As election day draws nigh, Huffington’s liberal political blog The Huffington Post has become a must-read for the Washington media as well as left-leaning voters. More than 8 million people per month reportedly visit the site, which includes commentary, discussion of breaking news stories, and political coverage. Huffington, a Cambridge University grad and author of 12 books, steers the conversation in the mainstream media with what she focuses on in her blog and during her frequent public appearances. Her next venture? Local news. In June, Huffington announced plans to launch a local news aggregation site for major metropolitan areas.