just as there are always going to be viruses in our environment -- but what most determines whether those viruses make us sick is the strength of our immune system.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.16.2011 | Politics

Blood libels aside, this week was dominated by talk of ratcheting down the tone of our political discourse and upping the civility. But the president went further, asking us to "use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations" and "sharpen our instincts for empathy." And he went further still and defined the challenge ahead: "to constantly widen the circle of our concern so that we bequeath the American Dream to future generations." The State of the Union is a great opportunity to put flesh and blood on this challenge. The president needs to address both of the ways his administration proposes to "widen the circle of our concern," and the ways citizens can sharpen their instincts for empathy by reaching out to those in need -- rebuilding lives and communities. Without this combined effort, bequeathing the American Dream to future generations will remain just an eloquent rhetorical flourish.

The President, Christina-Taylor Green, and the Real State of the Union

| Posted 01.18.2011 | Politics

Wouldn't the way to honor Christina be to care enough for all the children that are still alive but trapped in lives of quiet desperation, homeless, enrolled in dysfunctional schools, living in inner cities where random violence is a daily occurrence?

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.23.2011 | Politics

This week, Silicon Valley rocked as Google turned the Page on Eric Schmidt, while Steve Jobs took another medical leave. And the media world was rocked when Keith Olbermann's Countdown hit 0. Elsewhere, Ricky Gervais kneed the Hollywood Foreign Press in its Golden Globes; Comcast became the proud owner of a Peacock; Sarah Palin sat down with Sean Hannity to tell him that she's "not going to sit down and shut up"; Barack Obama served Chinese at the White House; Joe Lieberman announced his retirement, then made us wish it wasn't two years away when he maintained that Saddam actually did have WMD; Gabby Giffords left the hospital for rehab; Citizens United turned one year old (next up: the GOP's attempt to repeal the presidential public financing system, putting elections even more in the hands of corporate donors); and JFK's "ask not" speech turned 50, its call to service as powerful -- and as needed -- as ever.

Davos Diary: Heading to the World Economic Forum at a Crossroads Moment for the World

| Posted 01.24.2011 | Business

From Davos to DC, it's clear that the world is in need of big ideas. Let's hope the president, and those business and government leaders gathering a continent away, rise to the challenge.

Davos Notes: State of the Union Shrugs, Burnout Davos Style, and the Spirit of RFK Hovers Above the CNBC Unemployment Debate

| Posted 01.26.2011 | Business

My day started with a debate focused on global employment. The most memorable part was a powerful video highlighting the global unemployment crisis. Watching it leaves you feeling like you have to do something before it's too late.

Davos Notes: Sugary Explosions, Embarrassing Dads, Genial Hosts, the Latest Microtrends, and a Comeback of Irrational Exuberance

| Posted 01.28.2011 | Business

At a great Emerging Microtrends dinner, the most fascinating microtrend that emerged was moving from knowledge to wisdom and insightfulness. In a Google-fueled world, knowing things is no longer as important as problem-solving. READ MORE Davos Notes: State of the Union Shrugs, and the Spirit of RFK Hovers Above the CNBC Unemployment Debate My day started with a debate focused on global employment. The most memorable part was a powerful video highlighting the crisis. Watching it leaves you feeling like you have to do something before it's too late. READ MORE Davos Diary: Heading to the World Economic Forum at a Crossroads Moment for the World From Davos to DC, it's clear that the world is in need of big ideas. Let's hope the president, and those business and government leaders gathering a continent away, rise to the challenge. READ MORE LISTEN: Arianna Discusses Davos on BBC Radio 4

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.29.2011 | Entertainment

At this week's State of the Union, President Obama succeeded in shifting the tone from "You Lie!" to what HuffPost's Howard Fineman called a "'Love Train' Moment." Hollywood should take note because no sooner were this year's Oscar nominations announced than the dirty politicking began, with charges that The King's Speech is historically inaccurate and that the sympathetic stuttering monarch at its center was actually a dim-witted Nazi appeaser. It used to be that we had to wait until an election year for negative campaigning, rumor-mongering, mud-slinging, and win-at-all-cost consultants. But, now, we get to be treated to these unseemly political staples every year come Oscar time. In past years, we saw similar mud being slung at A Beautiful Mind, and The Queen. What's next, rumors that Woody and Buzz from Toy Story 3 are secret lovers? The Academy clearly didn't get The New Civility memo.