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In this issue:

COMMENT
"Deepest Cuts", by George Packer: Obama and the budget war.

THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Gwyneth’s World", by Lizzie Widdicombe: Gwyneth Paltrow, from movie star to domestic goddess.

PROFILES
"The Possibilian", by Burkhard Bilger: Delving into the mysteries of brain time.

THE SPORTING SCENE
"Queen of the D-League", by Ben McGrath: How does a woman coach a men’s basketball team?

FICTION
"The Good Samaritan", by Thomas McGuane.

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