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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 07/2012

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics

This week was all about the Supreme Court -- and the suddenly surprising John Roberts. First, the Chief Justice guided the court through a split-the-baby decision on Arizona's immigration law, allowing the noxious "show-your-papers" provision to stand while striking down three others. (Splitting the baby was very much in vogue: see News Corp.) Then came the landmark health care ruling in which Roberts, perhaps mindful of a recent poll showing three-quarters of Americans think he and his fellow justices allow political views to influence their decisions, found a narrow way to uphold Obamacare -- a move that left many conservatives fuming, caused Justice Kennedy to accuse Roberts of "vast judicial overreaching," and prompted Albert Brooks to tweet: "It's a terrific day in America. I'm gonna go out and get wildly sick." Much closer to home, we mourned the passing -- and celebrated the life -- of Nora Ephron (see here, here, here, here, here -- and read Nora's HuffPost posts here).

The X Factor: The X PRIZE Meets HuffPost

| Posted 07.02.2012 | Technology

In a world of multiple crises, sub-optimal solutions, and a lack of urgency from our elected officials, the X PRIZE's mission of seeking bold answers to our biggest challenges is essential, inspiring, and -- hopefully -- contagious.

Roberts Saves Obamacare: Now the Real Work of Reform Begins

| Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics

The narrow survival of the Affordable Care Act last week was certainly cause for celebration. But as the jubilation subsides, it's important to realize that having avoided what would have been a giant step backward doesn't mean we've taken a giant step forward.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics

This week, researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (aka CERN) found God. Or at least "the god particle." A Big Bang of Higgs boson jokes ensued -- many of them involving a priest and a play on the word "mass." With the god particle out of the way, maybe the CERN folks can try to isolate Mitt Romney's position on health care next. Speaking of Romney, he took a break from competing in the "Romney Olympics" and riding jet skis on Lake Winnipesaukee to criticize President Obama for the dreary June jobs report and promise to create an economy where more Americans can "take a vacation now and then with their loved ones." HuffPost's Jason Cherkis offered a suggestion for a new Romney campaign slogan: "A jet ski in every pot." Finally, don't believe those sources: Chief Justice Roberts didn't write any of this Sunday Roundup.

What Is Working: A Bipartisan Search For Solutions To The Jobs Crisis

| Posted 07.09.2012 | Impact

We cannot overestimate the devastating human consequences of our unemployment crisis. But we also must not miss out on spotlighting what is working. That's the belief behind the new jobs section we're launching today, Opportunity: What Is Working.

HuffPost Live: We Need You!

| Posted 07.10.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

HuffPost Live, our new live streaming network, is launching August 13. One of our goals is to create the most social video experience possible. And that's why we're putting you, the HuffPost community, front and center in everything we do, including having you join us live on the air.

HuffPost Live: on a besoin de vous!

| Posted 07.13.2012 | France

HUFFPOST US - Le HuffPost Live, notre nouveau canal média en ligne, va être lancé le 13 août. Nous vous associons, vous, la communauté du HuffPost, au coeur de tout ce que nous entreprenons, et nous aimerions donc aujourd'hui que vous nous rejoigniez en live et en video, pour nourrir ce flux d'informations et de conversations continu qui fera le coeur et âme du HuffPost Live de demain.

A "Demographic Train Wreck"

| Posted 07.13.2012 | Media

Ben Hallman's story about Florida's changing demographics and uncertain future in this week's issue of Huffington takes him from the state's foreclosure-ravaged Gulf Coast to its largest retirement community, where housing is booming and residents navigate the pristine grounds in golf carts.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics

At the heart of Mitt Romney's campaign is the competence he demonstrated while running Bain Capital. But this week at the heart of his campaign were Romney's claims about having not actually run Bain -- at least not from 1999 to 2002. What makes this particular time period significant is that during these years the private equity firm managed companies that were "pioneers" in outsourcing American jobs and steered multiple others into bankruptcy. The Obama campaign framed the inconsistency as "a big Bain lie" and suggested the GOP candidate had either lied to the SEC or to the American people. Romney insists he left Bain in 1999 to run the 2002 Winter Olympics. This week he takes the gold medal for his marathon sprint from his own record. You can tell he's been training: he shaved three years off his time at Bain.

Is Storytelling the Secret Weapon of the 2012 Race?

| Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics

Barack Obama's campaign has given us all a crash course on the ills of Bain, but hasn't given us an alternative narrative of the kind of capitalism that should define the nation as we emerge from the financial crisis -- if, in fact, we ever do.

She Was Right

| Posted 07.20.2012 | Green

In 1962, Rachel Carson began sounding the alarm about the dangers of exposure to chemicals and the failure of the industry and regulators to protect people from those dangers. Fifty years later, Lynne Peeples's anniversary feature in Huffington is a reminder that we have failed to heed many of Carson's warnings, especially when it comes to protecting our most precious resource, our children.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics

This week, 70 people were shot -- 12 fatally -- when a gunman armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun, and a Glock handgun opened fire in a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. As gun control advocates, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, called for a discussion on a national problem that is literally killing us, some claimed it's too early. Actually, it's already too late for the Colorado victims -- whose names, in what has become a too-often-repeated ritual, get second (or third... or twelfth) billing to the murderer's. But it's not too late for the thousands of people who are alive today but won't be next year because of gun violence. With America's gun murder rate 20 times higher than the next 22 richest nations combined, it's a discussion that should be front and center, including in the coming presidential debates. But it won't be... unless we demand it.

Good Banks Turn Bad: Barclays, Libor and Me

| Posted 07.26.2012 | Business

With 16 banks, including Barclays, being investigated for Libor manipulation and fraud, outrage is entirely appropriate. But when I first read this story, I had a somewhat different reaction due to my own personal Barclays story.

Women Who Wouldn't Go Away

| Posted 07.27.2012 | Sports

Last month we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Title IX. This week, we are celebrating the progress women athletes have made so far -- and acknowledging the work yet to be done -- with Kavitha A. Davidson's Huffington story about the milestones for women athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics

This week, Mitt Romney made his first trip abroad as the presumptive GOP nominee, visiting London and kicking things off by questioning the city's preparation for the Olympics. Romney's remarks were a field day for the British press, spawned the Twitter hashtag #romneyshambles, and elicited rebukes from David Cameron ("it's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere") and London Mayor Boris Johnson, who jabbed back at "a guy called Mitt Romney." On the upside, Romney managed to unite what had been a very divided country. Meanwhile, on this side of the pond, HuffPost selected eight community reporters to cover the Democratic and Republican National Conventions as part of our OffTheBus "Cover the Conventions" contest. We will use their insight and outsiders' perspective to help get beyond the horse-race aspect of election coverage when it comes to the ultimate Olympic event for politics fans -- the November elections.

Countdown to HuffPost Live: Join the Conversation!

| Posted 07.30.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

One of our goals with HuffPost Live is to provide a platform to people whose voices aren't normally heard in the traditional media -- to offer a seat at the table around which the national conversation is taking place. And that's been happening. People from all walks of life have joined in on a wide range of lively conversations. You should too. READ MORE

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Sparking a Flame: Introducing HuffPost Canada Impact

| Posted 07.31.2012 | Canada Impact

I'm delighted to announce the launch of HuffPost Canada Impact. Impact has always been a key part of HuffPost's DNA, and our goal of starting conversations and inviting our readers to connect, engage, and make a difference in the lives of others is perfectly captured by HuffPost Canada Impact's motto: "One story can spark a flame, one person can make a difference." As HuffPost continues to expand internationally, and as our ability to connect and engage with others becomes less and less constrained by borders, we believe Impact has tremendous potential to helps us all widen the circle of our caring. In Canada, there's no better time than now to use all the tools at our disposal to widen that circle.