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POTUS plus two

"It was so cold today, Barry Bonds tested positive for SOUP."

"I don't read the newspapers and I don't watch TV -- and a lot of stories go right over my head."
-- Madonna (with recently-acquired British accent) to David Letterman, moments later

Two days now since the speech that launched a change in policy, and the President is at Camp David, Congress is at odds, and the American people are at loggerheads over what to think is right where Iraq policy is concerned. All this week we've been thinking about the American military families: those expecting a loved one home soon, those with a reservist in the family, and those who are preparing to say goodbye. They are at the heart of this, along with the stability of a nation and a region. We'll cover today's moving parts from the White House to Congress to Iraq.

Weather is making news in California (the kind that will ultimately affect costs) and insurance is in the news in New Orleans. And because it's Friday, we have a special and emotional segment in our "Making a Difference" series: A woman who has given of herself so that thousands of our men and women in uniform could have a proper send-off as they leave for war.


PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE
It is time to come clean. For the past two days I've had a shadow. Annie Leibovitz has been taking photos of my life for an upcoming magazine profile (because I just love being so introspective) and beyond getting to know this great, kind, hugely talented American icon -- what a kick it is walking about with someone who turns as many heads as she does. She is an event. I'm convinced that long after her cameras (3 so far) are put away and her assistants (also 3) have gone back to wherever they buy those black pants, Velcro utility belts and black mock turtlenecks -- I will have gained a friend, by way of getting to know this great artist. I can only imagine that all of her subjects come away from these encounters feeling the same way. I'm now completely out of personal details and anecdotes, however.

TWEAKING TIKI, CON'T.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times has written a devastating satire of the World of Tiki Barber (NYTimes.com login required for link) in this morning's paper. I'd of course like to think that the germ of the idea originated in this space. The gist of it is: Tiki will ultimately take over all the on-air jobs in television, and will someday be the only moving image Americans are allowed to see on the electronic screen.

HEADING INTO THE WEEKEND
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