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Publisher's Summary

This issue contains seven articles:COMMENT
"Bitter Patter", by Hendrik Hertzberg: A less-than-satisfactory presidential debate.THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Who (Hearts) Baltimore?", by Michael Schulman: The new contender for greatest city in America. THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Parsing Paulson", by James Surowiecki: The Treasury Secretary's plan to fix the economy.LETTER FROM CHINA
"Crazy English", by Evan Osnos: The Olympic bid to learn a new language. FICTION
"Bullfighting", by Roddy Doyle: Quality time away with the guys.SHOUTS & MURMURS
"Ask the Jihadist", by Andy Borowitz: Al-Qaeda's number-two answers your questions.THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Switching Places", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Baby Mama, Roman de Gare, and 88 Minutes.
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