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In this issue:

COMMENT
"Homelands", by David Remnick: History, Obama, and the Middle East.

THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Cheat, Pray, Love", by James Surowiecki: Where fraudsters go bust.

PROFILES
"Barney's Great Adventure", by Jeffrey Toobin: A congressman's moment arrives.

LETTER FROM CHINA
"Strange Stones", by Peter Hessler: A road trip to the past.

SHOUTS & MURMURS
"Looking Forward to Your Check", by Bruce McCall: Spoof of a gala charity event menu.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Survivors", by David Denby: Reviews of Defiance and The Secret of the Grain.

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