Today on Observer.com: July 17

Obama’s Grim Choice on the Public Option

Midnight at the Board of Elections

Recession Renders Uptown Even More Peripheral as Building Prices, Sales Plunge

Building Stories: No Tears for O’Toole

A Slick New ‘Vanities’ Mines Old Jokes, Gender Politics, to Little Effect

The Week in Interviews: Anderson Cooper Presses the President About ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Adrian Grenier Does Not Mind Getting His Own Drinks

Trump Park Avenue Penthouse Duplex Falls From $51 M. to $31 M.

Opening this Weekend: Harry Potter, Back Again! Plus, (500) Days of Summer, Your New Obsession

A Very Hot Granta Party

The Screenwriters of (500) Days of Summer Talk Love, The Smiths, and How The Graduate Ruined Them For Life

Today on Observer.com: July 17