Trimming the Times: Obama's Coffers; History Via Art

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 report on President Barack Obama's fundraising lead in the 2012 race, which he's already using to establish a support and technology network. Also high on the page, in a report from the front lines in Afghanistan, C.J. Chivers describes a recent uptick in rocket attacks on U.S. forces coming from across the border in Pakistan. And don't miss the report on the New York Historical Society's newly renovated building and the documentary paintings that help tell the story of city life in the 19th century.

World: If you don't get it from The Times, you can get it elsewhere, but the news that France's Socialist party has chosen a presidential candidate is worth catching up on, as the favorite for that role had previously been Dominique Strauss-Kahn. For a good feature, check out the report on Tripoli University's new dean, who has been tasked with reinventing the institute to "reverse decades of placing political orthodoxy above academic inquiry."

U.S.: Check out the lead feature about those exchange students in the U.S. who say they were forced to work in sweatshop conditions for Hershey. For a bit of color, catch the Barrow Journal report on the traditional Alaskan fall whale hunt that now involves powerboats and forklifts. And for those following the Occupy Wall Street protests, an interesting article looks at the activists' internal debate about what, if any, demands to make.

Business: The lead story on Amazon's foray into the publishing business is worth the click to get a sense of where the company wants to go with its literary ambitions. And in an update on last year's Gulf oil spill, BP has collected some $4 billion from a partner, Andarko Petroleum, to cover its stake in the disaster.

Sports: In big news from the baseball playoffs, the St. Louis Cardinals have clinched the National League slot in the World Series after a final victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. But the must-click story, if you haven't caught it already, is the tragic account of Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon's death in a fiery, 15-car crash at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Opinion: Bill Keller's column leads the section, in which he compiles news items he sees as human successes, including Liberia's "free, fair, consequential and respected" elections.

Arts: The fascinating lead story takes a close look at the New York Historical Society's newly renovated building and the documentary paintings that make up part of its new collection.

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