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Economic Scene

Can't Grasp Credit Crisis? Join the Club

This may not be comforting, but your confusion is shared by many people in the middle of this financial crisis.

Fed Trims Rates Sharply, Sending the Markets Up

The cut was smaller than investors had expected and exposed some signs of a split among policy makers.

News Analysis
Obama Chooses Reconciliation Over Rancor

In a speech that was frank but also hopeful and patriotic, Barack Obama confronted race head-on, then reached beyond it.

Fill out your bracket for the men s and women s tournaments and compete with your friends and Times writers and editors.

Baghdad Bureau
Baghdad Bureau
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Looking Back on Five Years of War

On the fifth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq, Times reporters and photographers are sharing their recollections on the Baghdad Bureau blog.

Looking Back on Five Years of War
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Looking Back on Five Years of War

On the fifth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq, Times reporters and photographers are sharing their recollections on the Baghdad Bureau blog.

Court Weighs Right to Guns, and Its Limits

A majority of the Supreme Court appeared ready to embrace an interpretation of the Second Amendment that protects the right to own a gun for personal use.

The Price of Beauty
For Top Medical Students, Appearance Matters

Two medical specialties concerned with physical appearance dermatology and plastic surgery are among the most competitive residency programs.

New Governor and Wife Talk of Past Affairs

Gov. David A. Paterson of New York acknowledged that he had had affairs, including one with a state employee.


Readers' Comments
Rockets' Winning Streak Ends

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Breaking the Silence

The shifting nature of wealth has families talking about values as well as money.


Arts

Neurotic Who Makes Scary World Her Banquet

Neurotic Who Makes Scary World Her Banquet Patricia Pearson finds a common thread connecting her traumas and her phobias.

From the Attic, a Verdi Craves Attention

The Met's revival of Verdi's "Ernani" is a step up for the evening's Elvira, Sondra Radvanovsky.

New York Auto Show
It's Car Time in New York
It's Car Time in New York

Like the Knicks, this year's New York Auto Show will focus on rookies and hope for next season.

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Dipping Carefully Into the Betting Pool

Dipping Carefully Into the Betting Pool A simple diversion like an N.C.A.A. office pool can build camaraderie, but be wary of indulging to excess.

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