Trimming the Times: Boehner Gets Tough; Frankenstein for Real

A guide to what's in the New York Times for those worried about hitting its pay wall

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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 look at House speaker John Boehner's newly tough style, which he's adopted in the face of flagging Republican support for his debt deal. Also high on the page, a report on where investors are looking to stash their money in the event of a U.S. debt default. Our top pick for today, though, is the fascinating report on scientists closing in on creating artificial life.

World: The lead story, on European responses to anti-immigration extremists, is a good temperature-read on the continent's shifting mood. Also, a look at the Palestinian budget crisis has faint echoes of home. And the report on the assassination of Kandahar's mayor is worth a read, even if you caught the news elsewhere.

U.S.: For a summer news feature, the lead story on rival peach production in the South actually carries some significant economic themes. And the story on wider human interaction with bears in the West turns out to be an environmental cautionary tale, well worth the click.

Business: The debt ceiling debate weighs heavily on this section, with the lead on those investment havens being supported by a report on the Treasury Department's internal debate on which bills to pay. Outside that issue, the ProPublica feature on splitting up major banks is a good Dealbook pick.

Technology: You can skip the lead report, on the arrest of Anonymous and LulzSec frontman Topiary, as you've probably already heard about it. And while the top business stories, on Sony's and Nintendo's slashed profit forecasts are fine, the news can be gotten elsewhere.

Science: The story to read here is the fascinating report on scientists trying to generate life from chemicals in a test tube, which they say is possible and not far off.

Sports: Don't miss the fun report on the high-energy mixture of professional and amateur athletes that play in Baruch College's annual summer tournament, the Nike Pro City League.

Opinion: In the lead op-ed, educator Jeff Smink makes the case for increased summer school so students don't forget too much over summer vacation.

Arts: The review of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's exhibit, the Great American Hall of Wonders, makes it sound like a fantastic way to spend a summer afternoon.

Style: A feature leading the section holds clues for the square set on what New York clubs harbor what secret dress codes.

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