Shatner on Broadway, BFF's Mitt and Ron, and Harsh Rules for Afghan Girls

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: Even though it is technically illegal, Afghani girls are still given away (or taken away) as payment for the misdeeds of their elder relatives.

Opinion: A Chinese venture capitalist argues that China's political model of "negotiated" political rights is a better model than American democracy. We must get rid of what's left of McCain-Feingold before we can hope to reform the campaign finance system.

Business: Artisinal and craft food makers seem to be rejecting industrial capitalism, but they actually embody the true spirit of traditional capitalists. The "Buffett Rule" isn't in the president's budget, because the tax code is already too complicated.

Politics: Despite their difference, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul have become quiet friends behind the scenes of the primary race.

Health: How a grandmother Alzheimer's disease taught the author valuable lessons about living life. Israel tries to combat an organ transplant system where many patients believe it is against their religion to donate organs, but have no problem accepting them from others.

Music: East Orange, New Jersey, knew hometown girl Whitney Houston before she was star.

Sports: New Hampshire is the only state that offers high school ski jumping.

Theater: A review of William Shatner's one-man Broadway show.

U.S.: Arcosanti, an "urban laboratory" built in the Arizona desert in the 1970s, is re-evaluating its future as an experimental society.

Art: Two major surveys of contemporary art — the New Museum’s second-ever Triennial and the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 76th Biennial — will take place at the same time.

Travel: With Mardi Gras coming up next week, the "36 Hours" column looks at New Orleans.

Sunday Magazine: How companies study your shopping habits to learn everything about you. Nate Silver re-examines the president's chances in November, which now hinges on embracing the 99%.

Obituaries: Journalist Anthony Shadid and former New York Mets catcher Gary Carter.

Photo Gallery of Day: The hidden rooms, secret passagways, and surprise features of some New York apartments.

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