Romney's Defense; Immigration's Impact

The home page leads with a report from Tuesday night's Republican debate in Las Vegas, where Mitt Romney defended himself against a "newly assertive" Rick Perry and other rivals.

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Now that The New York TimesĀ 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 report from Tuesday night's Republican debate in Las Vegas, where Mitt Romney defended himself against a "newly assertive" Rick Perry and other rivals. Also high on the page comes the news that New Yorkers, even the ones who love greenery, are starting to realize at the halfway point that the city's plan to plant a million trees is perhaps too ambitious after all. And it's heavy stuff, but we enjoyed the in-depth look at the disproportionate impact on Latinos of President Barack Obama's immigration policy, which brought in much more information than other, straight-number coverage.

World: The lead feature pointing out hard feelings on both sides after the prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas is worth your click because it bucks the narrative that the deal was a complete and utter success. In Libya, fighters for the transitional government can't seem to get control of the city of Sirte, where a stubborn batch of Qaddafi loyalists continue to hold out, and Kareem Fahim's feature points out that's making it hard for the rest of the country to start healing. And check out the unexpected story from China, where thugs have been physically turning away visitors to a dissident lawyer under house arrest.

U.S.: Don't miss the lead report on the disproportionate impact of the Obama administration's deportation program on Latinos, which makes a good counterpoint to the straight news being reported elsewhere that the U.S. deported a record 397,000 people over the last year. On a lighter note, the Out Here report from Decateur, Georgia, is worth your click to revel in the details of a 50-year traditional neighborhood barbecue party.

Business / Technology: If you haven't already, do catch up on the drama in the Murdoch family, as a rift appears between the father-son team of Rupert and James. And on the tech side, there's a quite interesting item about Amazon and Barnes & Noble's fight over the digital rights to DC Comics, which has resulted in Barnes & Noble clearing its physical shelves of the publications.

Sports: It's World Series preview time, so check out this vivid profile of the Cardinals' Albert Pujols, "the best player in baseball since his rookie year of 2001," and the story on how Rangers' ace pitcher C.J. Wilson has studied the game to become one of the greats. Also don't miss the very fun write-up and slide show about the grand tradition of World Series programs.

Opinion: In the lead op-ed, author and academic Jordan Tama makes a case for the backroom deal as a chance for political opponents to "step away from party orthodoxies" and find their common ground during tense negotiations.

Arts: Check out the write-up of a show at the Pace Gallery featuring the 1941 works of sculptor Alexander Calder, whose work is considered to have come into its own during that year. And a great music feature makes the case that the modern protest movement against corporate greed and government inaction lacks any real defining soundtrack.

Dining and Wine: With no full-time critic announced to replace the departed Sam Sifton, reporter Julia Moskin steps in with an opening brief on New York's Prime and Beyond, accompanied by a slide show and a Diner's Jornal entry like a formal review normally would be. But without the stars it's just not the same. Though the interview with Jacques Pepin about proper technique makes up a little bit for the dearth of reviews.

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