A Soldier Returns; Reaching for Space

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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 Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit's return from captivity in Palestine, which traded him for more than 1,000 of its own in what The Times called "an elaborate exchange that could shake up regional politics." Also high on the page: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's surprise visit to Libya, where she flew to show support for the transitional government and to pledge additional foreign aid. And an ambitious Science section feature includes some great musing about very large-scale space exploration ideas.

World: The report on the United States' debate over whether to wage cyber-war in Libya is quite fascinating, especially in light of the suspected U.S. involvement in the Stuxnet virus that wiped out Iran's nuclear centrifuges last year. And as Israel engages in prisoner swaps with Palestine, check out the news of another man incarcerated as an Israeli spy: American citizen Ilan Grapel, who has been in prison in Egypt since June but is expected to be released soon.

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U.S.: The story of attacks on hair and beards in the Amish communities of Eastern Ohio is well worth your click for the unique look it gives into that normally very private community. In politics there's a pretty tricky campaign finance question in whether the Perry campaign's use of an individual's private plane constituted a donation. And it'll be interesting to see what happens when the Supreme Court takes on the question of people lying about their military honors

Business / Technology: Skip the lead business story on Goldman Sachs' third-quarter loss (you can get it at Bloomberg). Rather, check out the fascinating feature on a newly available sea rout in the Russian Arctic, made possible by global warming. And DealBook has a pretty interesting story about how comments from David Einhorn sent Green Mountain Coffee's stock plummeting on Monday.

Science: The lead story, on a Darpa-organized symposium on a 100-year spaceship study, makes for a fascinating look at what really big, ambitious ideas are out there right now about space travel. And check out the Books on Science report (and slideshow) on a newly published batch of photos from Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott.

Sports: The lead game story and its weird headline (unless you're a Jets fan and you just love reading about how they won). Rather, check out the follow-up to the racing disaster in Las Vegas over the weekend, as hindsight reveals worries about the safety of the track before Dan Wheldon crashed and died there on Sunday.

Opinion: In the lead op-ed, Eastern Nazarene College professors Karl Giberson and Randall Stephens argue that evangelicals risk alienating themselves by sticking too fiercely to their brand of anti-intellectualism.

Arts: The interview with Pixar co-founder and Cars 2 director John Lasseter is worth the click to hear what the normally quite successful filmmaker felt about getting so widely panned for the sequel.

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