Jeb's Choice, a Hollywood Tell-All, and the Search for Aliens Continues

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: Former governor Jeb Bush, the most prominent Republican in Florida, is not taking sides in the primary, perhaps thinking of his own national future. The SETI project, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, has been re-started after a brief hiatus, but is desperately searching for money to keep the hunt for aliens alive. If we could make a pill that would force people to be "moral," should we do it?

Opinion: Paul Krugman says Britain's attempts at austerity are a disaster.

U.S.: An 11-year-old girl in remote Montana is the only student in the entire Sunset School District.

Books: A new tell-all, gossipy memoir by Scotty Bowers, who for years served as a "madam," arranging sexual liaisons for Hollywood's secretly gay and lesbian stars.

Lifestyle: How to break up with a friend. Should you really hire a life coach who is half your age, and has barely had time to live their own life yet?

New York: A Wall Street "financier" promised to help the family of a Brooklyn woman who was burned alive in her elevator, but after several weeks the money has not shown up.

Business: Fighting loneliness in the work place can improve productivity for the whole organization.

Sports: Wall trampoline looks to move out of the circus and into the world of competitive sport.

Movies: Dreamworks struggles to survive as a studio despite 10 Oscar nominations. A new documentary attempts to unpack the many, many theories about the real meaning behind the horror film, The Shining. (A story that includes the best correction of 2012, so far: "An earlier version of this article incorrectly described imagery from 'The Shining.' The gentleman seen with the weird guy in the bear suit is wearing a tuxedo, but not a top hat.")

Health: Millions of kids are taking attention-deficit drugs, but one psychologist says they don't solve any problems and often have bad side effects.

Music: The debate continues to rage between those who revere (and pay big bucks for) antique string instruments, and those who insist the age or legacy of an instrument makes no difference to its sound.

Obituaries: Jonathan Idema, a con-man and self-appointed "terrorist hunter" who went to prison for torturing Afghans in his private jail.

Photo Gallery of the Day: "A journey along Interstate 4, through central Florida, reveals despair about the economy."

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