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Baryshnikov: Le Jeune Homme et la Mort

Mikhail Baryshnikov: Photograph by Annie Leibovitz

Mikhail Baryshnikov: Le Jeune Homme et la Mort

Kennedy Center Honors Tribute to Mikhail Baryshnikov

 

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Bush Pushes Iraq War Efforts Despite War Report’s Dismal Findings

The Associated Press reported today that:

“The Iraqi government has not yet fully met any of 18 goals for political, military and economic reform, the Bush administration said Thursday in an interim report certain to inflame debate in Congress over growing calls for a U.S. troop withdrawal.

In an assessment required by Congress, the administration accused Syria of fostering a network that supplies as many as 50 to 80 suicide bombers per month for al-Qaida in Iraq. It also said Iran continues to fund extremist groups.

The report said that despite progress on some fronts by the government of Nouri al-Maliki, “the security situation in Iraq remains complex and extremely challenging,” the “economic picture is uneven” and political reconciliation is lagging.

At a news conference that coincided with the report’s release, President Bush said, “I believe we should succeed in Iraq and I know we must.”….

The report was issued in the fifth year of a war that has taken the lives of more than 3,000 U.S. troops, and is costing the United States an estimated $10 billion a month….

The report was designed as an interim assessment of the shift in policy that Bush announced last winter, in the wake of Republican defections in an election in which the war played a significant role.

A second report is due in September from Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq.

The new assessment landed as both houses of Congress debated legislation to order the withdrawal of U.S. troops by next spring. The House appeared on track to approve its version of the bill later in the day, but opponents in the Senate appear to have the strength to prevent a final vote next week in the Senate.

In either event, Bush has pledged to veto the legislation, and has enough support to make his rejection stick.

Still, with polls showing scant public support for the war, and the U.S. casualty count climbing, Republicans whose names will be on the 2008 election ballot have shown increasing signs of restiveness in recent weeks.”

You can read the full article here.

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My Articles for Wednesday, July 11, 2007

This posting captures the extraordinary moment when the Queen lost her temper and stormed out of a photo session with Annie Leibovitz, after the celebrity photographer dared ask her to remove her crown. The official photographic portraits by Annie Leibovitz of the Queen are also included.

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