In this issue: COMMENT "How Bad Is It?", by John Cassidy: The economy after the debt-ceiling agreement. THE POLITICAL SCENE "Leap of Faith", by Ryan Lizza: The making of Michele Bachman. PROFILES "Voicebox 360", by Tom Bissell: The secrets of video-game acting. A CRITIC AT LARGE "Is That All There Is?", by James Wood: The new secularism. THE CURRENT CINEMA "Maids of Honor", by David Denby: A review of The Help.