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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 11/2011

Shakespeare, The Bible, and America's Shift Into a Punitive Society

| Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics

Everyone in Washington now wants to be caught trying to do something about the jobs crisis. But what the country needs are leaders who will do more than just be caught trying. This isn't just about helping those in need; this is about helping keep our society strong.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics

This week, the New York Post became utterly unhinged over Occupy Wall Street, Grover Norquist ricocheted between being "the most powerful man in America" (ask Alan Simpson) and "some random person in America" (ask John Boehner), and Kim Kardashian failed to live happily ever after -- or even happily after 72 days. On the GOP campaign trail, Rick Perry tried to explain going all gooey over a bottle of maple syrup, Herman Cain gave a master's course in how not to handle a sex scandal, and Mitt Romney replaced Lou Gehrig as the luckiest man on the face of the earth. Meanwhile, the Party of No lived down to its name as Senate Republicans obstructed another piece of the president's jobs bill, blocking $60 billion targeted to patching up America's crumbling infrastructure -- earning the undying support of gaping potholes, collapsing bridges, and derailed trains all across the country. Andy Rooney would have had a field day mocking that one.

"Right-to-Rent": A Simple, Sensible Idea That Dysfunctional Washington Is More Than Happy to Let Die

| Posted 11.08.2011 | Business

Decisions are being made on a regular basis that are prolonging the economic crisis. And there are plenty of steps we can take that would produce tangible positive results in the lives of millions of people.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics

There were three big stories this week: the sex abuse scandal at Penn State, Mississippi voters' rejection of the so-called personhood amendment, and "the, uh, what's the third one there? Let's see... sorry. Oops." Wait, I just remembered the third one: Rick Perry's epic debate brain freeze! Over in Hollywood, the Academy Awards had more drama than a Best Picture winner, with show producer Brett Ratner self-immolating then resigning, first-time host Eddie Murphy following Ratner out the door, and Billy Crystal riding to the rescue. But it was Penn State -- with its unconscionable cover-up, legendary coach Joe Paterno's rapid fall from grace, and the deeply misguided student protests -- that held the spotlight. It was a harsh but vital reminder that our moral obligation to do the right thing goes well beyond our obligation to follow the letter of the law.

Motoring Into the Motor City: Introducing HuffPost Detroit

| Posted 11.17.2011 | Detroit

This week marks the rollout of our latest sections: HuffPost Detroit is fresh off the assembly line, and with Thanksgiving just a week away, there's no better time to announce the launch of our redesigned Kitchen Daily.

Tweaking the Recipe: Announcing the New and Improved Kitchen Daily

| Posted 11.17.2011 | Taste

With Thanksgiving near, there's no better time to announce the launch of our redesigned Kitchen Daily -- a one-stop destination for the best recipes, cooking tips, taste tests and product reviews that approaches food not as sustenance but as something to be shared and enjoyed.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

This week, Herman Cain failed his foreign policy pop quiz on Libya ("I got all this stuff twirling around in my head" is the campaign trail equivalent of "the dog ate my homework"). Congress failed basic nutrition when it voted to dismiss new guidelines that would have upped the amount of fresh veggies and fruit in school lunches and instead declared that frozen pizza qualified as a vegetable (which, I'm sure, had nothing to do with the $5.6 million the food industry has spent lobbying against the healthier regulations). And New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn't pass the sniff test when he claimed that he ordered the surprise NYPD raid on Occupy Wall Street's Zuccotti Park encampment because it had become a "fire safety hazard." The Occupy movement is in large part a response to the diminished credibility of governments everywhere. And the way governments are dealing with the movement only further diminishes their credibility. An epic fail.

Pepper-Spraying Occupy: An Assault on Our Democracy

| Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

The Occupy movement has been a test -- a national MRI -- that has allowed us to check-in on the health of our democracy by allowing us to see what's going on underneath the surface of America's power structures. And the results are dire.

Thanksgiving 2011: Occupy Gratitude

| Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

Happy Thanksgiving, HuffPosters! There is much to be thankful for this year. I'm thankful that the UC Davis police are not in charge of security at our offices. I'm thankful that Herman Cain doesn't oversee HR here, that the supercommittee isn't responsible for determining our editorial budget, and that Mayor Bloomberg hasn't paid a visit to our nap rooms (he might find them a "health and fire safety hazard"). I'm thankful my daughters are home from college for the holidays. I'm thankful my move to New York has brought me a great new neighborhood filled with surprises around every corner. And I'm very thankful for our great HuffPost team -- which rose to the challenge of adding 24 new sections since March -- and for our passionate, engaged community. How about you? What are you thankful for? Let us know in the comments section.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics

This week, Egyptians braved brutal beatings in Tahrir Square in search of democracy and freedom while Americans braved violence in Wal-Marts in search of cheap Black Friday appliances: #resetyourvalues. On the campaign trail, latest GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich came under fire for using the word "humane" in a debate answer about illegal immigration and suggesting we should adopt a policy to avoid tearing apart families. Apparently, erring on the side of humanity doesn't sit well with "family values" voters. And, in a demonstration of the kind of real-time, crowd-sourced creative commentary only possible on the Internet, the UC Davis campus cop who heartlessly pepper-sprayed peaceful protesters became a viral meme, depicted spraying everyone from Gandhi to George Washington to a baby seal to Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel God. It got so big, even the Hitler Reacts meme felt compelled to weigh in. Very meta. And wickedly funny.

Mitt Romney Brazenly Lies And The Media Lets Him Slide

| Posted 11.28.2011 | Media

Mitt Romney's brazenly dishonest ad is far from the garden-variety truth stretching we're used to in political campaigns. It is so breathtakingly cynical it should cause us to question whether a candidate that would put it forth is fit for any public office -- let alone the presidency.

Taking Our Talents to South Florida: Introducing HuffPost Miami

| Posted 11.30.2011 | Miami

This week marks the rollout of our latest local section, HuffPost Miami. Like generations of snowbirds before us, we are heading down to the Sunshine State -- and not just for a few months on South Beach. We're here to stay. Miami is, after all, one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in the world -- with nearly half of its residents born in another country. HuffPost Miami will, of course, bring you the stories and images that have long defined Miami in the popular imagination -- from airboats gliding through the Everglades to the clatter of dominoes on Calle Ocho to D-Wade and LeBron throwing it down on Biscayne. But we'll also dig deeper in an effort to tell the stories of all the people who make up this unique city -- one that is a combustible blend of the old and the new, the glittery and the grimy, the transient and the entrenched.