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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 05/2011

Local Voices: Hyperlocal Blogging Comes to Patch

| Posted 05.04.2011 | Media

This week, we launched a great new chapter for -- we are welcoming new bloggers to Patch sites around the country through our new Local Voices blog feature. Local Voices will complement Patch's original reporting, allowing members of each community to speak up and speak out to their neighbors -- whether they're across town, a block away, or two doors down. READ MORE The Bin Laden Bounce: How Will Obama Use This Moment of Unexpected Unity? The mission to bring Osama bin Laden to justice was a great victory and a testament to the brave soldiers who carried it out. And it came at a time when such clear and present victories no longer seemed possible. But there's no reason why this sense of tangible achievement must end in Abbottabad. READ MORE WATCH: Arianna Discusses Obama, Trump, Seth Meyers And More On This Week

The Bin Laden Bounce: How Will Obama Use This Moment of Unexpected Unity?

| Posted 05.04.2011 | Politics

Coming at a time in which the country is all but paralyzed politically, there is tremendous spillover power in this accomplishment. Can this real and tangible victory produce conditions that can lead to more successes?

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 05.08.2011 | Healthy Living

I'm celebrating Mother's Day with my two daughters while discussing with them Peggy Drexler's powerful and moving book about the relationship between fathers and daughters (Our Fathers, Ourselves) and remembering my own mother who passed away eleven years ago but remains the foundation of my life -- her fearlessness, her sense of adventure, her ability to find joy in the most commonplace things still guiding me. "Don't miss the moment," she kept reminding me. Her unconditional loving was her greatest gift to me, and the greatest gift we can all give to our children. Happy Mother's Day, moms! And to all the fathers, we love you too -- especially after reading Peggy's book.

If "America Can Do Whatever We Set Our Mind To," How Come Our Leaders Won't Set Their Minds on Jobs?

| Posted 05.10.2011 | Politics

"We do big things," President Obama said during his State of the Union speech in January. And, in fact, we do. Sometimes. Finding and dispatching Osama bin Laden certainly qualifies. But what about the jobs crisis at home?

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 05.15.2011 | Politics

This week, talk radio pundits, desperate to turn the conversation away from the success of the bin Laden mission, worked themselves into a faux lather over the Obamas inviting Common to appear at a White House poetry night. Thankfully, the Ghost of Sister Souljah Moments Past did not make an appearance at the event. Elsewhere, troubled marriages grabbed the headlines, with news of Arnold and Maria's separation, the Senate Ethics Committee's scathing report on John Ensign's sordid conduct, and thrice-wed Newt Gingrich's announcement that he was running for president. Meanwhile, joke writers all across America rejoiced with word of the extensive collection of porn found at Osama's Abbottabad compound (insert burka double entendre here). On a personal note, my youngest daughter officially says farewell to her teen years today -- Happy 20th birthday, Isabella!

Introducing AOL Healthy Living: More of What You Need to Live a Healthier, Happier Life

| Posted 05.16.2011 | Healthy Living

We've launched AOL Healthy Living as a one-stop shop that will inform, enlighten, engage, and inspire you to make more educated decisions about your health. READ MORE Dear Class of 2011: Good Luck... You're Really Going to Need It!: Despite commencement speeches they'll hear, for many of the graduates spilling into the job market throughout the nation, there isn't going to be much to commence. Economically at least, this is an especially rough time to be graduating from college. READ MORE Friday morning, I gave the commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College. Here is the video:

Dear Class Of 2011: Good Luck... You're Really Going To Need It!

| Posted 05.18.2011 | Huffington Post

Despite commencement speeches they'll hear, for many of the graduates spilling into the job market throughout the nation, there isn't going to be much to commence. Economically at least, this is an especially rough time to be graduating from college.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 05.22.2011 | Politics

If you are reading this Sunday Roundup, it means that those Rapture-ready believers predicting that Saturday would be Judgment Day were wrong. But earlier this week, a different kind of judgment day did arrive, in the form of the first comprehensive report on last year's Upper Big Branch mine disaster, which killed 29 workers. And a damning judgment it was, placing blame squarely on the mine's owner, and calling the tragedy "a cautionary tale of hubris." The same verdict could be applied to Dominique Strauss-Kahn who, on course to become president of France, felt entitled to take a detour to a hotel sexual assault. Paired with the latest news about the equally hubristic former governor of California, it made one long for more women leaders -- who, if you notice, never seem to find themselves accused of attempted rape or forced to admit to having a child with the household help.

On Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Shakespeare, and the Enemy in the Mirror

| Posted 05.24.2011 | Politics

In times of economic stress, there is a tendency to look for the cause of problems in some identifiable "other" group, race, religion or country. But perhaps Pogo had it right: "We have met the enemy and he is us."

HuffPost Goes International: Introducing HuffPost Canada

| Posted 05.26.2011 | Canada

One of the things that most excited me about our merger with AOL was how it would allow us to reach our goals much, much faster. Three months later, I'm delighted to announce the launch of our first international version: Welcome to HuffPost Canada.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics

This week Bibi Netanyahu addressed Congress; President Obama extended the Patriot Act for another four years; prosecutors moved another step closer to indicting John Edwards for misusing campaign funds to cover up his affair with Rielle Hunter; and Newt Gingrich scrambled to reconcile his claims of being "very frugal" with his $500,000 revolving line of credit at Tiffany. Meanwhile, in a political version of The Hangover sequel, the GOP's leadership, drunk on Tea (Party), did something wild and crazy -- creating a plan to gut and privatize Medicare, and pressuring elected Republicans to vote for it -- only to wake up in New York's 26th District with a pounding morning-after headache. If Democrats don't provide a cure by agreeing to deep cuts in Medicare as part of a deal to raise the government's debt ceiling, this GOP hangover could last until November 2012.

Memorial Day Lessons From Darwin, Virginia Woolf, and Altruistic Squirrels

| Posted 05.30.2011 | College

This weekend, I learned of squirrels whose behavior offers scientific proof of the evolutionary basis of altruism. It was a lesson especially worth remembering on a weekend devoted to recalling the sacrifice of those who have given their lives in defense of ours.