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COMMENT
"The Spat", by Hendrik Hertzberg: On Barack Obama and the Clintons.

DEPT. OF DYNASTIES
"Five on Five", by Lauren Collins: The Romney boys' blog.

DEPT. OF PROGNOSTICATION
"How 'Bout Them Economy", by Nick Paumgarten: Is it 1929, 1969, 1990, or 2001?

DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
"Black Hole", by Lizzie Widdicombe: A voyage to New York's Bermuda Triangle.

ANNALS OF NATIONAL SECURITY
"A Strike in the Dark", by Seymour M. Hersh: Israel's unexplained bombing of Syria.

ANNALS OF INVENTION
"Thinking in the Rain", by Susan Orlean: How to build a better umbrella.

POP MUSIC
"Living Pains", by Sasha Frere-Jones: Mary J. Blige's chronic brilliance.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Strangers", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of the new films In Bruges and The Band's Visit.

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