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 disturbing news about the FBI's terrorist watch list, which can include the names of people cleared of crimes. Also high on the page is the news that health insurance premiums have skyrocketed across the board this year, canceling out workers' wage growth. For us, the top read is the coverage of a controversy over the validity of the subjects in Bob Dylan's new collection of paintings.
World: The feature on worldwide protest movements makes for a good roundup of what's going on, but its thesis--that protesters take to the street because they lack confidence in their political systems--is too overarching and obvious to take seriously as a news angle. A better protest story comes from Syria, where Christians fearing persecution are backing embattled president Bashar al-Assad. And the Memo from Moscow is good, about the many public faces of Vladimir Putin.
U.S.: The lead story is well worth the click, about the heavy toll on family members caring for injured and psychologically damaged combat veterans. So is the report on widespread abuse allegations in the Los Angeles County jails. And the Congressional Memo has some good political analysis about Congress's recent trend toward short-term fixes that take a long time to hash out.
Business / Technology: There's a great lead story on cell phones as the next frontier in computer hacking, claiming its only a matter of time before currently infrequent attacks become common. Also check out the update on the euro-zone bailout fund, which won a victory by getting Finnish approval on Wednesday. And the story about Toyota backing bands to sell cars reminds us of the old-timey radio dramas produced by toothpaste companies and the like.
Sports: With one game left in the regular season and the Red Sox and Rays neck and neck for the American League wild card spot, check out the game stories on the Rays' Tuesday victory over the Yankees and the Red Sox victory over the Orioles ahead of Wednesday's decider.
Opinion: In the lead op-ed, Army special forces officer Fernando Lujan argues that, as U.S.-based policy wonks seem resigned to failure in the Afghan war, Afgan soldiers increasingly have a die-hard will to win against the Taliban.
Arts: There's a great story about the questions surrounding a Bob Dylan art show of paintings he says are first-hand depictions of his Asia journeys, but that some say are based on widely available photographs.
Dining and Wine: Definitely catch Sam Sifton's review, looking at two restaurants, Coppelia and Miss Lily's, that he says are vying to fill the "cool-kid" space left open by the 2008 closure of Florent. Also check out the feature on a Richmond, Virginia chef who's doing neat things with chicken skin (Jewish bacon, as he calls it).