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As Sarah Palin starts distancing herself from a losing candidate, TNR senior editor Jonathan Chait performs his own reenactment of the civil war brewing inside the McCain campaign. --Ben Eisler

Cathy Young is contributing editor of Reason magazine and author of Growing Up in Moscow: Memories of a Soviet Girlhood. The death of Soviet political cartoonist Boris Yefimov on October 1, largely unnoticed in the West, was not quite the end of an era--Yefimov's era ended long ago--but the end of a life that, Zelig-like, was involved in every transition of the last century of Russian history. More than a century, in fact: Yefimov (born Boris Yefimovich Friedland, in Kiev in 1899) was 109 years old when he died. As a boy, he watched Russia's last Czar Nicholas II go by in a coach.

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TNR's Ben Eisler interviews senior editor Noam Scheiber about his cover story in this issue on Sarah Palin. Scheiber gives the "story behind the story"--his adventures in Wasilla, gems that didn't make it into the piece, and how he found the key to understanding Alaska's governor. Update by Noam Scheiber: I used an unfortunate phrase in this interview--"how needy these people are"--which I'd like to apologize for and retract. I didn't mean to suggest that the people who spoke with me were filling some emotional need.

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Tnrtv: Trb -- October 7, 2008

TNR Editor Frank Foer and Senior Editor Jonathan Chait discuss the latest "TRB From Washington" column. How has the financial crisis remade the political landscape? Why is this Democratic resurgence unique? And what must Obama do to insure the party retains its recent gains?

TNR Associate Editor Eve Fairbanks explains how the staggering democratic voter registration numbers reported today will impact the season's hottest congressional races.

oading TNR Senior Editor Noam Scheiber breaks down the costs, revisions, and future of the new bailout bill.

A Matter Of Trust

Clay Risen is managing editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and a contributing editor at World Trade. His first book, A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination will appear in January.   It's tempting to watch today's Senate Banking Committee hearings, with Democrats and Republicans alike tearing into Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and feel pangs of sorrow for the beleaguered duo.

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Clay Risen is managing editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and a contributing editor at World Trade. His first book, A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination will appear in January. In recent days, policymakers and financial experts have circled around the idea of creating a government entity--in the model of the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC)--to buy up failing assets of financial institutions.

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Clay Risen is managing editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and a contributing editor at World Trade. His first book, A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination will appear in January.  It's hard to say when, exactly, the demise of Lehman Brothers became inevitable. But it likely came around noon on Saturday.

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Laurence Lowe is a senior editor at Triple Canopy whose articles have appeared in GQ, The New York Times, and n+1. In my TNR profile of John McCain's then-recently installed chief of campaign operations Steve Schmidt, I briefly alluded to a lowly tactic the message guru used back in 1996, when he sent out 60,000 'sex surveys' that attempted to portray then-Congressman Tim Roemer as someone who was using health surveys to pry into the sex lives of adolescents. Schmidt was 25 years old at the time and just getting started in politics.

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