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Spin Focus Photo March 15, 2006


From GWB's speech on Monday at GWU: Some of the most powerful IEDs we are seeing in Iraq today includes components that came from Iran.  Our director of National Intelligence, John Negroponte, told the Congress Tehran has been responsible for at least some of the increasing lethality of anti-...

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Spin Focus Photo March 14, 2006

Me Thinks They Doth Protest … For A Change

I'm with Digby on this one, and the visuals only drive home the point: It is past time for elected Democrats to begin laying out the case that the leader of the Republican party, the man to whom the congress has blindly followed at every turn for the past five...

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Photo March 12, 2006


For all those interested in the Democratic presidential race for '08, you can all go home now. Besides the clown shot of former Virginia Governor Mark Warner on the cover of the NYT Mag, there are two other photos of him inside the lead article (The Fallback - link) along...

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Iraq and Afghanistan War Photo March 11, 2006

Behind The Mask

I don't understand how the NYT can run this photo four columns wide on Saturday's front page, and then crop it on the web with no option to enlarge.  As the prisoner standing on the box, is is really unusual to see this image of Ali Shalal Qaissi.

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Uncategorized Photo March 10, 2006

The Lord's Ambulance Chaser

Now that Alabama's serial church arsonists have been caught, I'm wondering why this never became a bigger story.  I'm sure Rob Schenck is wondering too. If you've been following The BAG, you'll remember Rob as one of the two characters I profiled performing an anointment ritual on the doors of...

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Bush Focus Photo March 9, 2006

Your Turn: Bush Gothic

If you've written to me in the past week and a half and you haven't heard back, I ask your indulgence.  I was in D.C. Monday through Wednesday doing some recon at the Politics Online conference, and I now find myself turning and heading back to New York for...

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Campaign '08 Photo

Early Running Of The Elephants: Rudi Awakening

Halle - lujah! If "Hizzoner" was notably absent from this week's Republican beauty contest in Memphis, it was not because he's forsaken the South -- or the conservative fundies.  This pic accompanies Howard Fineman's latest.  The write up describes how Rudy Giuliani dropped in a few weeks ago at the...

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Faith Focus Photo March 7, 2006

One Holy Mess

The BAG meets The Onion? No, this is legit.  Two days after crediting God with instructing him to support an Iraq invasion, this image of Tony Blair turned up on the newswires.  (If you missed the "God is my strategist" story, SFGate has a good summary.) (By the way, note...

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Campaign '08 Photo March 6, 2006

Allen Watch: Warming Up For '08

When it comes to political images, the presidential campaign is to The BAG what the Super Bowl is to the NFL -- or better, to Senator George Allen. Beginning with this week's GOP Southern and Midwestern Leadership Conference, the preseason for '08 is now underway.  Over the next couple weeks,...

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Iraq Then (Like, Two Weeks Ago) And Now

(two weeks ago) Has Iraq undergone a sudden and total metaphorphosis, or has the effect been coming on for months now and we're just getting it?  This story in the NYT on Friday (Shiite Militiamen Reclaim Mosque From the Sunnis - link) is about the battle between Sunni and...

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International Focus Photo March 5, 2006

The Political Education Of Hamas

Last week, the U.S. worried that Russia was either going soft or trying to score points by inviting the Hamas leadership to a sit down.  According to both the textual (and even more so, the visual) media, however, it looks more like the newbies were getting schooled in the...

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BAGannouncements Photo March 4, 2006

The BAG, Alan Chin And The Koufax Awards

Although BAGnewsNotes has been around since May of '03, it wasn't until about a year-and-a-half ago (during Kerry-Bush) that it discovered its niche. As I've steadily developed this craft of analyzing political images, I've been fortunate to have received a good deal of critical recognition and other honors. Within...

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Bush Focus Photo March 3, 2006

Your Turn: India Finale

Your Turn 1 Your Turn 2 (image1: Jason Reed/Reuters.  March 3, 2006 image 2: Jim Young/Reuters.  March 2, 2006 New Delhi.

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Bush Focus Photo March 2, 2006

Laura's India Scrapbook – 2/2/06 petals U.S. President George W.  Bush (L) scatters rose petals as first Lady Laura Bush watches at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Rajghat in New Delhi March 2, 2006.  Bush was given a grand reception in India on Thursday as officials from both countries edged closer to a...

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Bush Focus Photo

The Perp-fect Storm (Or: Amerka's Not So Funniest Presidential Home Videos)

By now, I'm sure you've seen the damning video clip of Bush's Katrina teleconference with Michael Brown that was released yesterday afternoon.  (Crooks and Liars has the video.) If you follow this site, you know that -- for all the profound, destined-to-be-historical pictures that land here -- I don't throw...

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