Bad Schools, Amazon's Scorched Earth, and the Race to the South Pole

A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.

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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: Some Indian tribes in California are kicking out members who don't have the proper ancestry, mostly so that they don't have to pay them their share of massive casino profits. As Americans leave Iraq there are growing concerns about the Prime Minister  we're leaving behind, who has been arresting political enemies.

Science: Wednesday is the 100th anniversary of Roald Amundsen reaching the South Pole for the first time. A look back at his race to conquer Antarctica.

World: American schools have a lot to learn from Finland, which is teaching what it can about its world-leading education system.

Opinion: Paul Krugman says that just because it's not the Great Depression, that doesn't mean there we're not in a global depression, which also threatens democracy in Europe. Also, for schools to succeed, we must address the inequality that separates poor students from rich students.

U.S.: Some neighborhoods in New York are finally shedding the iron bars that covered windows in crime-ridden neighborhoods.

Business: The toy industry is 2011 has lacked that must-have gift sensation like the ones that have driven previous holiday seasons. Amazon's "scorched-earth capitalism" is upsetting booksellers again, as they encourage shoppers to browse in stores, but buy online. A for-profit schools make hundreds of millions (in taxpayer money) educating 200,000 kids remotely, but nearly all of them are failing as students.

Health: Why medicine should continue to treat people, even when we know they are going to die.

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