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 news that Congress has passed three new free trade deals (with South Korea, Columbia, and Panama), ending a five-year-old political stalemate. Also high on the page, a story in the ongoing Race Remixed series looks at a biracial family that still encounters awkward looks and insensitive comments. For us, the top read was the account of a new, remote-controlled photo project with Ai Weiwei, who directed Max Vadukul on where to take pictures in New York.
World: The Baghdad Journal entry about the Iraqi hip-hop scene is worth the click, revealing an American impact seen not in the telltale fast food joints but rather in the attitude of young people there. The ongoing story about the Egyptian military's response to the death of two dozen Coptic Christian protesters on Sunday is important, but you can get it elsewhere. Rather, check out the report from Rason, North Korea, a tiny island of free-market capitalism in the otherwise closed society.
U.S.: The updates on the alleged Iranian terrorist plot to kill the Saudi ambassador are in this section, including a feature portraying suspect Mansour J. Arbabsiar as a "bumbling opportunist" rather than a "calculating killer." The story of a ride-along with Arizona border agents on the night shift is also pretty interesting as a snapshot of on-the-ground action relating to a big national issue.
Business / Technology: You'll want to catch the news about JP Morgan's 4 percent decline in its third-quarter profits, but of course you can get that elsewhere. Rather, check out the story of a Hong Kong university student caught in the middle of an international online controversy over an image he created of the Apple logo with Steve Jobs's profile. And if you want to see the iPhone 4S's personal assistant Siri in action, there's a video worth watching.
Science: In a bit of a macabre breakthrough, scientists have reconstructed the complete genome of the black death that swept through Europe in the Middle Ages.
Sports: In baseball, the Texas Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers to come within a game of becoming the American League World Series contender, while the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers in a closer game that got them an advantage in the National League Championship Series. Beyond the game stories, though, there's a fascinating account of a well-known horse trainer suspended from racing for 10 years for widespread rule violations.
Opinion: Harvard economics professor Martin Feldstein argues in the lead op-ed that the only real way to solve the persistently grim housing market is for the government to step in and reduce some of the mortgage debt Americans are carrying.
Arts: The lead story on a New York rapper who's departing from the city's usual style to create a bit of a national hodgepodge is pretty good. But perhaps even more fascinating is the account of a new project by dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who used a video link to direct a photographer around New York City for a new series of collaborative photos.