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.
It's the first of the month so your clicks have reset, but you still must budget. Leading today's paper: A report on the fallout of all those defections on the Libyan government, news that the U.S. will likely not arm the rebels there, and a House of Representatives committee is shocked, shocked! at the high salaries of officials at government-backed lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Our top pick for today: Mad Men is saved!
Global: The foreign desk leads with the Libya news mentioned above, naturally. There's also a worthwhile report on the final, massive push to rescue 16,000 people missing in Japan. But our pick is Carlotta Gall's great insider look at how losses in Afghanistan and Pakistan have seriously shaken the Taliban fighting force there.
U.S.: Leading this section today is a report on the unique law that makes dialysis free, and how some medical experts are asking elderly patients to forego it, to ease strained resources. But with the government's monthly employment report due out today, the recommended reading is this depressing report on what long-term unemployment can do to a person and how many states are beginning to whittle away at their benefits.
Business: You'll want to read how hedge funds, even the sluggish ones, simply rake in cash. That story also features a slide show for some reason. Meanwhile, those following the bailout will enjoy this look at the wildly varying loans many banks were able to get from the Fed's quick-service counter.
Technology: The Google antitrust case is still the most important tech story of the day, with the search giant's version of things outlined here. Speaking of Google, there's a new book out detailing how the company screwed up in China.
Health: Today's picks depend on your interests: Medical voyeurs will want to look at this big interactive feature on Charcot-Marie tooth disease, while policy wonks will be more interested to read about the disappearance of child-only insurance plans.
Sports: It's baseball season! Enjoy the hometown paper covering its hometown team: The Yankees.
Arts: Television leads the day here. The big news broke last night that Lionsgate and Matthew Weiner had signed a deal to keep Mad Men going for at least two more seasons. Also, check out this dual review of power-family programming in the form of The Kennedys and The Borgias.