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Iraq and Afghanistan War Photo December 31, 2011

Osama-Obama: How Al Jazeera Framed the bin Ladin Erasure

The frame Al Jazeera chose characterizes the operation as a contest for hearts and minds.

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Campaign '12 Photo December 30, 2011

Chair Man of the Board

I'm trying to figure out what's making this photo so popular....

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Campaign '12 Photo

Newt and The Elephant in the Room

From NYT Pics of the Year: A great juxtaposition balancing the naturalist painting, the mascot and Newt’s knowing look. It’s as if Gingrich realizes that, despite all the vision and knowledge he has behind him, it’s contaminated by all his foolishness. And that fact — not lost on the American...

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Fashion Focus Photo December 29, 2011

Ahmadinejad's Ready-to-Wear: Government Approved to Make Women Look Islamic and Beautiful

Regarding "approved" clothing for Iranian women, Ahmadinejad’s “compromise” is not a step in the right direction. It’s a step in the same direction.

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The Best 2011 Photos We Never Saw – Reuters Edition

Because it was, and remains, that much of a shock and a stain on our way of life.

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Campaign '12 Photo

Mitt: Finding the There There?

The best shot of Romney yesterday in the closing days before the Iowa Caucus? The jury’s still out over how much Mitt, dressed as a farmer, is passing the smell test. These two other wire shots also speak to the difficulty of finding “the there there.” This pic was sitting on...

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Campaign '12 Photo December 28, 2011

Next Up For GOP – Santorum's Pigeon Stew?

With the GOP campaign endlessly bound up in "anybody but X" and "savior of the month," might Iowa be Rick Santorum's best chance for a trophy?

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Women and Gender Focus Photo December 27, 2011

More Pics of the Year: Let’s Hear it for Moms

Not just a home run for motherhood, but an all-too-rare example of a woman extending herself beyond gender and social stereotypes.

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Campaign '12 Photo December 26, 2011

Yes Virginia, You Can Strike the Newt Clause

This photo is a wonderful example why politicians have a level of credibility on par with used car salesmen.

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Business Focus Photo December 25, 2011

Next Up: Bowl Season

The brand ID can be seen to implicate the overwhelming role of sponsorship and advertising money in college sports. Given that's the game, the image of kids in the pen has a much wider significance.

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Militarism Focus Photo December 23, 2011

The White House Military Christmas, and Christmas-in-Mourning Trees

I’m not sure I get the mourning holiday tree. Who decorates a Christmas tree with dead people?

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Photo December 21, 2011

A Smooch for our Times

In contrast to that simpler and more certain moment in 1945, this is what today's victories look like.

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Our Favorite Photo from 2011

Despite 2011 marking the end of both Osama bin Laden and the Iraq War, what the picture reflects is that the fear of impending doom remains as vivid as ever.

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President Obama Photo December 20, 2011

Next Up: The White House Christmas Card

As we segue from the Romney's summery Christmas to the WH first family holiday portrait, I'm interested in your thoughts on the White House Christmas card.

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How To Understand All Those Photos of North Koreans Crying Over Kim Jong Il

I think it's almost impossible for Americans to look at these images without believing that a citizen's sense of free will and individuality is somehow just hovering below the surface.

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Karrin Anderson Photo December 18, 2011

Photo of Woman Stripped by Egyptian Military: Not Shamed, Not a Victim

This image does not portray a victim. It portrays a hero—a warrior waging a battle for democracy.

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Da Dumpt, Da Dumpt …. Sucks 2 Be U

I wonder whether these soldiers, at least in part, might have been motivated to make a statement, before we turned over our bases, that punctuated how we engaged in a war for no real good reason.

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President Obama Photo December 16, 2011

The Obama Holiday Portrait: Holding on for Dear Life?

The tell-tale element is the tension in Michelle and Barack's bodies.

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