In Today’s Observer

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Jason Horowitz reports on John McCain’s big week in New York.

Observer Classics features Josh Benson on Al Gore.

Joe Conason doesn’t think anyone is laughing at Al Gore anymore.

Julia Gorin doesn’t believe the right should embrace Hillary.

Anna Schneider-Mayerson reports on Scooter Libby’s difficult defense.

Jason Moring rounds up political self-help books for Democrats.

Michael Calderone and Tom McGeveran write about the Tower of Mike.

In the editorials: the Pataki legacy.