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Heads of Judiciary Committee forced to answer whether Sotomayor is "racist" on Meet The Press after watching clip of Limbaugh comparing her to David Duke.

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American Graft

What interests me about Richard Mosse photo-documentation of Saddam's palaces is how the American occupation has grafted America onto Iraq or embedded our fingerprints in a more psychic way.

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Race Focus Photo May 30, 2009

I Say Sotomayor, you Say… Lani Guinier (and the Smell of Scandal)

This image published by the NYT and likening Sonia Sotomayor to Lani Guinier not only sets up Sotomayor as a highly polarizing racial figure but encourages the consideration that that her nomination, as well as she herself, could be headed for deep trouble over "her racial views."

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Media Focus Photo May 29, 2009

Your Turn: Latina Justice

This Sotomayor headline on the new TIME cover feels like a slam, picking up on the wing-nut meme that Sotomayor is a (reverse) racist.

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The Woman Who Saved Baseball

She's the woman who saved baseball, and what's more all-American than that?

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Grand Rapids Auto: Tony

This is the fourth post of a BAGnewsOriginals series, Grand Rapids Auto, exploring the economic crisis through the life of a family-owned Chrysler dealership. Tony Bickford is a mechanic who has been with the dealership for 12 years. He does all the front end work, brakes, alignments, etc.

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Media Focus Photo May 28, 2009

That 'Latina woman'

Pairing an almost eight-year-old quote with this photo fished from the file, you can see how the media, channeling Gingrich and Limbaugh, can suggest Sotomayor as someone angry, bitter -- even "racist."

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Sonia: An Eye for Others

It's a beautiful photo released by the White House of young Sonia Sotomayor with her sister and cousins, that much more interesting for the angle.

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Playing The Palace

I think the public and the Administration understand (the way Bush never did) there's a world of difference between performance -- as in, results -- and putting on a show.

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Culture Focus Photo May 27, 2009

Talk About the Inhumane Behavior of the Military Serving a Radicalizing Function

  Talk about the inhumane behavior of the U.S. military serving a recruiting and radicalizing function.

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President Obama Photo May 26, 2009

The Exemplary Celina Sotomayor

Team Obama signaled that the campaign to move Sonia Sotomayor through the nomination process will be heavily built on the strength of a very powerful life story -- with special emphasis on her exemplary single mother.

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POTUS SCOTUS Sotomayor

U.S. Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor (L) steps up to speak after U.S. President Barack Obama announced her as his choice of nomination for the Supreme Court justice

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Obama Vs. (Anybody)

Looking at this Obama/Liz Cheney comparison, it seems to reflect an instinct on the part of the media to identify and install a counter-force to Obama.

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Unique Relationships

Credit the NYT for taking dead aim at Greta Van Susteren for serving as First Dude's handler during the (weekend of the) White House Correspondents Dinner, escorting him to the garden party, the dinner and an after-party.

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Culture Focus Photo May 25, 2009

Section 60

Quite an image on the newswire today (although captured a year ago, Memorial Day). It's set in Section 60 where most of the Iraq and Afghanistan war vets are buried.

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From the Archive: Arlington

I was drawn to a video feature on the nyt.com home page titled "Finite Arlington." Especially now, these are fateful metaphors: Running out of room for losses -- and swallowing pride.

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Iraq and Afghanistan War Photo May 24, 2009

Pink skivvies: Whitewashing The Afghan Campaign

So this May 11 image of Spc. Zachary Boyd of Fort Worth, Texas, fighting the Taliban in his pink "I love NY" boxer shorts has "gone iconic." ...How Norman Rockwell.

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