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January 12, 2009

Welcome to the online edition of The New York Times Upfront, where you'll find a selection of articles from our print edition. (For information on subscribing to the print edition, with all its additional articles, graphics, and teacher's edition, please click here.)

FEATURES

COVER STORY

Great Expectations
With so many crises at home and abroad to deal with, how much can Barack Obama really deliver?


INTERNATIONAL

Turning Back the Clock
Vladimir Putin is leading Russia down an increasingly autocratic path.


NATIONAL

Have We Overcome?
What a black President means for the civil rights movement
PLUS: The House That Slaves Built

Car Trouble
How Detroit's Big Three drove themselves to the brink of ruin

Revolutionary Economics
Did a housing bustand a recession help spark the American Revolution?


TECHNOLOGY

The Web & Free Speech
Is speech on the Internet as free and unregulated as we think?


TIMES PAST

1989: Tiananmen Square
China's students demand democracy, and the government responds with tanks and guns.


DEPARTMENTS

NEWS & TRENDS
Spam's comeback, a White House wordsmith, modern mammoths, and more

EDUCATION

The New College Economics
The recession's impact on paying for college

DEBATE
Al Gore's challenge: Can the U.S. kick its fossil fuel addiction?

OPINION
Times columnist Verlyn Klinkenborg on endangered species

CARTOONS
Some lighter looks at what's in the news