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In this issue:

COMMENT
"Lies", by Hendrik Hertzberg: Obama's prescription for paranoia.

THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Head First", by Lauren Collins: Cindy McCain's campaign against the migraine.
"Who Knows Brooklyn?", by Ben McGrath: Two historians battle over a borough.

ANNALS OF LAW
"Bench Press", by Jeffrey Toobin: Obama and judicial restraint.

ONWARD AND UPWARD WITH THE ARTS
"The Mask of Doom", by Ta-Nehisi Coates: A nonconformist rapper's second act.

SHOUTS & MURMUS
"Attention, People of Earth", by Paul Simms: A message from space.

THE ART WORLD
"Vermeer at the Met", by Peter Schjeldahl: An appreciation of Vermeer's masterpieces.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Young Romantics", by David Denby: Reviews of The Informant! and Bright Star.

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