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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 03/2012

Making Sense of Dollars and Cents: Announcing HuffPost Money

| Posted 03.01.2012 | Money

I'm delighted to announce the launch of HuffPost Money, a section dedicated to looking at the big financial stories of our time, with an eye on answering the question: how do the day's headlines affect you and your finances? Check it out here.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics

This week, Mitt Romney avoided the embarrassment of losing his home state's primary, but not by much. The presumptive GOP nominee's campaign continues to sputter along, unable to win over the party's base. He blamed the lack of excitement on his unwillingness to "light my hair on fire" (who would want to inflame such a perfect coif?), but it likely has more to do with his inability to stop firing off tone-deaf comments like the latest ones about his multiple cars and his NASCAR team-owner pals. Luckily for Mitt, Rick Santorum keeps speaking his mind, revealing a candidate who thinks Obama is "a snob" for promoting higher education (despite his having more degrees than Ann Romney has Cadillacs), and that the government "should get out of the education business" (despite accepting thousands in government aid for his kids' home schooling). The level of discourse, unlike the trees in Michigan, is definitely not "the right height."

Virality Uber Alles: What the Fetishization of Social Media Is Costing Us All

| Posted 03.08.2012 | Media

The media world's fetishization of social media has reached idol-worshipping proportions. Our media culture is locked in the Perpetual Now, constantly chasing ephemeral scoops that last only seconds and that most often don't matter in the first place, even for the brief moment that they're "exclusive."

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics

What does it look like when something catches fire? And what does it look like when it doesn't? This week we had a stark example of both. There was the incredible virality of the Kony 2012 video, which has become the fastest growing social media campaign of all time, having garnered over 67 million YouTube views in less than a week. Clearly the film has struck a nerve. The same can't be said of Mitt Romney's campaign, which is still struggling to go viral with the GOP base. Following a less than decisive Super Tuesday performance, Romney continued his Awkward Tour of America. After failing to ingratiate himself to Tennessee voters by reciting the lyrics to "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" on Monday, he ended the week in Mississippi, where he declared, "I like grits." Thud. Maybe he should hire the team at Invisible Children to make his next round of campaign ads.

Marketing viral: ce que nous coûte la fétichisation des médias sociaux

| Posted 03.11.2012 | France

Les médias ont attrapé un nouveau virus. Quels sont les réseaux sociaux à la mode? Comment une compagnie peut-elle accroître sa visibilité avec de tels outils? Malheureusement, cette glorification de la technologie a un coût et des implications plus rarement discutés...

The Real 2012 Race: President Obama Vs. Candidate Obama (Video)

| Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics

As the seemingly endless GOP nomination fight grinds on, it's becoming clearer who President Obama's most formidable opponent is likely to be: himself.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics

This week, March Madness extended beyond college basketball to the GOP presidential contest as former 16th-seed-turned-title-contender Rick Santorum continued his bracket-busting run by shooting the lights out in Mississippi and Alabama to win the South regional. Luckily for Mitt Romney, the GOP nomination, unlike the NCAA tournament, is not a one-and-done competition -- but it's looking more and more like the game might go down to the final buzzer, if not into overtime. Will the GOP convention actually end up being a jump ball? It might if Romney continues to babble on about all the super-rich sports team owners he knows (this week's gaffe centered on Peyton Manning's free agency). Here's an idea: Romney should just release a list of all the super-rich sports team owners he knows and get it over with. Or perhaps it would be simpler if he just named the super-rich sports team owners he doesn't know.

Delivering in a Delevering World

| Posted 03.22.2012 | Politics

Smart delevering isn't just about cutting -- and the relentless emphasis on cutting has obscured the more important question of what is being cut. In far too many cases, our approach to delevering is keeping us from growing, and keeping us from tapping into all our resources.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics

Despite his big victory in Illinois on Tuesday, this was not a banner week for Mitt Romney. Indeed, he experienced a PR disaster when his longtime adviser Eric Fehrnstrom likened him to an Etch A Sketch: "You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again." Santorum and Gingrich quickly began brandishing the toys at campaign events. Will classic toys now become a 2012 leitmotif? Will Romney whip out a Slinky when he talks about Gingrich or a Mr. Potato Head when he goes after Santorum? Will Ron Paul feel left out and challenge the others to a round of Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots? Will voters forget about debates and use a Magic 8-Ball to determine who to vote for? One thing's for sure: No one who has been paying attention to this campaign will compare any of the candidates to a Lite-Brite.

Obama Vs. Obama, Part 2: Of 'Grand Bargains' and Lost Hope

| Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics

In negotiating with John Boehner, why did the Obama administration prioritize debt reduction? Millions did what Obama asked in 2008 and voted their hopes, but how many were hoping for the Grand Bargain we really got?