The First (Tiny) Horse, Auto Bailout 'Delusions', and Mitt's Mom's Campaign

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: Despite the common enemy, Syria's opposition is not a united block. Vladimir Putin will soon resume control of a country that has changed a lot since he first became president in 1999.

Opinion: A member of President Obamas' auto task force in 2009 says Mitt Romney is "dead wrong" about the auto bailout and that GM and Chrysler would not have survived without it. The international community needs to implement "no-kill zones" and drone patrols (and not arm the rebels) to end the violence in Syria.

Politics: Mitt Romney leaned a lot of political lessons from his mother, who ran and lost a campaign for Senate in 1970.

Science: Conservation efforts for sandhill cranes in Wisconsin have worked so well that the birds may have to be hunted to control their numbers. There was a tiny horse from pre-historic times that weighed as little as eight pounds, and may have shrank in response to global warming 56 million years ago.

Art: A review of a retrospective of photographer Cindy Sherman at the Museum of Modern Art and an exhibit on women authors from 1500-1700 at the Folger Library in Washington.

Technology: How Facebook updates can be used to find teenagers who may be depressed and need counseling. Dutch airline KLM is experimenting with a system that would allow passengers to pick seats by looking at the online LinkedIn profiles of other people on the plane.

Movies: A look at the wild film industry of Nigeria that trails only Bollywood and Hollywood in terms of revenue.

Real Estate: Ivy can wreak havoc on some buildings, but provides other benefits like temperature control and eating of pollution.

Style: How to wear a tuxedo.

Books: A new book profiles four people — a Swiss police officer during the Holocaust, a Serbian solider in Croatia, an Israeli officer in the West Bank, and a whistleblower in Texas — who did "the right thing when everyone else was doing evil".

Obituaries: Steve Kordek, the pinball wizard who designed the first two-flipper game that became the game standard in 1948.

Photo Gallery of the Day: “Rembrandt and Degas: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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