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In this issue:

COMMENT
"Mad and Madder", by Nicholas Lemann: What anger doesn't solve.

THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Balancing Banks", by James Surowiecki: The aims of the Geithner plan.

LETTER FROM CALIFORNIA
"Cash for Keys", by Tad Friend: A one-man foreclosure bonanza.

ANNALS OF NATIONAL SECURITY
"Syria Calling", by Seymour Hersh: Can Washington broker new negotiations?

THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Shuttle Diplomacy", by Mike Peed: The U.N. hosts a panel on Battlestar Galactica.
"Birds, Bees, Fish", by Ben McGrath: Isabella Rossellini and animal sex.

POP MUSIC
"The Longest Run", by Sasha Frere-Jones: U2's No Line on the Horizon.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Changing Places", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Monsters vs. Aliens and Shall We Kiss?

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