COVER

George Clooney: The Last Movie Star (The Well / Cover Story)

Actor, director and home handyman, Clooney goes to Joel Stein's house for dinner and explains how he plays the game

NATION

Changing the Script (The Well / Campaign '08)

His independence, a liability in the GOP primaries, may be his biggest strength in November. How John McCain plans to win

ESSAY

The Persian Gulf Primary (In The Arena)

A forum in Qatar illustrates the challenges that await the next U.S. President in the Middle East

Courting Joe Six-Pack (Commentary)

The Democrats may seem divided along class lines, but it's actually the Republicans who need to worry

BRIEFING

The Kosovo Test (The Moment)

Why only half the world welcomes a new Balkan independence day

The Page (The Page)

Campaign Insider. It's good to be Barack Obama's national field director

WORLD

Cuba's Chance (The Well / World)

With Fidel Castro finally fading from the scene, his brother and heir Raúl has a golden opportunity to take the country on a new path to freedom. The U.S. can help--if it is prepared to break some shackles of its own

HEALTH & MEDICINE

Stuck on the Couch (Health / Fit Nation)

Psst! Exercise is good for you. Knew that already? So do most of us, yet we still do nothing about it. Here's why

SOCIETY

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Who Owns History? (Arts: Antiquities - Downtime / Antiquities)

Nations want their looted art returned. Great museums want to keep the treasures. Is there a right way to divide the past?

Downtime (Arts: Antiquities - Downtime / Downtime)

5 Things You Should Know About. Classics are remade, from Beowulf to old films to Thriller

TO OUR READERS

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

The Complex Task of Simplicity (Global Business: Corporate Strategy - Mining And Metals / Corporate Strategy)

Dutch electronics giant Philips wants to make itself easier to manage

Brazil's Behemoth (Global Business: Corporate Strategy - Mining And Metals / Mining and Metals)

Vale do Rio Doce, once a state-owned slacker, has played the commodities boom brilliantly

Business Books

Web icon Seth Godin loves to chide big outfits for their indigestible online marketing. His message: Stop adapting and start reinventing

LETTERS