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 leads with a report on Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his newly close relationship with House Republicans, which it says can complicate policy decisions. Another story high on the page points out the setback to the Afghan peace process that come with Tuesday's assassination of High Peace Council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani. Our top choice: The intriguing and dramatic saga of a Rhode Island police chase that led to corruption allegations during Tropical Storm Irene.
World: Check out the story on President Barack Obama's formal meeting with Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, Libya's transitional leader, at the U.N. general assembly -- obviously a lot of other news organizations have the story, but this is some of the most detailed and straightforward coverage. The follow-up story on victims' and survivors' suspicion of China's upcoming findings in a report on July's horrific train crash is also worth the click. And the report on a Somali children's radio contest whose first prize was an AK-47 is just... weird.
U.S.: The lead story on California Gov. Jerry Brown's new challenges from Republican state lawmakers makes for a good check-in with a veteran politician unused to the turn state politics have taken. Also check out the look at Marine Corps recruiters canvassing a gay community center in Tulsa on the first day after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. And the odd story of alleged police corruption and a botched car chase in Rhode Island during Tropical Storm Irene is a very entertaining read, if perhaps a little over-written.
Business: Skip the lead story on SABmiller buying Foster's (it's available elsewhere, if you're interested). Instead, check out the report of a top banker in cash-strapped Spain, who's being investigated for an alleged secret Swiss bank account to evade taxes. And as the nation struggles to figure out its employment crisis, a new report brings word of Republican push-back against further Fed stimulus.
Sports: The photo-heavy feature on bronze statues of players popping up at baseball parks nationwide points out a neat trend that was just waiting for someone to come along and identify it. And the story on the woman who volunteered for the entire PGA tour after her husband died of cancer is touching, even if you're not a golf or RV fan.
Opinion: Robert C. McFarlane and R. James Woolsey argue in the lead op-ed that flex-fuel cars (which burn multiple types of fuel such as ethanol and gasoline) would be a good way to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, if domestic auto makers would only build them.
Arts: The top story on an American joining the legendary Russian Bolshoi Ballet is very cool for fans of the discipline. Closer to home, check in with the Metropolitan Opera's awkward game of "musical chairs" as it deals with an injured conductor.
Dining and Wine: As his time as food critic winds down, Sam Sifton heads to his favorite borough, Brooklyn, to deliver a one-star review of Williamsburg's St. Anselm. And the feature on Philadelphia chef Michael Solomonov cooking Israeli food in tribute to his dead brother is a worthwhile read.