China's New Leader, the Real Problem with Cruises, and Maurice Sendak

A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.

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Behind the New York Times pay wall, 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: Robert Bauer and Ben Ginsberg, election lawyers on opposing sides of issues, will work together on a new commission created after President Obama's State of the Union.

World: China's new top leader Xi Jinping is wavering between a hard-line belief in the party and a plan to attack corruption within.

U.S.: The problems of Carnival's Triumph fit into larger concerns about the cruise-ship industry, which is "increasingly is priced for the middle class but that critics say has become too large too fast and needs stronger, more consistent oversight."

New York: In his last State of the City address, Mayor Bloomberg talked about his ambitions for closing out his term and warned of what's to come after him.

Health: The FDA approved a treatment that will give some sight to the blind, a device that "allows people with a certain type of blindness to detect crosswalks on the street, the presence of people or cars, and sometimes even large numbers or letters."

Sports: Oscar Pistorius' murder charges remind the world "yet again that it becomes risky to equate sporting accomplishment with heroism and incorruptible behavior."

Opinion: J. Malcom Garcia on how in Syria "Islamist militants are exploiting the uncertainty."

Books: Dwight Garner reviews Maurice Sendak's posthumous book, My Brother's Book.

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