Table of Contents: Sep. 20, 2004

10 QUESTIONS: Emmy host Gary Shandling on reality TV, meditation and how he stays funny 8

LETTERS 10

NOTEBOOK

Russian Regret How Russia blocked attempts to negotiate in North Ossetia. Was there another way out of the tragedy in Beslan? 15

MILESTONES: President Clinton is on the mend; Michael Eisner is on his way out 19

IN THE ARENA: Joe Klein on why Bush is getting away with, well, everything 21

NATION

COOL UNDER FIRE The battered Democrat insists he will prevail, but Republicans are getting exactly the race they want 22

INTERVIEW: TIME talks with Senator Kerry about Iraq, the...

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