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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 11/2012

When Oprah Met HuffPost: Living Our Best Lives, Together

| Posted 11.01.2012 | OWN

Just about a year ago, I visited OWN studios in Los Angeles for a TV/web simulcast of Oprah's Lifeclass. As I watched Oprah effortlessly integrate her live audience with those joining online and via social media, I was struck by the realization that even though she'd been a dominant player on television for more than two decades, Oprah was, in fact, made for the Internet. She was about engagement and authenticity and connection long before the web discovered them. And since engagement is deeply embedded in the DNA of HuffPost as well, I'm delighted that we're partnering with the Oprah Winfrey Network to bring some of Oprah's best content to the HuffPost platform. So welcome to HuffPost OWN, where we'll focus on self-empowerment, healthy living for the mind and body, relationships, and deepening the conversation on, as Oprah puts it, living our best lives.

Making Great Ideas Even Greater: Introducing TEDWeekends

| Posted 11.02.2012 | TED Weekends

TED and HuffPost are planning an exciting experiment in the weeks ahead. We want to highlight some of today's most intriguing ideas. But to do so in a way that sees those ideas morph and develop in real time, in response to input from thousands of contributors, perhaps including you. Every weekend for the next year, we'll introduce a theme, anchored to a TEDTalk we think has at its core a powerful and timely concept. But rather than simply offering it up as is, we're opening it up to you to write your own post about it, leave a comment behind, and help refine it. Because that's the thing about ideas. They're not set in stone. When exposed to thoughtful people, each of whom may bring an additional insight, they're capable of adaptation until they find their most potent form. A form that can truly go viral and perhaps impact millions of minds.

The Election Issue

| Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics

In the election issue of Huffington magazine this week, Dan Froomkin revisits some of the idealists who supported Barack Obama in 2008 and finds them "chastened by the reality that Obama is a politician, not an activist." Elsewhere in the issue, Ben Hallman drills down on the foreclosure crisis, and Jon Ward puts the spotlight on the debate that gave new life to the floundering Romney campaign.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics

This week, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast, leaving devastation in its wake -- and a long cleanup ahead. One of the things blown away by the superstorm was our ability to continue to willfully ignore the issues of climate change and disaster preparedness -- especially given our fast-deteriorating infrastructure. Though the presidential candidates might have largely ignored these problems, Sandy's storm surge swept them to the forefront of the campaign -- and the national conversation. Now that we're talking about them, the question becomes: will we actually do what's needed to ready ourselves for the next disaster -- or will we dry ourselves off, recharge our devices, and bury our heads back in the sand (after we rebuild the sand pile, of course)? Hopefully, Tuesday's election will be the last one that happens without a substantive debate on these issues. In the meantime, here is how you can help those who are still desperately in need.

In the Calm Before the Electoral Storm, Let's Ask Some Big Questions

| Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics

We're in the calm between the storms. The one created by Mother Nature has passed; the man-made electoral storm is about to begin. But in the short window before the media goes All Election, All the Time, we should take a moment to ask some big questions. That's what I've found myself doing over nearly a week of living by candlelight once the sun set. Why is it so difficult for us to look around the corner and prevent upcoming disasters, or at least mitigate their impact? Why does it take a disaster to bring out the best in us? Why can't we sustain that best-self spirit even after these storm-battered communities get back on their feet? In a few hours, we're going to get lots of results, but we shouldn't confuse them with answers. Those we'll have to keep looking for ourselves.

Turn the Page on Stress: Tapping Into the De-Stressing Potential of Books and Storytelling

| Posted 11.08.2012 | Books

Stress -- it's one of the most harmful forces in our lives. It can damage our health, our relationships, our careers, our marriages and even curb our creativity. That's why I'm happy to announce that all 13 of our lifestyle sections -- from Travel and Parents to Weddings and Divorce -- have an editorial mission to help our readers travel with less stress, parent with less stress, get married with less stress and, yes, get divorced with less stress. And today our books section is launching "Turn the Page on Stress," a HuffPost Books project tapping into the de-stressing potential of books and storytelling, opening up the conversation to HuffPost editors, our community of bloggers and authors with insights on the written word's unique capacity to transport and transform. Even with all the high-tech gadgets at our disposal, the timeless act of reading is a way to connect with ideas and with the past, but also with ourselves.

Huffington This Week: Bridging the Divide

| Posted 11.09.2012 | Business

This week, Peter Goodman puts the spotlight on the fact that "getting a job and getting to a job are two different things." Lynne Peeples writes about one man's environmental awakening, and Gerry Smith writes about what would seem to be an uncontroversial immigration issue -- whether those who come to America and actually create jobs can stay and continue to create jobs.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics

This week, Obama won, Romney lost, rape turned out to be 2012's most surprising campaign issue, and Karl Rove refused to believe the math -- while his not-so-super Super PAC blamed its misspent $300 million on "very, very weak candidates." But it wasn't the GOP's candidates that were to blame; it was the party's narrow and sclerotic message. Romney actually attracted the vote of his party's usual coalition. But that's not enough anymore. The numbers aren't there, and are trending away from Republicans. "It's not a traditional America anymore," lamented Bill O'Reilly. "The white establishment is now a minority" -- replaced in his telling by black and brown people "who want stuff." Indeed they do; stuff like immigration reform, affordable health care, reproductive rights, and economic justice. For a two-party system to be healthy, both parties need to be in good shape. Right now the Republican Party is badly in need of a soul transplant.

The President Asked Us to Push Him: Here's a To-Do List to Get Us Started

| Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics

President Obama still has the opportunity to have a transformational presidency -- but, as he has said again and again, bringing about the changes we need is going to require the active participation of all of us.

Il presidente ci ha chiesto di spronarlo: ecco una lista di cose da fare, tanto per cominciare

| Posted 11.14.2012 | Italy

Quanto diverso sarà, quindi, il secondo mandato del presidente Obama? Pare abbastanza chiaro che nonostante la riconferma del presidente, la sua elezione non gli abbia dato mandato di conservare lo status quo. La gente ha votato per riconfermarlo, sì, ma allo stesso tempo ha votato per il cambiamento.

Barack Obama nous a demandé de l'épauler: voici une liste de choses à faire pour commencer

| Posted 11.15.2012 | France

Un système bipartite a besoin d'une opposition loyale - mais une opposition loyale fondée sur les faits et la réalité. En leur absence, une critique constructive devra venir du parti démocrate lui-même, ainsi que des indépendants et des républicains qui sortiront de la bulle dans laquelle ils vivaient jusqu'ici. Je n'écarte pas les obstacles qui se dresseront sur la route menant au règlement de ces problèmes. Mais cela ne signifie pas que nous devons ignorer ces questions importantes - ou laisser le Président les ignorer. Lors de son discours de victoire, le président a déclaré : "Que j'ai obtenu ou pas votre vote, je vous ai écouté, j'ai appris grâce à vous et vous avez fait de moi un meilleur président." Il revient aux citoyens de ne pas simplement élire les présidents mais de les rendre meilleurs.

El presidente nos pide empuje: aquí una lista de qué podemos hacer para empezar

| Posted 11.15.2012 | Spain

El 21 de enero empezará un nuevo mandato presidencial, con una multitud de problemas acuciantes. Obama hizo campaña apelando a la necesidad de que le permitiéramos terminar su tarea. Y desde luego, hay muchas cosas que terminar, así como un enorme potencial que no se ha hecho realidad.

Barack Obama nous a demandé de l'épauler: voici une liste de choses à faire pour commencer

| Posted 11.15.2012 | Canada Quebec

Un système bipartite a besoin d'une opposition loyale - mais une opposition loyale fondée sur les faits et la réalité. En leur absence, une critique constructive devra venir du parti démocrate lui-même, ainsi que des indépendants et des républicains qui sortiront de la bulle dans laquelle ils vivaient jusqu'ici.

Huffington This Week: Reinventing the Art of Giving

| Posted 11.16.2012 | HuffPost Home

In this double issue of Huffington magazine, I'm delighted to present our first-ever Huffington gift guide. Our editors have drawn up a list of their favorite gift ideas for everyone: from travelers, sports fans and gadget lovers to environmentalists, culture buffs and kids. But our guide is more than just a list of stuff to buy; it's about "seeing the holiday season as a time of reinvention."

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics

This week, America finally began questioning the judgment of its generals. The problem is that the judgment being judged is about sexual conduct rather than military conduct. The real scandal is that U.S. and allied soldiers are still dying in Afghanistan at a rate of one per day, as America's longest war drags on. Gen. David Petraeus, who led our efforts in Afghanistan for a year, deserved public scrutiny long before Paula Broadwell and Jill Kelley finally brought it to him. The media bears plenty of culpability. If our failed military strategy in Afghanistan had gotten half the airtime of Petraeus' failed marital strategy in Tampa, there would be far fewer families mourning the loss of a truly fallen soldier. This Onion headline perfectly sums up our country's perverted priorities: "Nation Horrified To Learn About War In Afghanistan While Reading Up On Petraeus Sex Scandal."

'Tis the Season to Be Stressed: A Survival Guide

| Posted 11.21.2012 | Healthy Living

This week, the harried prep for Thanksgiving unofficially marks the opening of the Stress Season that will last through New Year's Day, when we can officially start feeling guilty about breaking the resolutions we'll make in response to the stress-induced overindulgence of the holiday season. So how do we change things and give ourselves the gift of mastering our stress instead of being slaves to it? The key is to prioritize not letting stress turn the holidays from a time of renewal to a time of frenzy. "Everything changed the day she figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in her life," writes the artist Brian Andreas. So this is the perfect moment -- right before it all starts -- to slow down and reflect on how we can turn a time that so often becomes a time of high anxiety into a time of generosity, celebration, and coming together.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics

This week brought what we hope will be a lasting ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza conflict, the promise of looming conflict in Congress over the fiscal cliff and out-and-out hostility in stores and malls across America as shoppers heckled, scuffled and even wielded weapons in search of Black Friday bargains. Thanksgiving football, meanwhile, served up some early holiday treats: viral gifs of Ndamukong Suh's "accidental" groin kick, and Mark Sanchez's epic face-in-butt fumble. We were also treated to the decidedly less humorous spectacle of Iraq war cheerleaders like John McCain and Lindsey Graham trying to score political points attacking Susan Rice and demanding "an accounting" and answers to "the basic questions" surrounding Benghazi. If only McCain and Graham (bellicose backers of a different -- and truly misleading -- serving of Rice) had shown a similar fervor in demanding "an accounting" and answers to "the basic questions" about how they and their fellow cheerleaders got it so wrong on Iraq.

Obama's Second Term: The Chance to Unleash the Audacity

| Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics

This is the time for both Congress and the White House to be bold. President Obama still has the opportunity to be a transformational president, but only if he spends his second term finally unleashing the audacity that propelled his presidency in the beginning -- on issues from gun control and the failed drug war to privacy and drones. READ MORE

Great Deals on the Season's Hottest Item: Giving Back After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two days set aside for getting deals, it's worthwhile to have a day devoted to giving back. Giving Tuesday and World AIDS Day on Saturday are about using all the tools at our disposal to spotlight the ways people are giving back and widening the circle of our concern. READ MORE

Great Deals on the Season's Hottest Item: Giving Back

| Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two days set aside for getting deals, it's worthwhile to have a day devoted to giving back. Giving Tuesday and World AIDS Day on Saturday are about using all the tools at our disposal to spotlight the ways people are giving back and widening the circle of our concern.

Ours is a Global Conversation

| Posted 11.30.2012 | Huffington Post

It is an honour to be introducing the 2013 addition of Who's Who - a venerable institution that is remaking itself for the digital age while staying true to its DNA. When we consider the ways technology is rapidly transforming the media landscape and our lives three trends stand out.

Huffington This Week: Far From Unthinkable

| Posted 11.30.2012 | Green

In this week's Huffington, five HuffPost reporters give a detailed and unsparing account of the man-made factors behind Hurricane Sandy's damage, telling the story of the storm, but also painting a damning picture of the shortcuts, expedient decision-making and lack of preparation that allowed it to inflict such suffering and devastation.