1. The Obama Presidency by the Numbers (Wall Street Journal)
The president constantly reminds us that he was dealt a difficult hand. But the evidence is overwhelming that he played it poorly, writes Michael J. Boskin.
2. What the doctor ordered (Los Angeles Times)
Patients should know if their doctors get paid by drug firms, argue Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein.
3. A new way to remember 9/11 (Denver Post)
Ten years ago Sunday, Lynne Steuerle Schofield lost her mother, Norma Lang Steuerle, when American Airlines Flight 77 was flown into the Pentagon.
4. Romney 1, Perry 0 (Washington Post)
Following the first debate, Michael Gerson considers the ex-Governor of Massachusetts the more authentic Republican presidential candidate.
5. India could be way out of Afghan war (Chicago Sun Times)
Something new needs to be injected into Afghan policy, writes this editorial; and it could come from New Delhi.
6. Squeezing Syria (Washington Post)
A WP editorial argues that tougher sanctions could help save the lives of innocents.
7. Casino bill is deeply flawed; rank and file should kill it (Boston Globe)
The long-awaited gambling compromise endorsed by Governor Patrick and legislative leaders is deeply flawed, full of the kind of special deals Patrick had warned against, claims this editorial.
8. Do We Still Need the Patriot Act? (New York Times) ($)
In 2001, in the weeks after Sept. 11, the law passed through Congress easily. But, asks this editorial debate, has it protected us?
9. Prison Progress (Detroit Free Press)
Maybe you were too busy firing up the grill for the holiday weekend to notice, says Jeff Gerrit, but Michigan's prison population dropped to the lowest level in 13 years last Friday.
10. Ideas for the mayor, big and small (Chicago Tribune)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked for it: Ideas on how to close the city's $635.7 million budget deficit, courtesy of Chicago Tribune readers.