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The Filter: September 5, 2008

A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.THE PARTY IN POWER, RUNNING AS IF IT WEREN'T(Peter Baker, New York Times)The nominee's friend described him as a "restless reformer who will clean up Washington." His defeated rival described him going to the capital to "drain that swamp." His running mate described their mission as "change, the goal we share." And that was at the incumbent party's convention.


Jane Freiman is crazy about her new Viking wall oven. The other night she made crisp sirloin steaks worthy of a chophouse. "You can get the rack extra-close to the heating element," she says.


AFGHANISTANHow Best To Help?With the Loya Jirga a success and a new government in place, the situation in Afghanistan was looking up. The Bush administration was set to review its "where now?" goals.

Turning Tragedy Into Art

Within minutes of the attacks on the World Trade Center, one artist-photographer, whose show of arctic landscapes sold out last year, rushed into the smoking ruins to take pictures of the hellish scene.

Ted's Global Village

Scenes from the toil of a globe-trotting correspondent: You're assigned to cover the Washington summit but can't get within shouting distance of anyone important.