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US Press: pick of the papers

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

1. Free to Die (New York Times)

Compassion is out of fashion among the G.O.P.'s base, says Paul Krugman.

2. Where are the compassionate conservatives? (Washington Post)

Eugene Roberts argues that Republican candidates have forgotten the moral dimension to economic and policy choices.

3. GOP's mixed message on life and death (USA Today)

Chuck Raasch notes that the presidential debates were startling for the self-described pro-life party.

4. Connecting the dots on the deficit (Boston Globe)

The driver of the long-term deficit is the aging of the population and rising health care costs, says Scot Lehigh -- not programs enacted by Obama.

5. Michele Bachmann - a woman's view (Star Tribune)

Bachmann is a challenge for feminist-friendly voters, says Gail Collins.

6. Obama's jobs strategy should be a North American one (Los Angeles Times)

Robert A. Pastor says that few Americans realize is how dependent the country is on Canada and Mexico.

7. Before Palin, remember those classic Doonesbury strips on Obama and Rezko? No? (Chicago Tribune)

John Kass argues that there is a liberal bias in the famous cartoon strip.

8. Bipartisanship of the Wrong Kind (New York Times)

It's not just Republicans who are opposing President Obama's jobs program, says this editorial. Americans need Democrats to step up now.

9. A Ponzi scheme that should be fixed (Washington Post)

The political chatter misses the bigger picture about social security, says Charles Krauthammer.

10. Why cut taxes for rich investors? (USA Today)

Eliminating capital gains tax would mean losing $574 billion in revenue in five years, says this editorial.