Now that the New York Times pay wall is live, you only get 20 free clicks a month. For those worried about hitting their limit, we're taking a look through the paper each morning to find the stories that can make your clicks count.
The home page today leads with another account of another failed budget meeting between political leaders at the White House. We also get some analysis on why firing Cathleen Black (or hiring her in the first place) does not bode well for third-term New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But the best thing in today's paper is the census coverage in the national section, a couple of highlights of which are noted below.
World: Protests rage on in Egypt, months after Hosni Mubarak's ouster, as the nation tries to figure out its new politics. In Libya, rebels say an air strike hit their tanks, not the government's. But our top pick is this report that Scottish police have finally met with top Libyan defector Moussa Koussa about the Lockerbie bombing. It'll be interesting to see how that shakes out.
U.S.: The national section has a big batch of coverage on the census, including urbanization in Alaska and food trucks in Orange County, California. But the big, nationwide census story is how the count has led to some fierce redistricting battles.
Business: The two most interesting stories here are Motoko Rich's look at potential economic ripples of a government shutdown and Stephanie Clifford's report on retail stores using clutter to sell more. There's also news of a Shanghai Disney park, but you can save a click and read about that elsewhere.
Technology: The story to read here is this report on the Aurasma iPhone app, which blurs virtual and actual realities, on your phone at least.
Science: This section leads with a report on plans to safely demolish the Fukushima nuclear plant, but similar coverage is available here. We wish there was another cool insect slide show, but today you probably have to get serious and read about water pollution in Pennsylvania.
Health: New doctors are getting more down time to keep them better-rested. Pauline Chen asks if that's a good thing for patients. Also, if you want a scare, there's a report on the uptick in CT scans and the questions surrounding their safety.
Sports: It's fairway fever as the Masters gets underway in Augusta. Skip the main tournament coverage, which you can get, literally, everywhere, and refer instead to this quirky coverage of the dastardly 10th hole.
Opinion: Olivia Golden lays out a case for systemic fixes to the child welfare system, using the data analysis tactics of other massive systems, like airlines and hospitals.
Arts: Read this surprisingly interesting review of the "Rooms with a View" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art — a show of paintings depicting naturally lit interiors.
Travel: Previewing Sunday's section, check out what you can do for 36 hours in Abu Dhabi.