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In this issue:

THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"In Funds We Trust?", by James Surowiecki: The debate over entitlement funding.

A REPORTER AT LARGE
"Polar Express", by Keith Gessen: A voyage across a melting Arctic.

BOOKS
"The Pale King", by Bill Wyman: The meaning of Michael Jackson.

POP MUSIC
"In the Rough", by Sasha Frere-Jones: What to make of Rihanna?

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