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BAGannouncements Photo March 19, 2008

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Your Turn: Halo

Bush Defends Iraq War in Speech (NYT) (image: Gerald Herbert/Associated Press.  Washington.  March 19, 2008.

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Saving Face

For it's coverage of the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War, the NYT is using the platform of its new Baghdad Bureau blog to "save some face" through key images and recollections.

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Bush Focus Photo March 18, 2008

Bush's Sub-Prime Moment

If Katrina only crippled Bush in the compassionate conservatism department, I'm thinking this shot will finish him off.

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Those Kingly Tools At Bear Stearns

Is this seems a little phallic, I sure didn't intend it that way.  I was just so impressed, however, by the way Bear Stearns and its princely top honchos have made such a big deal about their towering skyscraper in almost every Annual Report since 2000, the year it...

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Photo March 17, 2008

The Latest Thoroughly Relevant Post From The BAG Archives – #1

If we we're playing Jeopardy, the answer would be: 34 months. And the question? ...Well, how long ago did this image run on the The Economist and The BAG? (Or, how long did it take for the "the thing" to finally hit the ground?)

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Campaign '08 Photo

MacFear (Or, More Accurately, MacLame PR)

Frankly, I don't know why the military would release such an image.  In reality, it's one of those grabbed shots that can convey anything.  Visually, though it shows McCain appear to cower as his helicopter prepares to lift off from Iraq.  The juxtaposition is heightened that much more between...

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History To Some, Coney Island To Others

With its sparkler effect, along with the minimization of the explosion(s) as compared to the expanse of still relatively smoke-free Iraqi skyline, this photo does not bring history into the present so much as perpetuates the original propaganda of the attack as a fireworks show.

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Women and Gender Focus Photo March 16, 2008

Taking It To Condi

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testifies about the International Affairs Budget in front of the House State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington March 12, 2008.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testified before the House Appropriation Subcommittee on Foreign Operations as antiwar...

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Iraq Looking Good, Part 1: Winning By A Dip Stick

Why is the perception of the Iraq occupation improving?  It's because both parties are measuring progress in terms of reduced incidents -- and images -- of violence.

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BAGannouncements Photo March 14, 2008

More Old Time Pun From The BAG

Amadinejad in Baghdad, Ashley Dupré doing The Times, Britney shot by The Atlantic, Hillary and Barack in bed at 3 AM, vintage Ferraro, memories of Bush on the troop circuit, Silda and Eliot in happier times, Hillary's locker room press placement, a smog alert in Tiananmen, Barack and Tony, girls cheating on Hillary, and a link to No Caption Needed over...

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Selective Attention

Gee, Amadinejad was in Baghdad at the beginning of the month exchanging vows of solidarity with our so-called allies, but with all those photographers there, somehow, few if any of those pics made it over here.

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Media Focus Photo

All The Ashley Alexandra Dupré That Fits To Print

Thank goodness, with everything else going on, The Times is managing to stay abreast of Ashley Alexandra Dupré.

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Campaign '08 Photo March 13, 2008

Your Turn: Move Over SNL

Is Barry Blitt's Hillary/Obama/red phone New Yorker cover that obvious or not?

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Old Ferraro CW: Glass Ceiling Hero. New CW: Trouble From The Beginning

What comes through, in retrospect, is how personally combative Ferraro was and is.

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Bush Focus Photo March 12, 2008

Fallon On His Sword (Or, He Was Sitting Right Here!)

Okay, maybe it's completely serindipitous, but I still marveled at this sequence of images of Bush with Admiral Fallon, who was disappeared from his role as yesterday.  (Such is the fate of an underling for personally cancelling Bush's public performance of Bomb Bomb Iran.)

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Scandal Focus Photo March 11, 2008

The Spitzers

With the news that Ms. Wall Spitzer has been insistent that her husband not resign, we are reminded that people and relationships are famous for defying conventional logic.

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Campaign '08 Photo

"Newsweek Doesn't Hate Clinton" – Part 2: Pissed Off At The Press

In the context of the sympathetic Newsweek issue, and Brown's particular piece, it seems clear that the image -- comparing Hillary's relations with the press with a male's basic process of relieving himself -- is a rather unvarnished indictment of what is being characterized as a woman-hating press.

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