In Today’s Observer

Last night, Politicker editor Marcus Baram sent over this preview of today’s Observer, which includes the names Rove, Shrum, Clinton, and Summers:

Here’s the lineup:

- Matt Scheurman examines the fight over the West Side Yards in light of Monday’s deadline for competing bids from the Jets, Cablevision and TransGas. “It’s a dog and pony show without the dog or the pony,” quipped one reporter.

- Our cover story this week delves into the Summers saga. Now that Larry Summers has been spanked by the Harvard faculty, is he toast? Sources tell Tom Scocca that Summers has been angling to hire a prominent female scholar, Harvard-trained psychologist Carol Gilligan, now at New York University, who professionally theorizes about innate gender differences, to damp down the drama.

- Now that Dan Rather, along with that Texas twang, has given up his seat at the anchor desk, will CBS kiss and make up with the White House? “Karl Rove started talking to me again,” John Roberts tells our ace TV columnist Joe Hagan. “With the departure of Dan Rather, this is a good opportunity for CBS to reach out,” said Ari Fleischer, the former White House press spokesman. “This is almost a curtains-up for CBS to improve relationships.”

- I take a look at why it’s taking so long for the MTA to follow through on their security plan after it was revealed that they’ve only spent a portion of the $591 million budgeted two years ago. That got me thinking about security spending by other big-city transit agencies around the country (most of them, such as DC Metro which exhausted their $49 million in federal dollars, have spent every penny), the huge disparity between Homeland Security funding for airline security ($15 billion) and transit security ($115 million), and how much can really be done to secure a system as extensive and complex as the MTA.

- Adam Begley profiles English novelist Ian McEwan, whose new book “September” is causing a stir on both sides of the Atlantic. “It’s a coronation,” say his friend, Timothy Garton Ash. “It’s now an accepted cultural fact that Ian is the leading English novelist of his generation.”

- Our editorials: Can General Motors Survive?, New Yorker Wins Intel Prize, Bobby Short

- Jake Brooks looks at “Our Brand is Crisis,” a new documentary recounting James Carville and Bob Shrum’s work on behalf of Bolivian presidential candidate Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, aka Gon. Call it The War Room’s South American Sequel.

- Joe Conason’s latest column: “Shameless Right-Wingers Exploiting Terri Schiavo”

- Sheelah Kolhatkar profiles Philip Gourevitch, the new editor of the Paris Review, along with some juicy literary gossip. When writer Rick Moody found out about the firing of previous editor Brigid Hughes, he fired off an angry “resignation” letter to the magazine.

- And Rebecca Dana has an amusing take on Hillary Clinton’s visit to the First Ladies exhibit at the New York Historical Society on Monday.