June 13, 2011
Trimming the Times: FBI's New Powers; Humanizing Debt Collectors

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.

At the top of the home page today, the report on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s wide easing of its search and surveillance regulations will surely get privacy advocates fired up. Also high on the page, President Barack Obama is courting Wall Street power players as election season nears. And don’t miss the feature on debt collectors and their (unsurprisingly difficult) quest to be treated with a little bit of dignity and respect in their job.

World: The story on Japan’s political climate of mistrust in the wake of the Fukushima meltdown is a good read for understanding the disaster’s medium-term effects on the nation as a whole. The report on the Syrian army retaking Jisr al-Shoughour is good for a check-in on the situation, but if you’re looking for real-time updates, you might want to head over to the Guardian, which has alive blog set up to report the situation. Also, the feature on ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s sister is a good snapshot of Thai politics, a little more than a year after the Red Shirt riots.

U.S.: The feature on teenagers looking for summer jobs is neat in a nostalgic kind of way, but there’s not much news value.  For a little more gravity, check out Jesse McKinley’s analysis of the chances of a future California vote on same-sex marriage

Read more at The Atlantic Wire and make the most of your clicks.

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