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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 06/2011

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics

This week gave us Weinergate, one of the more bizarre -- and double entendre-laden -- examples of the political axiom "it's not the crime, it's the cover-up" in memory... even if the "crime" in question was, at worse, actually just a monumental lapse in judgment. Indeed, in the age of sexting and Brett Favre's photographic oeuvre, Weiner's alleged crotch shot is downright Puritan. That said, most people, unlike Rep. Weiner, can "say with certitude" whether they have taken a photo of their nether regions. And, if they have, would surely be able to identify their privates. The incident warmed the hearts of pun-loving headline writers ("Weiner's Bulging Controversy") and provided a case study on how not to do damage control. Weiner is one of the smartest and most articulate politicians in Washington; watching him parse words, twist logic, and avoid direct answers is enough to make one pine for the days of Larry Craig's "wide stance."

Something We Can Say With Certitude: The Economy Stinks!

| Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics

Reacting to the latest round of depressing jobs numbers, the president said that it is just like "if you got hit by a truck, it's going to take a while for you to mend." You know what might help speed along the mending? Surgery.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.12.2011 | Huffington Post

Commitment and discipline -- specifically the decided lack thereof -- were front and center this week, thanks to the teary press conference crescendo of Weinergate and the sudden departure of Newt Gingrich's top campaign advisers. Team Gingrich was frustrated by their candidate's unwillingness to commit to an all-out effort in the early primary states, and the nonstop fundraising a presidential run requires. Newt's commitment issues were brought home when, just as his opponents were focusing on Iowa and New Hampshire, he took off on a two-week cruise in Greece. For Gingrich, the problem was being too out of touch; for Weiner, it was being way, way too in touch. Meanwhile, outgoing defense secretary Gates put a rhetorical fig leaf on the lack of commitment to the troop drawdown in Afghanistan, set to begin next month, saying "we've got to keep the pressure on" and "there will be no rush to the exits." Getting out of Afghanistan is a commitment the president ought to unequivocally keep.

The Internet Grows Up: Goodbye Messy Adolescence

| Posted 06.16.2011 | Media

The Internet has matured to the point where our online and our offline lives have merged. We're leaving behind worshiping at the altar of algorithms and entering a brave new world of community, connections and engagement.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics

This week, rioters took to the streets of Athens, Greece -- enraged by their government's economic austerity measures. In Canada, rioters took to the streets of Vancouver -- enraged by... the loss of a hockey game. Stateside, Anthony Weiner finally stepped down, joining the ranks of the unemployed -- a category multimillionaire Mitt Romney also claimed membership in, telling a group of unemployed Floridians who had just described their struggles finding a job, "I'm also unemployed." It was a moment the New York Times labeled "awkward" -- probably not a word you want associated with your presidential run (who can forget President Dukakis, President Gore, President Dole and President Kerry?). Of course, voters will forgive the occasional awkward moment -- but moments that are awkward and disconnected from reality? Not so much. Happy Father's Day to all our HuffPost Dads!

Afghanistan: A Case Study in How Much Easier It Is to Start a War Than to Finish One

| Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics

We know that it's easier to start a war than to finish one -- and we are seeing a case study of this in Afghanistan despite the fact that there's a clear, widespread, and growing consensus on the value of us getting out.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.26.2011 | Huffington Post

This week brought two high-profile examples of what has become the president's trademark approach to leadership -- "the fierce urgency of sometime later" -- as he kicked the proverbial can down the road on Afghanistan and gay marriage. On the former, his limited drawdown plan was derided as "cautious" -- not by anti-war activists, but by a GOP presidential candidate (Jon Huntsman). More evidence that opposition to our near-ten-year incursion there has moved way beyond left and right. On the latter, Obama once again stuck with his half-step positioning, refusing to endorse the then-still-pending New York bill on same-sex marriage while lauding the fight for "change that is lasting" -- a stance that continues to place him to the right of Dick Cheney. In both cases, the president is standing on the wrong side of history -- trailing behind the growing consensus of those he presumes to lead.

Postcard From Greece: This Should Not Be About Austerity, It's About The Future Of Democracy

| Posted 06.28.2011 | World

Given that the Greeks invented democracy, it's only fitting that they're now being given the chance to reinvent it. As I found out during my trip to Greece last week, those really are the stakes.