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 lead story in today's paper about the gulf between Iraqi youths and elites is one of a kind. Though a little less unique, the package about a lack prosecutions in the wake of the financial crisis—including a useful timeline and graphic—is also worthwhile. Everything else on the front page is news you can find anywhere.
World: We learned yesterday that the Libyan rebels had hijacked Qaddafi's cell phone network and now other countries are helping them hack into his bank account. Another fascinating item from Russia:Vladimir Putin is working hard to keep the public in the dark about who will be their next president. You might also check out this report on the psychological aftershocks of the Japan earthquake.
U.S.: Because everybody likes a scam artist, start with this story about a Los Angeles man who created a fake American army unit for recent Chinese immigrants. Though everybody's covered the saga over states finding a new lethal injection cocktail, this comprehensive update is helpful. Also old news you can use: Nate Silver tells us how Trump's popularity in his purported run for President exposes flaws in the real frontrunners.
Business: Besides the great coverage on the lack of prosecutions in the wake of the financial crisis, today's business section isn't great. This story about the G-20 nations' policy towards China is syndicated everywhere. And though the report on Moody's failure to reform itself is worth a look, you can read it for free at ProPublica.
Technology: Start with David Pogue's review of the new Blackberry tablet, and then check out how to protect your browser data from third party marketers and/or stalkers. Please, oh please, don't read the how-to on uploading Facebook photos on the iPad; there's a help page at Facebook for that.
Sports: The Times does add some value on Barry Bonds' conviction, going into detail about how he highlights bigger problems for baseball. But for just the basics on his steroids verdict, as well as Kobe Bryant's fine for anti-gay slurs, ESPN has plenty.
Health: Erectile dysfunction drugs will soon be fair game to generic drug makers, and big pharma is scurrying to make their much more expensive name brands unique. We're jumping the gun, sort of, but this week's magazine feature on toxic sugar is worth reading to the end.
Opinion: Today's Times columnists are must reads. Gail Collins sums up John Kyl's recent non-factual statements and the abortion debate. Nicolas Kristof's headline says it all: Raise America's Taxes. Don't bother with anything else.
Arts:x Skip over the obscure theater and music reviews, and head straight to this profile of Pulitzer-finalist playwright Theresa Rebeck's method of tacking abortion politics on stage.