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US Press: pick of the papers

The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers.

1. So Much for the Nativists (New York Times)

The flurry of visa-related bills making the rounds on Capitol Hill offers further proof that the country cannot live without immigrant labor, says this editorial.

2. Occupy Oakland exits the high ground (San Francisco Chronicle)

Tear gas and masks are the new images of the Occupy movement, not anti-Wall Street placards or speeches, reports this editorial. The street battles in Oakland - and possible police sweeps elsewhere, including San Francisco - have overtaken the cause.

3. The shortcomings of Rick Perry's tax plan (Washington Post)

"More complex, less fair and a larger deficit", according to the Post.

4. How Obama can win reelection (Boston Globe) ($)

Obama won't convince anyone that he has turned the country around, says Joshua Green; but he could justifiably claim that he has fixed many of the problems bequeathed to him by his predecessor.

5. Up from underwater (Los Angeles Times)

According to this editorial, Obama's housing rescue plan is an overdue step that could bring relief to millions of homeowners.

6. With finger in the air, Romney isn't showing he's No. 1 (Chicago Tribune)

GOP presidential candidate waffles on Ohio issue and exposes his indecision, John Kass.

7. The Vatican meets the Wall Street occupiers (Wasington Post)

E J Dionner Jr asks: If our religious leaders won't challenge us to love mercy and do justice, who will?

8. Cop cams could build credibility (Denver Post)

This editorial welcomes Denver's upcoming experiment with police wearing digital cameras, but not only for the usually cited reason that it could improve police accountability.

9. Yes, the GOP field is incredibly weak (Washington Examiner)

Each Republican contender brings some attributes to the table, writes Philip Klein -- but not one of them seems up to the task at hand.

10. Learning while going green on campuses (USA Today)

Ben Glassner says too many campuses fail to teach students about sustainability.