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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 01/2012

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics

Happy New Year, HuffPosters! This out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new weekend is my favorite time of the year -- and the perfect opportunity for cleaning out our internal hard drives of all the accumulated detritus from 2011, including Anthony Weiner's photographic skills, Charlie Sheen's "winning" streak, Rick Perry's "Oops" moment, Kim Kardashian's 72-day marriage, 9-9-9, Tebowing, Carmageddon, Newt Gingrich blaming his affairs on his passion for America, the Raptureless May 21, and the president sending an end of the year fundraising email to tens of thousands with the subject line "Hey"... As we leave 2011 behind, let's drop the faux intimacy, clear our personal hard drives of any hurts, grudges, and disappointments and start the New Year with a clean slate -- ready to welcome all the surprises, opportunities, and, yes, challenges, 2012 will bring. Let's celebrate the spirit of renewal that is the essence of new beginnings -- and that the world so desperately needs.

E=HP2: Welcome to HuffPost Science

| Posted 01.05.2012 | Science

I'm delighted to announce the launch of our newest section, HuffPost Science, a one-stop shop for the latest scientific news and opinion. From the farthest reaches of space to the tiniest cells inside our bodies, HuffPost Science will report on the world's greatest mysteries, most cutting-edge discoveries, and most thought-provoking ideas.

HuffPost's Latest e-Book: OCCUPY: Why It Started. Who's Behind It. What's Next.

| Posted 01.06.2012 | Books

I'm delighted to announce the publication of HuffPost's fourth e-book, OCCUPY: Why It Started. Who's Behind It. What's Next. -- the result of three months of near obsessive reporting by our staff on the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics

This week, the results from Iowa demonstrated that, even in the age of social media-powered protests ("convenience fee" this, Verizon!), unlimited money and going negative still pack a potent political punch. These early contests are supposed to be about small-scale retail politics but, post-Citizens United, Romney didn't win by winning over people in diners, he won with a blizzard of negative ads funded by "outside groups." While outside money killed Newt, all the dollars spent by Romney and his allies weren't enough to buy Mitt the caucus-goers' love, as he scraped by with an eight-vote win and a lower percentage of votes than he attracted in 2008. In the aftermath, Bachmann bailed, Perry said he was heading back to Texas -- then abruptly decided to stay in the race, and Santorum became the latest darling of the Not Mitt crowd. Now the unreal reality show, minus its female lead, rolls into New Hampshire.

Campaign 2012: The Disconnect Widens

| Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

Perhaps the profound disconnect between what people are really concerned about and what the 2012 candidates are talking about is why only 17 percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going.

I Have Good News and... That's It: Introducing HuffPost Good News

| Posted 01.12.2012 | Good News

I'm delighted to announce the launch of HuffPost Good News, a new section that will shine a much-needed spotlight on what's inspiring, what's positive, what's working -- and what's missing from what most of the media chooses to cover.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics

This week was a tumultuous one around the world. U.S. officials condemned a "deplorable" video showing Marines urinating on the corpses of suspected Taliban fighters in Afghanistan -- and categorically denied any U.S. involvement in the car bomb killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran. In Europe, Standard & Poor's stripped France of its AAA credit rating (sacre bleu!) and downgraded eight other countries. In China, Apple halted sales of the iPhone 4S after a near-riot outside the company's flagship store in Beijing (what does Siri have to say about that?). Meanwhile, here at home, Rick Perry condemned "vulture capitalism," a Gingrich-aligned super PAC released a long Romney-as-rapacious-capitalist video that looked like it had been produced by Occupy, and John McCain called Citizens United "one of the worst decisions I have ever seen." Welcome to 2012's beyond left and right politics.

Country in Crisis: Looking to America's Mayors to Rise to the Challenge

| Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics

I believe the solutions the country is so desperately looking for are going to come at the local level -- from our mayors and engaged citizens working with their communities. It's our cities, not the nation's capital, that are the real idea factory of our country.

Calling All Mothers, Calling All Babies: Introducing HuffPost Global Motherhood

| Posted 01.19.2012 | Impact

I'm delighted to announce the launch of Global Motherhood, a new section within HuffPost Impact dedicated to the health and well being of mothers and babies around the world, and sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics

This week, Rick Perry closed out his presidential run while Newt Gingrich's second ex-wife claimed he'd wanted an open marriage -- and President Obama brought down the house at the Apollo by revealing his heretofore hidden inner-Al Green. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney, unable to counter the hardening narrative that he's a tone deaf, out of touch mega-millionaire, didn't help matters with his response to being asked about his tax returns. When you are being booed for lack of financial transparency by a GOP debate crowd, odds are you've probably royally screwed up. It's never a good idea -- and especially not this year -- to be seen as completely out of touch with the economic concerns of ordinary Americans. Perhaps as he hobbles into Florida, he'll be helped by a shadowy new super PAC, Rich Kids for Romney (see the group's first ad here).

Bienvenue sur Le Huffington Post!

| Posted 01.23.2012 | Media

Bonjour! Le Huffington Post, an international collaboration bringing together Le Monde, Les Nouvelles Éditions Indépendantes, and the Huffington Post Media Group's signature mix of news, blogging, community, and social engagement, arrives today.

Bienvenue sur Le Huffington Post!

| Posted 01.23.2012 | France

Bienvenue sur Le Huffington Post dont le style unique combine informations, blogs, communauté et engagement social. Notre mission : nous emparer des débats qu'on entend habituellement à la machine à café ou lors des dîners en ville et contribuer à leur donner une existence en ligne.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics

This week, while in Davos for the World Economic Forum, I watched President Obama deliver what was a great State of the Union speech... for 2009. Proposing the establishment of a financial crimes unit in January 2012 is like waiting three years before sending firemen to the scene of an inferno. The speech was full of good proposals that will never happen in a year dominated by electioneering. The president's pre-speech embrace with Gabby Giffords took me back to last January, and that horrific Saturday in Tucson -- a tragedy that led to widespread agreement that what we needed as a country was, as Pima County's Sheriff Clarence Dupnik put it at the time, "a little soul searching." Unfortunately, in the year since then, our collective soul has gone largely unsearched -- and the gulf between our leaders' rhetoric and the reality millions are struggling with everyday has continued to widen.