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.
Americans are feeling pessimistic, and the Times poll explaining why leads today's paper. Related is this report on how consumer spending cuts correlate with dramatic dips in sales for "green" products. The best cover stories, though, take you to Afghanistan where a once-violent village has turned peaceful and New York City where Indian immigrants are using the waters of Jamaica Bay as a Ganges away from the Ganges.
World: The United States' deployment of armed drones will be a popular headline this morning so think before you click on the Times version. Kurds are fighting for recognition in Turkey in the latest burst of enthusiasm for democracy in that region. In Japan, residents of the nuclear zone visited their homes one last time to collect belongings before radiation levels rise too high.
U.S.: This refreshing look at cooperation at play in Oregon's perfectly divided state legislature contrasts with this report on the popularity of the "birther" movement elsewhere in state legislatures. Meanwhile, some GOP freshmen are having trouble raising money for their reelection campaigns.
Business: Don't miss this report on broadcasters facing off with mobile carriers for rights to the increasingly crowded airwaves. (Yes, even the air has a bandwidth now.) Apple finds itself in a fun position as they attempt to figure out how to spend their "ridiculous" pile of cash. To cap a busy day of media business news is a advertising take on Morgan Spurlock's new movie about product placement.
Opinion: Paul Krugman's column today revisits the theme of patients-as-consumers from the two year-old healthcare debate, and David Brooks' is a sort of weird half theater review, half rant about religion. Skip them both and read this column on looking Trump, Sheen, Berlusconi and spectacle.
Sports: Hockey fans will love this retrospective on famous failures in playoff games that was prompted by a Rangers abrupt loss in second overtime Wednesday night. If you're choosing between the pair of profiles in today's paper, pick the article about Idan Ravin (a.k.a. "The Hoops Whisperer") over that of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.
Arts: Ever wonder how they train guide dogs for the blind? Read this. Weekend Arts is otherwise busy with movie reviews this week. You'll be tempted to check out what Stephen Holden has to say about "Water For Elephants" but don't click. (He thinks it's bland.) Have a look instead at this survey of the horror category at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. And this review of the upcoming HBO special exploring the making of America's first reality TV show in 1974 is fascinating.