Well, everyone, looks like we have ourselves a bailout deal. The Washington Post reports,

House and Senate negotiators emerged from a closed-door meeting today and said they have reached agreement on basic principles governing a massive financial rescue plan that they hope to pass soon.

This is news that many Americans will be greeting with some combination of relief, frustration, and resignation. Which makes the picture the paper selected to accompany it—Doc Chris Dodd making the big announcement, with Grumpy Chuck Schumer, Sleepy Bob Bennett, and Dopey Judd Greg in the background—perfectly suited to its mood. Don’t they look just thrilled?










Update: This one, courtesy of the Times, also speaks volumes about the mood of the thing. If he gets sick of the whole Congressional gig, Barney Frank could have a real future as a Greek tragedian…











Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.