In this issue:
"A Test of Confidence", by Steve Coll: President Obama, attorney general Holder, and the press.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Not So Great Debate", by Andrew Marantz: The Democrats who would be mayor.
ANNALS OF THE MEDIA
"Twenty-Four-Hour Party People", by Kelefa Sanneh: Is MSNBC losing its way?
THE SPORTING SCENE
"The Third Man", by Lauren Collins: Novak Djokovic’s bid for likability.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Cheers", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of The World’s End and Austenland
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.