Trimming the Times: Budget Shrinking; Keller on Obama

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 the news of President Barack Obama's $3 trillion plan to reduce the national debt through a series of spending cuts and tax increases, which he is set to unveil on Monday. Also high on the page, a lengthy and entertaining feature takes us to Paint Creek, Texas, the boyhood home of Rick Perry, for a look at the candidate as a young man. Our top pick would be Bill Keller's new bi-weekly column, in which he takes a hard look at the Obama presidency.

World: The lead story on the ongoing violent protests in the Yemeni capital is just one of many such reports, but it's worth a read as a good basis for the latest news. Check out the lengthy report on Palestine's preparations to seek recognition by the United Nations at its general assembly this week. And don't miss the Dakar Journal report from Senegal, all about the rappers leading a government resistance movement.

U.S.: Click to the lead story on possible cuts to military retirement benefits--probably the best report on the issue from the limited coverage available. The feature on paramedics making preemptive house calls to chronically ill patients is also worth checking out. And a good report explains how immigration laws are being applied differently 10 years after 9/11 and the Patriot Act.

Business: In the lead story, which is worth the click, Binyamin Appelbaum posits that investors have already begun acting as though Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke had announced policy promoting economic growth, which he's expected to do after a Wednesday policy meeting, and now he risks not meeting those expectations. The story on Greece making sharp budget cuts in order to obtain foreign aid is available elsewhere. Rather, catch David Carr's profile of Tom Freston, a former MTV executive who is developing television networks in Afghanistan.

Technology: If you've been following the federal interest in a possible antitrust case against Google, then the long-ish backgrounder on the topic will mostly be stuff you've read before, but for everyone else, it's a good primer on the issue ahead of Senate hearings this week.

Health: The fascinating story on the burgeoning Chinese and Indian biotech industry makes for a great read that touches on some particularly sticky international health issues.

Sports: It's football season, so just for the sake of autumn you may want to check out the game stories for the Jets' victory over the Jaguars and the Patriots win over the Chargers. But our choice would be the analysis of Floyd Mayweather's controversial victory over a headbutting Victor Ortiz in Las Vegas.

Opinion: Bill Keller has the lead op-ed on Monday, The Times' former executive editor muses on when and how Barack Obama's presidency became a disappointment.

Arts: Everybody has coverage of Sunday night's Emmy awards, but this round is as good as any, with plenty of interactive photos.

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