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.
Leading the home page today, we get to meet the men being tested by the budget crisis; President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner. There's also a report on the crisis itself, and how it's not much closer to a resolution. If all that's too depressing, we recommend Motoko Rich's report on how difficult it is to find a job when you're on disability. That ought to lift your spirits (sigh).
World: The best read here is C.J. Chivers's analysis on the Libyan rebel forces, who "don't really add up to an army." Also of interest: John Huntsman, the departing U.S. ambassador to China, took a farewell swipe at the country's dismal human rights record.
U.S.: For those interested in Hollywood history and culture, the feature on the fading Hollywood Women's Club is crucial reading. But overall, the piece on police misusing social media is our top pick here.
Business: The story, mentioned above, about looking for work while no disability, leads the section today and is also the best read. There's a report on Portugal seeking a bailout from the European Union, but the Wall Street Journal has a more recent version of that story.
Technology: Leading this section is a look at Web security in light of the Comodo hack, but you can skip that as CNET has been all over it. Rather, the most interesting story by far is this report on the National Labor Relations Board preparing a case against Reuters for its reprimanding a reporter over a critical Twitter post.
Science: Farmers and their governments are still trying to figure out how to strike a balance between growing crops for biofuel and for food, with the danger of a food crisis looming. In other green business news, General Electric says it will announce plans to build the world's largest solar panel factory, but it hasn't said where. More on that here.
Health: Oddly, the two leading stories here are the deaths of two scientists. One discovered and worked to find treatment for the hepatitis B virus; the other developed one of the first effective AIDS drugs.
Sports: The Red Sox lead with news of their astonishingly bad record in a season still in its infancy. But golf nuts will want to read this roundup of speculation as the Masters begins today in Augusta.
Opinion: In an op-ed piece seemingly tailor-made for English majors who wish they'd studied the classics more, Caroline Alexander makes the case that the planned Sept. 11 memorial in New York misuses the lines from Virgil, which it intends to feature prominently.
Arts: Read the feature on rehearsing for Stephen Sondheim's Company. It's a great look behind the scenes at a high-caliber stage performance, and Stephen Colbert is in it.
Style: In fashion news, this spring will be the season of long skirts, be they peasant dresses or "unabashedly romantic pavement sweepers."
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