In this issue: COMMENT "Take It to the Limit", by Hendrik Hertzberg: Obama and the battle of the amendments. THE TALK OF THE TOWN "Down in the Basement", by Nick Paumgarten: Spelunking the trunk rooms under Stuyvesant Town. A REPORTER AT LARGE "Getting bin Laden", by Nicholas Schmidle: Inside the rain in Abbottabad. PERSONAL HISTORY "Dog Story", by Adam Gopnik: How the wolf became a pet. THE CURRENT CINEMA "Distant Shores", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of The Future, Another Earth, and Cowboys & Aliens.