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COMMENT
"Higher Standards", by Hendrik Hertzberg: On politics and drugs.

THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"The Stimulus Strategy", by James Surowiecki: The Bush administration's economic panaceas.

ANNALS OF AMERICAN HISTORY
"The Water Cure", by Paul Kramer: The first torture debate.

A REPORTER AT LARGE
"Big Foot", by Michael Specter: The complexities of going green.

A CRITIC AT LARGE
"Killing Joke", by David Denby: The Coen brothers' films.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Beamed Down", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of the new films Jumper and Be Kind Rewind.

Then, hear more from James Surowiecki.

And pick up Jumper: Griffin's Story, the basis for the film Jumper.

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