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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 04/2012

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics

This week, I spent a fascinating couple of days at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford. I wish everyone could have been there: It was exhilarating -- and deeply moving -- to hear example after example of social entrepreneurs making quantifiable improvements in lives all around the world. As Stephan Chambers, chairman of the Skoll Centre, put it: "I have cried every day this week. Remember as I tell you this, that I'm male. And British. And from Oxford." I actually cried every hour. But, remember, I'm female. And Greek. And from Cambridge. I also cried when Roy Sekoff, our founding editor, texted me that his father, Arthur, had passed away. Besides being a huge supporter of HuffPost (which he rightly felt contained some of his funny, feisty, passionate DNA), he was an eagle-eyed evaluator of my hair whenever I appeared on TV -- good or bad, he let me know about it. He was a real character, in the best sense -- a warm, witty, and exceedingly generous man. Read more about him here. He will be missed.

Campaign 2012's Biggest Disconnect: Americans Want Out of Afghanistan, Candidates Would Rather Ignore It

| Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics

You'd think a ten-and-a-half year war would be a major issue in a presidential campaign. But our political and media establishments seem to regard being in a constant state of war as simply part of the "new normal".

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics

This week, the branches of government traded checks and balances for sticks and stones. First, President Obama fired a shot across the Supreme Court's bow, saying that to strike down his health care law would be "an unprecedented, extraordinary step." Though not actually unprecedented, it would, in fact, be extraordinary -- but not as extraordinary as what came next: a Court of Appeals judge, hearing a related case, asked the Justice Department to turn in a three-page, single-spaced letter, signed by Eric Holder, explaining the executive branch's position on judicial review, a move that embarrassed even some conservative legal experts. The attorney general's response to the unusual homework assignment fell a bit short; it was only two-and-a-half pages long. Doesn't the AG know all he had to do was make his margins bigger, add a bibliography, and start off with a long quote?

My Interview With Susan Cain On The Power Of Introverts

| Posted 04.08.2012 | Healthy Living

2012-04-08-ariannaSusanCain.jpgSusan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking taps into our growing need for unplugging and recharging. Let us know what your favorite ways are to find quiet in your life.

HuffPost and Spotify: Music to My Ears

| Posted 04.11.2012 | Media

Spotify and HuffPost share several key strands of DNA: we're both deeply social, community-fueled platforms that aim to help our users discover, experience and share the best of what you can find online. Which is why I'm delighted to announce a new partnership with Spotify.

Military Families Week: Time to Stop Keeping Their Struggles at Arm's Length

| Posted 04.11.2012 | Impact

I'm delighted that today marks the start of our second annual Military Families Week. All week, we'll feature stories, slideshows and videos (including an exclusive video from the First Lady) that provide glimpses into the lives, stories, and struggles of those who serve and those who love them.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics

This week, North Korea suffered a major embarrassment when its missile test demonstrated how far the country has advanced in producing a weapon of mass dysfunction. On the campaign trail, Rick Santorum announced he was suspending his run for the White House, thereby avoiding what was shaping up to be an embarrassing primary trouncing in his home state. In dropping out of the race, Santorum said, "We were winning in a very different way." You mean by losing? That is very different. In Florida, the man who killed Trayvon Martin was finally arrested and charged with second-degree murder -- yet another example of what is possible when people come together in a social movement to force an unresponsive system to act. And in Massachusetts, the state marked another year of its health care system. Happy 6th birthday, Romneycare! So sorry your father abandoned you. Let's hope your national cousin doesn't get the same shoddy treatment.

GPS for the Soul: A Killer App for Better Living

| Posted 04.16.2012 | Healthy Living

I'm delighted to announce that HuffPost is at work on an app we call "GPS for the Soul." I hope it will be just the beginning of our journey to reconnect with ourselves, our creativity, our intuition, and our wisdom.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics

This week, the Secret Service became a little less secret, getting a ton of ink for paying visits to prostitutes and to Ted Nugent. The hooker scandal broke when an agent who'd agreed to pay $800 for sex, offered just $30 after services had been rendered. It's good to see government workers trying to save money (take note, GSA!), but that really isn't the way to do it. On the campaign trail, Mitt Romney once again failed to defuse the dog-on-car-roof controversy, conceding that if given the chance he'd do things differently -- not because it was cruel but because of the flak he's received in the ensuing years. In an effort to even the playing field, Republicans trotted out a quote from Dreams From My Father in which the president remembered, as a child in Indonesia, eating dog meat. Great, now that that's a wash, can we talk about something that really matters... like Hillary guzzling beer? Or, I don't know, Afghanistan.

Quoting Shakespeare

| Posted 04.23.2012 | Huffington Post

The following bit of Shakespearean amusement was concocted by my great friend Bernard Levin. I've decided to post it here so that and all of you can have it to download, print out, e-mail, link to... and enjoy.

HuffPost and Freakonomics: The Hidden Side of Everything (Video Slideshow)

| Posted 04.23.2012 | Business

2012-04-24-Screenshot20120424at9.51.53AM.jpgI'm delighted to announce that this week HuffPost Business is presenting a video collaboration (freakoration?) with Stephen Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics

This week, Newt Gingrich announced that he'd be dropping out of the presidential race next week -- thoughtfully softening the blow to America by giving us all time to come to terms with it. And President Obama slow-jammed the news with Jimmy Fallon -- a move that was way, way cooler than his much slower moves to address the student debt crisis affecting millions of college students and grads, including many who went door-to-door and to the polls for him in '08 and helped get him elected. And two weeks before Mother's Day, I want to invite you to join the community initiative to send Mother's Day wishes to Trayvon Martin's mom, Sybrina Fulton. Beyond the political and racial issues surrounding this case, it's important to remember that this is, first and foremost, about a mother who has lost her child and will be facing her first Mother's Day without him. Learn more about it on HuffPost BlackVoices.