Passing The Buck: Banks, the Supercommittee, and Paterno

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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. 

Top Stories: It looks like the debt "supercommittee" is trying to pass the buck on the details of tax raises, setting a revenue target now and leaving it to Congress to figure out (or ignore) the rest next year. Convicted felons are finding it easier and easier to get their gun ownership rights back after they get out of prison. Bill Keller looks at Mitt Romney's case for the general election. (It's the economy, stupid.)

World: Police in Rio try to clean out the slums before the World Cup and Olympic games arrive in the next few years.

Business: Bank of America may have backed off debit card fees, but that doesn't mean they and others can't find other ways to raise under the radar banking fees for consumers.

Sports: Manny Pacquiao defended his title this weekend, but at a heavy cost to his body and his fearful reputation.

Technology: A look inside Google X, a secret lab where engineers develop pie-in-the-sky ideas (that have nothing to with search or keyword ads.) Should your kids be getting Klout scores? What if they never signed up for the site and they're data is being scraped from other places? Facial recognition (and the intrusions on your life that come with it) are finally staring to come of age.

Recommended Reading

Book Review: Henry Kissinger reviews a massive new biography of fellow statesman (and architect of "containment policy") George Kennan

Magazine: How could Israel swap 1,027 prisoners for just one soldier? It seems the calculus has changed for Israel's dealings with its enemies.

Finally, some more "in case you missed it" reads from this weekend: Ross Douthat's excellent take on Joe Paterno, the breakdown of Mitt Romney's corporate history, and the ridiculous amenities found in some college dorms.

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