Magazine November 23, 2009, Issue

The Week

New Jersey Governor-elect Chris Christie celebrates his win at election night headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey November 3, 2009. (Jeff Zelevansky/Reuters)

• Bad election news for Republicans: Now they have to govern New Jersey.

• Presidents have been complaining about the press since George Washington. Smart presidents, also since Washington, do their complaining behind closed doors. The disproportion of stature, ironically, makes the press seem stronger: When presidents behave like Goliath, critics turn into Davids. Someone tell the Obama administration. All fall it has been on a tear against Fox News. The White House website teases a “Truth-o-Meter” to rebut “Fox lies.” “Let’s not pretend they’re a news network,” said White House communications director Anita Dunn. “Not really a news station,” David

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In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


China Alone?

When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order, by Martin Jacques (Penguin, 576 pp., $29.95)
Film & TV

Dark and Wild

This is a film about childhood that can be appreciated by pretentious, nitpicky grown-ups, it will find its fiercest fans among the Maxes of the world




‘Would it not be easier,” wrote Bertolt Brecht after the East German uprising in 1953, “for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?”

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