The Man Who Fights Gay Marriage, Walruses and Whales, and Tasting Menus

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 10 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: Frank Schubert has "masterminded" many efforts to fight gay marriage, including Proposition 8 in California, and is now the chief strategist working to strike it down in four states.

World: The U.S. military "secretly" sent a task force to Jordan to help handle the influx of Syrian refugees.

Politics: As Romney warns about China costing the U.S. manufacturing jobs, he "has as much as $2.25 million invested in three Bain funds with large stakes in Asimco and at least seven other Chinese businesses, according to his 2012 candidate financial disclosure and other documents."

New York: A look at Mitik, the 234-pound, 15-week-old walrus on his way to Brooklyn.

Business: Younger Indians, more familiar with Western-style shopping experiences, encourage foreign retailers like Walmart to come in, whereas the older generation is more cautious.

Environment: A proposal underway to import 18 beluga whales "for popular interactive park attractions" ignites questions about how the whales are lucrative for business and "would end an import hiatus of nearly two decades that is rooted in misgivings about removing intelligent and social marine mammals from their native waters and their families."

Sports: As the Oakland Athletics keep 19,888 upper-deck seats under tarps, the team has an intimate relationship with fans.

Opinion: Justin B. Hollander on the benefits of paper textbooks as Arne Duncan discusses phasing them out.

Television: Mike Hale deems Nashville "the best of the fall pilots, if only because of" the presence of Connie Britton.

Dining & Wine: Pete Wells talks about the pitfalls of the tasting menu trend.

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