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President Obama Photo October 13, 2009

Nobel Thoughts, Continued: Divided We Fall

This photo, taken just a few days before Obama's inauguration, speaks to how desperate this country was (from every angle) for some sanity and coming together out of the death spiral of polarization, division, terror-mongering and incompetence of the eight-year long Bush/Cheney/Rove/Condi/Michael Brown/Bolton Administration.

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From the Land of No Recession — and Money to Burn

With the holiday season on the horizon and most people desperate for the smallest sprinkle of a break, this wire image just floored me.  

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Media Focus Photo October 12, 2009

Beck Takes Swing at Obama, Karate Chops Pelosi

In light of the fisticuffs breaking out between FOX and the White House, a reader brought a disturbing Glenn Beck behavior to my attention, one in which Beck physically slaps and hits Obama and Pelosi on a TV monitor.

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Nobel Slam Not Enough, Newsweek Tries To Set White House on Fire

Come the new week, here's Newsweek jumping on the "he didn't deserve it and who does he think he is, anyway?" bandwagon.

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Culture Focus Photo October 11, 2009

Gay, But Not Happy

  The tone of the body language, mood and, in this case particularly, the signage from the Gay Rights March in DC today (1, 2) is: enough with the semantics; it's beyond time to for Washington to "come out."

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But He Really Hasn't Done Anything Yet — Right? (#2)

Looking further at Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize, especially regarding the perception of America in the Islamic world.

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But He Really Hasn't Done Anything Yet — Right?

Does the Nobel Prize, and the criticism of Obama for lacking quick fixes actually obscure what has been a fabulously unique and profound accomplishment?

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Militarism Focus Photo October 10, 2009

Counterterrorism's Mise En Scene

Obama visited the set of "24"! Where's Jack Bauer? Where's Chloe?

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He Wears the Rose/Of Youth Upon Him

In these cynical and polarized times, who said the occasion for poetry -- in this case, the President's receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize -- was somehow beyond the simple, subtle glance of a White House news photographer?

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Iraq and Afghanistan War Photo October 9, 2009

Four Soldiers

  I am curious to know if the New York Times had ever offered a war zone image on the front page only featuring women soldiers.

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Your Turn: Snapshot From Oslo

BAGnewsNotes readers respond this image of the Nobel Chairman holding up a photo of '09 Peace Prize winner Barack Obama.

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Business Focus Photo October 8, 2009

This Way or the Hanway

Given our enigmatic President, how do we understand this photo op with Cigna's $12 million dollar (a year) CEO?

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Mind Games

Media loves a boogey man -- which is that much more obvious looking at this recent Newsweek cover glorifying the threat of the Taliban ... one which the Administration is signaling might be a straw man.

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Political Psychology Photo October 7, 2009

Artful New Attack Meme: Obama's "Indecision"

Is Obama really that indecisive (or "leisurely," as McCain call it, as soldiers are dying in Afghanistan) or is this just a new attack meme?

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The Post's White Coats Moment

NY Post cranks about Rose Garden photo op. Shows WH staff passing out doctor coats... (to DOCTORS, I should add!)

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Uncategorized Photo October 6, 2009

McCain and Brothers Outside What Might Have Been Mac's Residence Following Afpak Thrust

According to Politico, Mac did his best to get under the President's skin about Afpak war strategy at the White House yesterday.

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Lessons in Power

Beyond just "ironic," I would say that William Thompson's campaign splash page is embarrassing in its Obama-esque design

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A Wrestle in Connecticut?

I rather like the idea of wrestling industry icon, Linda McMahon, running against Chris Dodd.

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