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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 03/2011

Why Peter Guber's Book Tell to Win Is a Game Changer

| Posted 03.01.2011 | Books

I've known and loved Peter Guber for many years, but that isn't the entire story of why I'm so excited about his new book. In fact, not only do I share his passionate belief in the power of narrative, I've based my entire career on it. READ MORE Bill Maher Saves the Oscars... At Least for Me: For my money, this year's Academy Awards telecast was the funniest in ages. No, not because of the show itself, but because I watched the show sitting next to Bill Maher at the Vanity Fair dinner at the Sunset Tower Hotel. Bill kept up a running commentary that put the on-screen patter to shame. READ MORE

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 03.06.2011 | Politics

This week saw the ongoing implosion of a once-likable figure who gave a crazy interview, refused to apologize, and made it worse the more he kept talking. I'm referring, of course, to Mike Huckabee (sorry, Charlie) -- who, in an interview with a birther radio host, repeatedly claimed that Obama's worldview, particularly "his view of the Brits," was shaped by "having grown up in Kenya." When it was pointed out that Obama never even visited Kenya until 1987, Huckabee claimed he'd misspoken and meant to say Indonesia -- even though it was a Dutch, not a British, colony. This pandering to the worst elements of the Obama-hating fringe is especially disappointing because Huckabee has previously dared to speak eloquently against immigrant bashing and in favor of poverty fighting. Now he'd rather channel his inner Dan Quayle and criticize unwed-but-pregnant Natalie Portman. Maybe he misspoke and meant to slam Bristol Palin.

International Women's Day: Life (and Work) Lessons Every Woman Should Learn

| Posted 03.08.2011 | World

I want to take this opportunity to mark International Women's Day by writing about the woman who had the greatest impact on my life -- my mother. She brought me up to believe that there was nothing I should be afraid to try while at the same time making it clear that she would love me not one iota less if I failed. READ MORE Bill Keller Accuses Me of "Aggregating" an Idea He Had Actually "Aggregated" From Me: In an exceptionally misinformed attack on HuffPost in a column released Thursday, Bill Keller, the executive editor of the New York Times, describes HuffPost's offerings as nothing more than "celebrity gossip, adorable kitten videos, posts from unpaid bloggers and news reports from other publications." I wonder what site he's been looking at. READ MORE

Bill Keller Accuses Me of "Aggregating" an Idea He Had Actually "Aggregated" From Me

| Posted 03.10.2011 | Media

In an exceptionally misinformed attack on HuffPost, Bill Keller describes HuffPost's offerings as nothing more than "celebrity gossip, adorable kitten videos, posts from unpaid bloggers and news reports from other publications." I wonder what site he's been looking at.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 03.13.2011 | Politics

This week, Newt Gingrich, exploring the possibility of launching a presidential exploratory committee, partially blamed his past marital infidelity on how "passionately" he felt about his country. In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker's effort to blame teachers, nurses, and trash collectors for his state's budget woes succeeded, as the state assembly voted to strip government workers of their collective bargaining rights. Walker apparently forgot to include that $140 million tax break he'd given corporations in his budget blame calculations. Elsewhere, Bill Keller's latest column got even worse pre-opening reviews than the Spiderman musical, and we have officially passed the expiration date on Charlie Sheen "Winning!" jokes. Of course, our thoughts and prayers remain focused on the devastation and suffering in Japan. Click here for information and links on all the ways you can help.

Biz Stone and the Power of Giving Back

| Posted 03.14.2011 | Impact

We've decided to kick off the first official week of the new Huffington Post Media Group at AOL with a "30-Day Service Challenge" to all AOL/HuffPost employees worldwide, encouraging them to find ways to give back to their local communities.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 03.20.2011 | Politics

This week's headlines were rightly dominated by news from Japan, Libya, and Bahrain. But developments on another international story -- Afghanistan -- also deserve our attention. Joining a growing list of Republican leaders, Haley Barbour took his first steps toward a possible 2012 run by sharply questioning our continuing presence in the country. This came on the heels of Mike Huckabee also distancing himself from the war. Of course, Barbour and Huckabee are actually catching up to the American people: a new poll showed that 64 percent of the public says the war in Afghanistan is no longer worth fighting. You know we've moved way beyond left vs. right on this issue when Afghanistan threatens to become an issue in 2012, with the GOP hopefuls staking out the anti-war position. Elsewhere, Gilbert Gottfried and Barbour spokesman Dan Turner were enshrined in the #waytoosoon hall of shame.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 03.27.2011 | World

I was in London this week, where the news was filled with images of Finance Minister George Osborne pausing outside 11 Downing Street with a replica of the red "budget box" that has been used to carry budget papers for the last 150 years. Inside the box: a new budget calling for the slashing of government programs and an embrace of massive debt reduction -- even while the British economy continues to sputter. The next morning, in an editorial meeting at the Guardian, I listened as story angles were discussed: economic growth is slower than expected; unemployment remains higher than expected; the deficit will be higher than expected. I had a real feeling of déjà vu from across the Atlantic, and I thought I might send over some of America's headlines from last year and save them the time and aggravation of coming up with new ones. Isn't it time for governments to expect their expectations to be wrong?

On Change, Disruptive Innovation, and the Problem With Paywalls

| Posted 03.31.2011 | Media

At last week's Changing Media Summit in London, sponsored by the Guardian, there was a mix of anxiety and excitement in the air. A rapidly changing ecosystem will do that.