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Market Swings Are First Crisis for Fed Chief

Ben S. Bernanke must decide whether the Federal Reserve should help bail out investors who bought the risky mortgages that led to the current market panic.

Reported Decline in Surveillance Spurred Quick Law

Lawmakers were told in July that eavesdropping on certain communications had fallen by 75 percent, helping to set off a furious legislative rush.

A Segregated Road in an Already Divided Land

The Israeli side of a divided road being built through the West Bank has various exits ; the Palestinian side bypasses Jerusalem.

Sierra Leone Votes, Without U.N. Troops
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Sierra Leone Votes, Without U.N. Troops

Sierra Leone is at peace, and it is voting for president and parliament today. Above, a campaign rally on Thursday.

States Seek Change in Presidential Election Process

Maneuvers by lawmakers and political leaders upset with the system are adding unpredictability to the campaign.

Summer Rituals
A Hamptons Barbecue, Aglow With Star Power

For a family in Southampton, N.Y. , high-profile guests go hand in hand with the quintessential summer barbecue.


Web Column

The fight over a federal health care program for children provides a glimpse into the emerging 2008 campaign strategies of Republicans and Democrats in Congress.


Movies

Celestial Stars Fall, Hollywood Stars Fly

Stars Fall and Stars Fly "Stardust" is a sprawling fairy tale with thundering stamina, writes Stephen Holden.

Tucker vs. Chan, Part 3

Tucker vs. Chan, Part 3 "Rush Hour 3" is a junky, clunky and grimly unfunny follow-up, writes Manohla Dargis.

Finding a Property Manager

Professional property managers are part of an industry that has boomed right along with the second-home market.

Exotics on the Easy Payment Plan

Some people wealthy enough to buy the most expensive cars on the planet choose to lease instead.

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The Boss: Of Trash and Treasure

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