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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 07/2011

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics

This week, economic tremors continued to rattle the world. In Greece, despite ongoing protests, the government passed harsh austerity measures. Closer to home, California passed a budget with deep cuts to social safety net programs and the state's once-vaunted higher education system. And, in Minnesota, a budget impasse forced the government to begin furloughing state workers and shutting down services, including state parks -- just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend. Minnesota Republicans, who rejected Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's revenue proposals, are obviously not familiar with the new Harvard study, which found that kids who attend July 4 celebrations are more likely to become Republicans later in life. One less 4th of July picnic in the park; one less future Bachmann voter.

Introducing HuffPost UK... And Why We're Excited to Be Joining Your Thriving, Innovative Media Culture

| Posted 07.06.2011 | UK

We are arriving in the UK in the midst of a rich and thriving media culture marked by great innovation. We look forward to adding HuffPost UK to the mix.

Crashing The Silicon Ceiling: Introducing HuffPost's "Women In Tech" Series

| Posted 07.06.2011 | Technology

The tech sector has traditionally been a boy's club. But a growing number of women are disregarding the "No Girls Allowed" sign and are not only infiltrating the tech world -- but, increasingly, influencing and leading it.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.10.2011 | Huffington Post

This week, as I was in London for the launch of HuffPost UK, Britain's phone hacking scandal mushroomed from journalistic black-eye to a crisis engulfing the UK's most powerful institutions. You know a scandal has reached critical mass when people start asking of those at the top: "What did you know and when did you know it?" So far, Rupert Murdoch is standing by right-hand gal Rebekah Brooks, while David Cameron, who is close to Brooks and had made the now-arrested former News of the World editor Andy Coulson his communications director, felt compelled to toss his chums under the double-decker bus. Big Society, small world. Although filled with journalists behaving badly, it's important to remember that it was journalists, especially the Guardian's Nick Davies and Amelia Hill, who diligently stuck with this story for years and brought it to light -- something the political elite and the paid-off police wouldn't do. Keep checking out HuffPost UK for the latest twists and turns.

On Snow Flower, Female Friendship, And The Madness Of High Heels

| Posted 07.10.2011 | Women

When I saw an early screening of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, I was deeply moved by the passionate way it evokes the power of female friendship.

On 'Snow Flower', Female Friendship, and the Madness of High Heels

| Posted 07.11.2011 | UK Style

I recently saw a screening of "Snow Flower", a film produced by Wendi Deng Murdoch and Florence Stone and directed by Wayne Wang (who also did "The Joy Luck Club"). The movie chronicles the friendship of two girls in 19th-Century China, and the bond between two of their descendants in present day Shanghai. It's a powerful examination of female friendship, but as I was watching the scene about the cruel tradition of bound feet, I had my own time-shift jump to the present day, thinking about what we women are inflicting on our feet and on ourselves, in the form of impossibly high heels in even the most unlikely of circumstances. In this instance, we do the binding ourselves -- and pay a lot of money for it!

It's Triplets! Introducing HuffPost Culture, HuffPost Celebrity, and HuffPost San Francisco

| Posted 07.13.2011 | Media

They say good things come in threes, and in that spirit, I'm delighted to announce three great additions to the Huffington Post: HuffPost Culture, HuffPost Celebrity, and HuffPost San Francisco.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics

Harry Potter mania is in full effect this week, with the arrival of the blockbuster series' final cinematic installment. As the ubiquitous movie posters say, "It All Ends." Here in the Muggle world, a similar dark sense of finality hangs over the swirling debt ceiling debate, with its looming August 2 deadline. In that drama, DC's lead actors have been slipping in and out of character. President Obama -- who has announced his interest in starring in a sequel of his own -- signaled his willingness to accept draconian spending cuts, while Mitch McConnell couched his Snape-like approach in "crassly political terms," flatly declaring: "I refuse to help Barack Obama get reelected." Meanwhile, with the emphasis on debt reduction, another week passed without the stars of the show tackling the jobs crisis -- or, as it's known in Washington, "That Which Shall Not Be Prioritized."

From DSK to BSkyB: Media Takeaways From the Latest Round of Scandals

| Posted 07.20.2011 | Media

It's worth noting that the media organization at the center of the phone hacking scandal unfolding in the UK isn't some new media upstart or unsupervised blogger of the sort the traditional media are always wringing their hands over.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics

This week, Norway's peace was shattered by homegrown terror; the Murdochs dodged inquiries -- and a pie -- in Parliament; and Michele Bachmann's migraines gave her campaign a splitting headache. In Washington, the "Grand Bargain" on the debt ceiling fell apart, leading President Obama to lament being "left at the altar" and John Boehner to blame the failure on "different visions for our country." But, in truth, neither side is addressing the simple mathematical reality that we will never be able to reduce the deficit unless we prioritize growth. Trying to eliminate our debt by spending cuts that will reduce consumer demand and tax revenues, and prolong the recession, is like deciding to remove the gas tank from a stalled car and hope for the best instead of restarting it with jumper cables. Elsewhere, today is the first day gays can marry in New York so, unlike the "left at the altar" president, same-sex couples will finally be able to tie the knot. Congratulations, newlyweds!

The Debt Ceiling Impasse: The Myth of Grand Bargains and Win-Win Unicorns

| Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

There is still no deal in the debt ceiling impasse between Congressional Republicans and the president, so we can't say who "won." But we can definitely say who lost: America.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics

This week, as the debt ceiling debate inched its way closer to the Aug. 2 deadline, the acrimony became internecine, with former GOP standard-bearer John McCain deriding Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell, and "Tea Party hobbits," and one-time Tea Party poster boy Allen West bemoaning the faction's debt ceiling "schizophrenia." Cut, Cap, and Bicker. This week also saw the funerals of two very different artists: Amy Winehouse, a talented but troubled performer, who died at 27 (joining Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, and Cobain in a "forever" club you definitely don't want to be a member of), and Michael Cacoyannis, the 90-year-old director of my all-time favorite life-affirming film, Zorba the Greek. Winehouse's untimely passing drew worldwide attention, her legacy destined to be a cautionary tale; Cacoyannis, who died in my hometown of Athens, went quietly. But both deaths, in very different ways, remind us of Zorba's message to live each moment fully.

Love, Sex, Careers, and Modern Parenting: Introducing HuffPost Women and HuffPost Parents (Plus, We Reach a Cool Community Milestone!)

| Posted 07.31.2011 | Women

So much of the news and information directed at women these days seems determined to make us feel that our lives are somehow lacking. Not at HuffPost Women, which is designed to be a place where women can come to be informed, inspired, entertained, and celebrated.