Hezbollah's Drug Problem, and the FDA's Government Problem

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: A look at Hezbollah's finances and Lebanese banks that control its money shows that the political party/terrorist organization runs off a massive money laundering operation that is directly involved with Colombian and Mexican drug cartels, among other criminal enterprises.

U.S.: How the challenge from Newt Gingrich has forced Mitt Romney to open up his personal life. More and more American citizens are getting snared in the effort to crack down on illegal immigrants, even though immigration agents are not allowed to arrest and detain citizens.

Opinion: A proposal to remove the Food and Drug Administration from the executive branch and make it truly independent, like the Federal Reserve.

World: A village in China is in open revolt against the government, chasing out goverment officials and barricading the town.

Arts: The Times movie critics discuss their favorite films of the year.

Books: How did actress Hedy Lamarr invent a remote-controlled torpedo?

Tech: In case you missed it, Jenna Wortham's story about young people who refuse to join Facebook.

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