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Morning Call: Pick of the Papers

Ten must read pieces from this morning's papers.

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1. The Prime Minister has put his judgment and integrity on trial (Observer)

David Cameron must deeply regret setting up the Leveson inquiry now that it is exposing his government's way of doing business, says Andrew Rawnsley.

2. From his seat in the dock David Cameron can show who's in charge (Sunday Telegraph)

Matthew D'Ancona thinks the Prime Minister should see his appearance before Leveson as beginning of a prime ministerial re-launch.

3. I fear this terrible massacre will be the beginning of a long civil war in Syria (Independent on Sunday)

A fearful and divided society is sliding towards tragedy, writes Patrick Cockburn.

4. Romney could win, but Obama's grip on the nation is still strong (Observer)

Polls show the Republican challenger moving ahead but, says Michael Cohen, few have noticed how much of America's heartland Obama has captured.

5. A textbook case of how not to defuse a scandal (Independent on Sunday)

John Rentoul finds Jeremy Hunt's defence unworthy of a cabinet minister.

6. Clegg and a memory lapse that Tories won't let him forget (Mail on Sunday)

James Forsyth detects Conservative outrage at Nick Clegg going freelance on foreign policy.

7. We have a duty to put our faith in science, not trample it (Observer)

Will Hutton laments the failure of anti-GM protesters to consider the evidence.

8. Wanted: A business minister for business (Sunday Times)

Leading article channels the spirit of Adrian Beecroft.

9. Yes or No, don't let ill will stifle debate (Sunday Herald)

Leading article reserves judgement on independence, calls for clean fight to decide Scotland's future.

10. Be less productive (New York Times)

Tim Jackson makes the economic case for working less intensively.

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