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December 8, 2010

Wednesday Round-Up: Taxing Times; Target Assange; Picturing Edwards

Between Obama throwing karate chops in the WH Press Room and the Dems parading the bowels of Congress, this is the only “tax deal” photo I could identify with yesterday. Obviously, Bernie’s not going quietly.

This cover could have been read several different ways when it appeared a few days ago.  With the witch hunt fully underway, however (see: ubiquitous Assange-in-limo perp shot, then: shooting the paddy wagon), I can’t read it any other way now than: he must be silenced — courtesy of Uncle Sam. (…And here’s Naomi Wolf for the day’s exclamation point.)

Finally, condolences to family and friends of Elizabeth Edwards. Kudos to Reuters, though, for re-releasing this gem from April 27, 2007. A month after the cancer announcement, this bizarre couple, high on the “Two Americas” crusade, had the ability to look passionately into each other’s eyes and see Pennsylvania Avenue.

(photo 1: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images. caption: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill on December 7, 2010 in Washington, DC.  The Obama administration is pushing for Congress to extend Bush-era tax cuts in a compromise with Republicans. TIME photo: Kate Peters. Illustration: D.W. Pine. photo 2: Jim Young/Reuters. caption: U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards says goodbye to his wife Elizabeth as they leave the Jefferson-Jackson Democratic Party fund raising dinner in Columbia, South Carolina, in this April 27, 2007 file photo. Elizabeth Edwards, best selling author and the estranged wife of John Edwards died of cancer at age 61 at her home December 7, 2010, media reports said.)

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