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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 04/2011

A Word About Digital Subscriptions to The Huffington Post

| Posted 04.01.2011 | Media

Today marks a significant transition for The Huffington Post Media Group, as we introduce digital subscriptions for employees of The New York Times. It's an important step that we hope you will see as an investment in The Huffington Post. If you are not an employee of The New York Times, you will continue to have full and free access to our news, information, opinion, and the rest of our rich offerings. If you are an employee of The Times, you may view one free article a month or choose one of our NYT Employee Digital Subscription Plans®. In our most popular plan, Times employees can view the first 6 letters of each word at no charge (including slideshows of adorable kittens). After 6 letters, we will ask you to become a digital subscriber. Click here to read how this will work.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.03.2011 | Politics

This week brought a slew of April Fools' jokes from our media brethren. Hulu remade its page to look like it was 1996 -- ancient history in Internet terms. Google introduced "Gmail motion," a tool that allows users to send emails by using their body. YouTube offered the top 5 viral videos of 1911. And we had a little fun of our own. There were also a number of stories that felt like April Fools' jokes but, unfortunately, were all too real. There was Donald Trump doubling down on Birther-ism, releasing his birth certificate and calling for the president to release his; pastor/kook Terry Jones finally burning a Quran and igniting violent protests in Afghanistan that led to the killing of a dozen people, including seven UN workers. And there was our nation's capital -- a town full of true April fools -- still obsessed with spending cuts in the midst of a recession.

Companies and Causes: Social Media Jumpstart a Marketing Revolution

| Posted 04.06.2011 | Impact

Twitter's Adam Bain recently said that the three best ways to monetize a product are humor, huge deals and humanity. If focusing on humanity is now seen as not just good for humanity but also for the bottom line, that is a huge deal!

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.10.2011 | Politics

After six grueling weeks of playing Government Shutdown Chicken, President Obama, Harry Reid, and John Boehner all blinked, then went to their respective corners to celebrate. Boehner, holding up $38.5 billion in spending cuts -- and a provision banning the use of government funds to pay for abortions in the nation's capital -- was cheered by the GOP caucus. Reid, having kept the Republican axe from falling on Planned Parenthood and environmental regulations, deemed the deal "historic." And Obama wrapped the agreement in the mantle of all-American cooperation: "Americans of different beliefs came together again." Meanwhile, non-Beltway-locked Americans looked on with incredulity at the irrelevance of a budget battle that won't create jobs, won't improve the economy, and will barely move the needle on delivering a balanced budget. Memo to the president: You show leadership by producing a good economy, not hailing a compromise that will actually hobble the economy.

Military Families Week: Putting the Spotlight on the Sacrifices of Those Left Behind

| Posted 04.12.2011 | Impact

We are making this Military Families Week at The AOL Huffington Post Media Group. The goal is to honor our military families, remind us of their sacrifices, provide them with employment resources, and let our readers know different ways they can help. READ MORE About That Lawsuit...: The lawsuit filed Tuesday by Jonathan Tasini is so utterly without merit, and has been so thoroughly eviscerated in the media, I am hesitant to take any time away from aggregating adorable kitten videos to respond. READ MORE The Webbys Turn 15: Time to Vote for This Year's Favorites WATCH: Arianna Discusses Media and Tech During TechCrunch Roundtable WATCH: Arianna Gives Keynote at AdTech

The Webbys Turn 15: Time to Vote for This Year's Favorites

| Posted 04.12.2011 | Media

The Webbys have, since 1997, served as a snapshot of the Internet zeitgeist, capturing the best of what the exploding online universe has offered up each year. Now it's time to vote for this year's favorites.

About That Lawsuit...

| Posted 04.13.2011 | Media

The lawsuit filed Tuesday by Jonathan Tasini is so utterly without merit, and has been so thoroughly eviscerated in the media, I am hesitant to take any time away from aggregating adorable kitten videos to respond.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.17.2011 | Politics

Mitt Romney formed a presidential exploratory committee this week. So did Rick Santorum. The pair joined fellow Republicans Tim Pawlenty and former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, who have previously gone the exploratory committee route, and Newt Gingrich who, in early March, launched "Newt Explore 2012," a website that proclaims he is "excited about exploring" the idea of running for president. I guess that means that likely-but-not-yet-in candidates Mike Huckabee, Michele Bachmann, Haley Barbour, Jon Huntsman, Mitch Daniels, and Sarah Palin are exploring the idea of exploring the idea of an exploratory committee. Since when did all this political Lewis and Clarking become the norm of running for president? It's like announcing that you're forming a committee to see if you want to marry your girlfriend. Either you want to commit or you don't. Why would we want to support a candidate who needs to explore whether he or she wants to lead us?

Barack Obama's Memento Presidency

| Posted 04.19.2011 | Politics

Obama is now making strong promises he's already broken. He's like a political version of the Guy Pearce character in Memento -- he's figured out a way to break promises outside of the limitations of linear time.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.24.2011 | Travel

This week, in the wake of reports of air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced that controllers will now get an extra hour of sleep between day and night shifts. But he insisted that, unlike their counterparts in Canada and Germany, U.S. controllers would not be allowed to take naps during their scheduled breaks: "On my watch, controllers will not be paid to take naps." No, they'll be paid to drink coffee, check their emails and grab a smoke. At our offices, we have a pair of napping rooms -- christened Napquest I and Napquest II -- where sleepy editors and reporters can refresh and recharge. Shouldn't those making sure planes take off and land safely be given the same option? As someone who flies a lot, I much prefer the idea of paid naps than of bleary-eyed, sleep-deprived air traffic controllers. We'll even save a few slots in our Napquest rooms.

By Accepting the Conventional Wisdom on the Deficit, Obama Is Ignoring the Lessons of 2008

| Posted 04.26.2011 | Politics

Obama didn't win in 2008 by swerving to the middle. Instead of fighting for the ever-dwindling number of swing voters, Obama fought to win over the much larger number of voters who had turned their backs on the process.