The Editors

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Heavy Vetting How Obama undercut his call to service.

TRB From Washington

Jonathan Chait

Stock Answer No, Obama didn't destroy your 401(k).

Walter Shapiro

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Forget the GOP; Obama's enemy is the angry public.

Bradford Plumer

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Biz school sees its stock plummet.

Suzy Khimm

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Orrin Hatch, health care reform's stealth champion.

Jagdish Bhagwati

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Union-loving free traders unite!

Yoni Brenner

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The lesser-known think tanks of Washington.

Jonathan Cohn

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Stayin' Alive

The inside story of health care reform's near-death experience.

Noam Scheiber

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Free Larry Summers

Why the White House needs to unshackle its economic oracle.

Alan Wolfe

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Obama vs. Marx Hint: One of them's not a socialist.

Stanley Kauffmann

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FILMS Changes Jan Troell's loveliness and grit; Twelve Angry Men in Moscow.

Jed Perl

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ART Complicated Bliss The modernist pastoral of Pierre Bonnard.

Enrique Krauze

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ESSAY The Shah of Venezuela Who exactly is Hugo Chavez, and what does he mean for the political culture of Latin America? A close look at the unexpected intellectual origins of Venezuela's socialist caudillo, and an explanation of why we must take this buffoon seriously.

Ruth Franklin

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BOOKS Night and Cog

The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell, translated by Charlotte Mandell

Lia Purpura

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POEM Art

David Thomson

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BOOKS Wishin' and Mopin' Dusty!: Queen of the Postmods

by Annie J. Randall

Dan Pagis

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POEM Ararat, translated by Leon Wieseltier

David A. Bell

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BOOKS Becoming France Children of the Revolution: The French, 1799-1914 by Robert Gildea

WASHINGTON DIARIST

Leon Wieseltier

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In Which We Engage

Cover illustration by Roberto Parada

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