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February 20, 2006

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 addtional articles, graphics, and teacher's edition, please click here.)

FEATURES

COVER STORY
President Bush authorized spying without warrants. Is it constitutional?

INTERNATIONAL
Sharon is out; Hamas is in. What's next for Israelis and Palestinians?

INTERNATIONAL
Forced to marry young, girls in sub-Saharan Africa pay a price.

NATIONAL
The federal minimum wage is still $5.15 an hour, but 17 states have raised theirs.

NATIONAL
How the nation's demographics are changing as it nears a milestone.

TIMES PAST
The Iron Curtain and the Cold War

DEPARTMENTS

NEWS & TRENDS
Skiing in Dubai; Supreme Court Jesters; Doggie Diets; and more

DEBATE
Should there be a federal shield law for journalists?

OPINION
Excerpts from New York Times columnists

VOICES
Ellen Cogen, 18, on endangered sea turtles

CARTOONS
Some lighter looks at what's in the news