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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 08/2011

Introducing HuffPost BlackVoices: Covering Black America's Split-Screen Reality

| Posted 08.04.2011 | Black Voices

I often feel that we are living in a split-screen world, where what part of the screen you are looking at will determine your perception of where things stand. And nowhere is this more pronounced than in the African-American community.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics

This week, the United States had its credit rating downgraded from AAA to AA-plus, making our nation the financial equivalent of the short, fat, bald, masked guy in those FreeScore.com commercials. In announcing the downgrade, Standard & Poor's cited "the difficulties of bridging the gulf between the political parties" over reducing the deficit, and indicated they wanted even more spending cuts from Congress -- joining the misguided consensus that completely misses the fact that economic growth is the most powerful weapon against the deficit. The White House challenged S&P's analysis, claiming it was off by trillions of dollars. Maybe the ratings agency was using the same math it had when it helped create the fiscal crisis we are still struggling to get out of by awarding AAA ratings to trillions of dollars in subprime mortgages repackaged as securities.

Dispatches From the Changing American Dream: Expanding the National Conversation

| Posted 08.09.2011 | Impact

Our politicians have chosen to narrow their imaginations, but they can't narrow ours. Even if we can't control how Washington responds to our problems, we still have control over how we respond to them.

Hola: Introducing HuffPost LatinoVoices

| Posted 08.11.2011 | Latino Voices

These are really challenging times for millions of Latinos. But as an immigrant to this country I know that the immigrant spirit and resilience that are at the heart of the American experience can help us all overcome whatever obstacles lie ahead and truly move mountains. READ MORE Dispatches From the Changing American Dream: Expanding the National Conversation: Our politicians have chosen to narrow their imaginations, but they can't narrow ours. Even if we can't control how Washington responds to our problems, we still have control over how we respond to them. READ MORE

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics

This week, the continuing riots in London once again demonstrated the power of social media, for good and for bad: rioters used BlackBerry Messenger to organize their mayhem, but @riotcleanup on Twitter has drawn throngs of people to efforts to restore ravaged neighborhoods. In Wisconsin, voters gave walking papers to two Walker-aligned GOP state senators, but Democrats fell short of recalling the three Republicans needed to take control. In Iowa, all the GOP candidates indicated they would reject a hypothetical deficit reduction deal with a spending cut vs. revenue increase ratio of 10 to 1 -- even following a week in which jittery investors on Wall Street sent a clear message that they are more worried about a weak economy than reducing the deficit. And, in Washington, the announcement of the members of the Congressional debt-reduction "super committee" proved that truth in labeling laws don't apply to politics.

Why America Is Deeply In Need Of A Good Hedgehog

| Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics

Right now, with the country in crisis mode, the American people sense that our problems can't be solved by foxy spinning, triangulating, slicing and dicing, and tinkering at the edges. They are longing for a hedgehog at the helm, with an "unchanging, all embracing... unitary inner vision."

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics

This week, Texas Governor Rick Perry blustered his way into the thick of the GOP presidential race, racking up national exposure and controversial statements with equal swiftness. He referred to evolution as "a theory that is out there"; knocked Social Security as little more than a "Ponzi Scheme"; and derided worries about climate change, saying climates have "been changing ever since the earth was formed" (when pressed on when, exactly, that occurred, he would only say that the planet is "pretty old"). But the Perry quote of the week had to be his warning that should Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke come down to the governor's home state, Texans "would treat him pretty ugly." Pretty old, pretty ugly... pretty scary. And on the pretty geeky side of the news ledger, it was announced that "retweet" and "sexting" have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. No word on whether @RepWeiner feels validated.

What I Did (and Didn't Do) On My Summer Vacation

| Posted 08.21.2011 | Travel

This summer, with all of HuffPost's new launches and international expansions, I've had no time for a "traditional" vacation. My travel-less vacation has been a lovely reminder that when it comes to travel, the journey to knowledge and adventure need not be long. READ MORE WIE 2011: Connecting With the Next Generation of Women Leaders: This year's WIE Symposium (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise) promises to be even better than last year's, with an amazing lineup of speakers, honorees, and participants all sharing our ideas, our experiences, and our desire to help make life better for women around the world. READ MORE The MLK Monument: A Reminder of Dreams Yet Unfulfilled: The opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument couldn't come at a more opportune time. Hopefully it will refocus our attention on the principles he stood for, inspiring all Americans to tap into the better angels he was guided by. READ MORE

WIE 2011: Connecting With the Next Generation of Women Leaders

| Posted 08.23.2011 | Women

This year's WIE Symposium (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise) promises to be even better than last year's, with an amazing lineup of speakers, honorees, and participants all sharing our ideas, our experiences, and our desire to help make life better for women around the world.

The MLK Monument: A Reminder of Dreams Yet Unfulfilled

| Posted 08.25.2011 | Politics

The opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument couldn't come at a more opportune time. Hopefully it will refocus our attention on the principles he stood for, inspiring all Americans to tap into the better angels he was guided by.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics

This week, natural disasters and national monuments came together to make news. First, Tuesday's earthquake caused cracks in the Washington Monument, something Pat Robertson interpreted as a sign that Jesus is coming. Then, worries about Hurricane Irene caused the postponement of today's official dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial. The arc of the moral universe is not only long, it's susceptible to high winds. Elsewhere: Steve Jobs stepped down, DSK walked free, and Libyan rebels ransacking Gaddafi's compound found an album filled with photos of Condoleezza Rice, with whom Gaddafi once shared a private dinner, showering the Secretary of State with an estimated $212,000 worth of gifts -- including a diamond ring, a lute, and a locket with Gaddafi's picture inside. File this under: "Creepy Yet Oddly Endearing Obsessions of Murderous Dictators." Finally, to my fellow New Yorkers: please stay safe.

Third World America: One Year Later

| Posted 08.28.2011 | Books

I wanted the book to serve as "a warning, a way of saying that if we don't change course -- and quickly -- that could very well be our future." Well, 12 months on, the paperback version of the book is coming out and, sad to say, almost none of those troubling trends have been reversed.

What Hurricane Irene Can Teach Us About the Jobs Crisis

| Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics

The response to Hurricane Irene showed that when our leaders bring a sense of urgency and ask the public to respond in kind, remarkable things can happen. READ MORE Third World America: One Year Later: The paperback version of the book is out and, sad to say, almost none of the troubling trends I warned about have been reversed -- or even addressed. READ MORE Watch: Arianna Discusses Job Crisis on Piers Morgan Tonight Watch: Arianna Talks About "Hurricane Jobs" on Morning Joe Watch: Arianna and Lawrence O'Donnell Discuss the Forgotten Middle Class Watch: Arianna Talks Austerity, Job Creation with Martin Bashir