Topic: President Barack Obama

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Pictures of the Week, January 20 – January 27

From the State of the Union and the Year of the Dragon to ballot boxes and backstage fashion, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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Inside Barack Obama’s World

TIME contract photographer Christopher Morris spent the day with the U.S. president for this week’s cover story.

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Pictures of the Week, November 11–18

From demonstrations in support of Iran’s nuclear program and Berlusconi’s resignation to a castle in the sky and a tiny African nation’s preparations for the Pope’s visit, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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Withholding Images by David Levi Strauss

When President Obama announced last Wednesday that he would not release images of the dead Osama Bin Laden, this decision seemed anomalous. When a “Most Wanted” fugitive at this level of notoriety is captured or killed, it has become customary to release photographs of the deceased as evidence, and these images often have tremendous propaganda value. David Levi Strauss takes a brief historical look at the effects of these images.

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