Trimming the Times: Rehashing Romneycare; L.A. Art Explosion

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 from Tuesday's Republican debate on the economy, which leads with Mitt Romney's "robust defense" of his Massachusetts health care plan. Also high on the page, and our top read in today's paper, a massive art show that spans galleries throughout Southern California aims to get the region taken seriously in the American art scene.

World: Don't miss the lead story and accompanying interactive feature following up on those Chilean miners freed from underground a year ago -- it turns out they're not doing so well. And the Memo from Rome makes for a great read as it traces the zany political maze that has kept Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in power for so long.

U.S.: Check out the lead story on the expanding nationwide law enforcement response to Occupy Wall Street protests, which pits those new to protesting against those new to policing them. And while the news of that alleged Iranian terrorist plot grabbed headlines on Tuesday, you may want to check in with the trial of another alleged terrorist, the accused 2009 Christmas Day airplane bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

Business / Technology: After the iPhone 4S previews come the reviews, and David Pogue's rave for the new gadget leads the section, laying out its features quite clearly. You can skip the story on Chrysler's new contract with United Auto Workers (get it at Associated Press if you're interested). But The Times coverage of an Indian auto worker strike is worth the read for how it connects that story outside India.

Sports: Read the update on the N.B.A. contract dispute if you must -- it's depressing but it's certainly the big news of the sports world (though you can get more creative coverage elsewhere). Depending on who you're rooting for you may find it more soothing to catch up on the American League Championship Series as the Tigers beat the Rangers after a tough start to the tournament.

Opinion: In the lead op-ed, Louis Hyman, an assistant professor of history at Cornell, argues that retailers' revival of the Christmas layaway program is a bad deal for consumers.

Arts: You've already read the big feature on the Southern California art show Pacific Standard Time, so turn toward the literary with a fascinating preview of a series of children's books planned by Decemberists' front man Colin Meloy. Also, check out the unique story of a Florida museum that found a boon in having one of its paintings investigated as possible Nazi loot.

Dining and Wine: We've already pointed gleefully to the review of Per Se (Sam Sifton's final effort), but there are other gems in this week's food section, including a look at what protesters are eating at Occupy Wall Street, and a feature on the decent wines coming from New York's Finger Lakes region.

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