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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 08/2012

BREAKING: Having a Family Can Be Good for Your Career

| Posted 08.01.2012 | Women

If you haven't read Anne-Marie Slaughter's cover story in the July/August issue of The Atlantic, titled "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," you've probably seen part of the discussion it sparked. I was grateful that her article put the spotlight on an issue with deep implications not only for women, but for everyone: that by sacrificing our families -- and by extension, ourselves -- on the altar of our careers, we are in danger of cutting ourselves off from our own wisdom and perspective. Which is to say, the very qualities that are so lacking in our macho work culture. And not only is our "always on" attitude toward work unsustainable, there's ample research suggesting that it can come at a real -- and even deadly -- cost.

The Lowest Road to the Highest Office: Gaffe Grenades, Faux Outrage, and an Utter Disconnect From Our Real Problems

| Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

Saturday night I was watching C-SPAN (isn't that what everybody does on Saturday nights?) and I saw an amazing thing -- a speech by Mitt Romney in which he was relaxed and natural, making jokes that weren't painfully awkward. Had I entered a different dimension? Actually, I had traveled back to February 2000, when Romney was addressing the National Press Club. I found the difference between the Romney of 2000 and the Romney of 2012 mesmerizing. It made me wonder: why is running for president so diminishing? What is it about the process that turns thoughtfulness and confidence into desperation and insincerity? We have 25 million people unemployed or underemployed. And yet our presidential campaign has devolved into a never-ending contest to see which side can catch other side in the worst "gaffe."

Cutbacks and Cops

| Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics

In this week's Huffington, John Rudolf profiles the Newark Police Department as it faces steep budget and personnel cuts. "Newark's cops do not work at an ordinary job, like the rest of us," John Rudolf writes. The dangers they routinely face make them more like "soldiers on the front lines of a ceaseless, low-intensity war."

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.05.2012 | Politics

This week, America, on its journey down the path toward a more perfect union, continued its prolonged pit-stop at Chick-fil-A. The meal consisted of an overheated "appreciation day" for the fast-food chain, cooked up by Mike Huckabee, and a bitter side order of attacking fat people. No one ever said civil rights wouldn't come with an occasional bout of national indigestion. In India, over 670 million people were thrown into darkness during the biggest blackout since Charlie Sheen's last drinking binge. On Wall Street, a rogue algorithm caused a trading spree that wreaked havoc and gave America's stock markets yet another black eye. Meanwhile, Olympic fever momentarily broke with news that eight badminton players had been disqualified for intentionally losing their matches. All across America, sports fans reacted with disbelief, amazed that badminton is actually an Olympic sport. Lastly, we mourned the passing of a legendary writer and provocateur. RIP Gore Vidal.

Half a Billion Dollars and All We Got Is This Lousy Election?

| Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

With an estimated $2.5 billion bankroll by the time this presidential election is said and done, you'd think pretty much every important issue would get its place in the sun. Well, as it turns out, you don't always get what you pay for.

Tainted Fields, Tainted Wines

| Posted 08.10.2012 | Education

In this week's Huffington, Katherine Bindley writes about Briarcliff Manor, an affluent New York suburb where eight students developed cancer, possibly from exposure to chemicals on the local school's athletic fields. And HuffPost's New York editor-at-large Dan Collins reports on a very different kind of mystery: the glamorous, lucrative and shamelessly corrupt world of wine counterfeiting.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics

HuffPost Live launches tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. EST -- and we couldn't be more excited. Every new launch is like a birth, full of hope and uncertainty. And a baby's first words are always remembered. The opening lines spoken on MTV were, "Ladies and gentlemen, rock 'n' roll!" When Ted Turner announced CNN, he promised the network wouldn't "be signing off until the world ends." And ESPN kicked off with, "If you're a fan, what you'll see... may convince you you've gone to sports heaven." Now we're trying to decide what our baby's first words should be. And since HuffPost Live is designed to put the HuffPost community front and center in everything we do, we thought we'd open up the discussion to you. So what do you think our opening words should be? Leave your suggestions in the comments, then tune in tomorrow morning to see if we picked yours.

Bienvenue au HuffPost Live

| Posted 08.13.2012 | France

Le HuffPost Live se lance lundi matin à 10h, heure de la côte est des Etats-Unis, et l'on ne pourrait être plus excités! Chaque nouveau lancement est une naissance, pleine d'espoir et d'incertitudes. Et les premiers mots d'un bébé restent gravés à jamais.

HuffPost Live Is Now... Live!

| Posted 08.13.2012 | Media

People don't want to just consume news; they want to be part of shaping the story of our time. I could tell you about all the cool features of the HuffPost Live platform, but since HuffPost Live is now just that -- live! -- why not go see for yourself?

Le HuffPost Live, en direct dès aujourd'hui!

| Posted 08.13.2012 | Canada Quebec

Lorsque Roy Sekoff et Gabriel Lewis - en leur qualité respective de rédacteur-fondateur et de responsable des contenus vidéos du Huffington Post - m'ont approchée pour me suggérer l'idée du HuffPost Live, j'ai tout de suite compris qu'on avait trouvé la « formule magique » pour propager le message iconoclaste de notre publication en format multimédia. Je m'étais d'ailleurs fixé l'objectif de publier davantage de vidéos originales il y a plus de deux ans déjà.

¡HuffPost Live ya está... en el aire!

| Posted 08.13.2012 | Spain

Cuando nuestro editor y fundador Roy Sekoff y Lewis Gabriel, que estaba ayudando al HuffPost a reforzar nuestra producción de vídeo, vinieron a contarme su idea para HuffPost Live --una cadena de televisión que utilizaría las noticias, editores, blogueros y comentaristas del HuffPost como un guión en tiempo real--, supe que habíamos encontrado el vehículo adecuado para llevar al vídeo la voz, la actitud y el enfoque rompedor del HuffPost.

Powering a New Conversation: Introducing HuffPost Alberta

| Posted 08.16.2012 | Canada Alberta

I'm delighted to announce the launch of HuffPost Alberta and HuffPost British Columbia, which will bring HuffPost's signature mix of news, blogging, community, and social engagement to these western provinces. From Alberta and British Columbia's vast energy industry and environmentalist traditions to First Nations lands and the Northern Gateway pipeline, these new Canadian editions will tell the stories that need to be told -- and, just as importantly, help those in Alberta and British Columbia tell their stories themselves. As the HuffPost family grows -- it was just last month that we welcomed HuffPost Canada Impact -- we can't wait to see how these new editions will start conversations around the stories that get to the heart of each province's identity, and those that will decide their future.

Going Coastal: Introducing HuffPost British Columbia

| Posted 08.16.2012 | Canada British Columbia

I'm delighted to announce the launch of HuffPost Alberta and HuffPost British Columbia, which will bring HuffPost's signature mix of news, blogging, community, and social engagement to these western provinces. From Alberta and British Columbia's vast energy industry and environmentalist traditions to First Nations lands and the Northern Gateway pipeline, these new Canadian editions will tell the stories that need to be told -- and, just as importantly, help those in Alberta and British Columbia tell their stories themselves. As the HuffPost family grows -- it was just last month that we welcomed HuffPost Canada Impact -- we can't wait to see how these new editions will start conversations around the stories that get to the heart of each province's identity, and those that will decide their future.

The Other Tampa

| Posted 08.17.2012 | Impact

In this week's issue of Huffington, Saki Knafo spotlights a Tampa most of the media will not see during their stay for the Republican National Convention: Hillsborough County, which surrounds Tampa, and has more homeless per capita than any other American city. Saki Knafo puts flesh and blood on this crisis, introducing us to several of Tampa's homeless and those who seek innovative solutions to their predicament.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics

This week started optimistically, with the hope that Paul Ryan's selection would finally turn campaign 2012 into a big picture discussion about the role of government and the nature of capitalism. Instead, we got outraged reactions to President Obama joking about Seamus the dog, hours of debate over Joe Biden's use of the word "chains," and a back-and-forth between the campaigns about which presidential candidate was "unhinged." It is 78 days until the election, with 25 million Americans unemployed or underemployed, over 13 million homeowners underwater and our national conversation is still on a level of two children fighting in the back seat of the minivan. Maybe for the first debate, we should strap each candidate into a car seat, give them each a juice box, and let them have at it.

HuffPost Live: The Reviews Are In (and the Community Steals the Show)

| Posted 08.20.2012 | Media

Since last week's launch, HuffPost Live has been lauded as "courageous," "rocking," "a game changer," and "the future." It's smart, it's fun, it's yours. Click here to join the conversation.

When Mitt Met Paul: "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change"

| Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics

We've set up a system to pick our leaders in which the willingness to lose all self-respect -- to say nothing of our respect -- is one of the essential job requirements.

Of Back Rooms and Classrooms

| Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics

In this week's issue of Huffington, just in time for the Republican convention, Jon Ward chronicles Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate, placing the decision against the backdrop of America's grim fiscal realities. Elsewhere in the issue, Saki Knafo puts the spotlight on a critical period in a child's life in a story about the debate over pre-kindergarten.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics

In 2000, I co-convened the "Shadow Conventions," which ran concurrently with both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and shined the spotlight on three issues that neither party was seriously addressing: the corrupting influence of money on our politics, the persistence of poverty in America and the disastrous war on drugs. Twelve years later, these three problems have gotten worse. So we are bringing the Shadow Conventions back -- but this time we are using HuffPost Live and the Huffington Post platform to put these neglected issues center stage and make it possible for you to be part of a real discussion about them. In fact, HuffPost Live has already created "green room" pages where you can learn more about these issues, leave a comment and sign up to join an on-air Shadow Convention conversation. Click here for the drug war green room, here for poverty and here for money in politics. The Shadow Conventions are your conventions -- let your voice be heard.

Quand Mitt rencontre Paul: "Je t'aime, tu es parfait, mais maintenant, change!"

| Posted 08.27.2012 | France

PRÉSIDENTIELLE AMÉRICAINE - Peut-être pouvons nous aider de futurs candidats à la vice-présidence, en leur disant qu'ils ont le droit d'avoir leur propre opinion de temps en temps. Les médias s'affoleront* peut-être mais le public ne le fera pas. Après tout, nous savons tous ce qu'il advient de la plupart des mariages, lorsque l'un des deux conjoints efface sa propre personnalité après avoir dit "Je le veux".

Shadow Conventions 2012: What They Will Not Be Talking About in Tampa and Charlotte

| Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngHuffPost Live is bringing you Shadow Conventions 2012 with the goal of sparking a national conversation on three issues that neither party is seriously addressing: the corrupting influence of money on our politics, the persistence of poverty in America, and the disastrous war on drugs. Our new streaming network will devote a day during each of the national conventions to focusing on one of those three issues. Today, HuffPost Live's team of host/producers will be joined by a broad range of politicians, thought leaders, activists, and celebrities for in-depth interviews and panel discussions on various aspects of the drug war. And we want you to be a central part of these discussions. That's what HuffPost Live is all about -- sparking real conversations about issues that impact our lives. The Shadow Conventions are your conventions. Join us and be part of a convention that's unscripted, surprising, and a lot more interesting than the over-produced political commercials in Tampa and Charlotte.

Shadow Conventions 2012: ¿De qué no van a hablar en Tampa y Charlotte?

| Posted 08.28.2012 | Voces

Tampa, Florida tiene el mayor número de personas sin hogar per cápita que cualquier otra ciudad en Estados Unidos. A pesar de eso, no escucharás mucho --si no es que nada-- en el escenario, inspirado en el trabajo de Frank Lloyd Wright, sobre la crisis de pobreza de la nación. Y esta falta de atención no es exclusiva del GOP. Puedes esperar más de lo mismo (o quizás, ¿menos de lo mismo?) de los Demócratas en Charlotte la próxima semana - después de todo, el Presidente Obama no ha dedicado un discurso al tema de la pobreza desde su arribo a la Casa Blanca.

Conventions 2012: To Save the American Dream, We Need to Recapture the American Spirit

| Posted 08.28.2012 | Impact

20 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed. So we've chosen to use the unique opportunity offered by the national conventions to launch a multi-part effort to put the spotlight on solutions, innovative ideas, and the men and women who are actually creating jobs right now. READ MORE

Shadow Conventions 2012: What They Will Not Be Talking About in Tampa and Charlotte

Fresh From the Lab: Introducing HuffPost Highlights

"It Ain't Just About You and Your Damn Passion": Quotes, Ideas and Solutions From Yesterday's Job Creation Panel

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Fresh From the Lab: Introducing HuffPost Highlights

| Posted 08.29.2012 | Technology

Today I'm delighted to announce the launch of HuffPost Highlights. At HuffPost, we now have over 70 verticals dedicated to bringing you the best of the web. And we realize you may not have time to read everything. So why not let the millions of other HuffPost readers find some of the best content for you -- the amazing quotes, eye-popping statistics, and inspirational insights that your fellow readers are sharing, tweeting, and discussing in conversations online and off? Starting today, you'll see great quotes in the module on the right side of every article page, and highlighted in yellow in the article you're reading. If you see a quote you like, all you have to do is select that text with your cursor and copy it, and your quote will be mixed in with all the other quotes displayed on Highlights -- our newest way to join the conversation.

"It Ain't Just About You and Your Damn Passion": Quotes, Ideas and Solutions From Yesterday's Job Creation Panel

| Posted 08.30.2012 | Impact

Yesterday's job creation panel discussion put the spotlight on what Tom Brokaw called "the most critical grassroots issue in America today." In an effort to shift the narrative away from a fatalistic acceptance of the jobs crisis, the panelists focused on what is working when it comes to job creation. As the Rockefeller Foundation's Judith Rodin put it, "The innovative spirit of American communities is alive and well."