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With the proliferation of social media outlets, there are that many more new ways for politicians to create PR disasters for themselves. Take, for example, the object lesson provided by Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose unidentified crotchy Twitpic scandal predictably dominated the week's news cycle -- and his strategy for dealing with it didn't exactly help, either.

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There's no nicer place in America, as demonstrated by this photo juxtaposition of the president signing the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.

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On Wednesday, President Barack Obama went back on his administration's previous plan to release photos reportedly showing prisoner abuse at American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Team Obama may also follow in the Bushies' footsteps by detaining some prisoners "on U.S. soil" and "indefinitely and without trial," according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Charges against Iran's Sepah News for digitally altering a photo of the country's missile tests on Wednesday arose Friday after analysts discovered what is clearly a Photoshopped extra missile in an image released by the media arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The image, which was used by the L.A. Times and the Chicago Tribune on their front pages, was later retracted.

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Israel and Iran appear to be locked in a dangerous round of ¿Quién es más macho? On Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak responded to Iran's new displays of military prowess -- this week's missile tests -- by declaring that Israel is ready for action should Iran push the direct-threat level any higher.

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Three bodies lie beside a Baghdad street on a blindingly hot day. The one on the right is dressed in a white shirt and bright green trousers, his hands tied behind his back. Two others on the left lie shoeless, both dressed in check shirts, dumped -- how easily we use that word of Baghdad's corpses -- on a yard of dirt and bags of garbage. They, too, of course, are now garbage.

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Documentary whiz Errol Morris is turning his camera on Abu Ghraib's most notorious moments in his latest film, "Standard Operating Procedure," in which he unearths a host of unsettling information about torture, "ghost" prisoners and interrogators, and, as Morris describes in this blog about his new project, exactly what happened to prisoner Manadel al-Jamadi's body after he died under interrogation at the prison in Iraq.

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Here's one person in Pennsylvania Barack Obama doesn't want to shake hands with. After repeatedly refusing to pose for a photo, the candidate finally relented, but warned: "I won't be smiling."

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