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In this issue:

COMMENT
"Leading Causes", by Elizabeth Kolbert: The United States needs to get serious.

THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"The Big Pin", by Lauren Collins: Jewelry-box diplomacy.

ANNALS OF ECONOMICS
"Rational Irrationality", by John Cassidy: The real reason that capitalism is so crash-prone.

LETTER FROM TEHRAN
"Veiled Threat", by Anonymous: Iranian women protest the government.

FICTION
"Victory Lap", by George Sauders.

SHOUTS & MURMURS
"Spousal Support", by Zev Borrow: Relationships with intelligent machines.

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