US Press: pick of the papers

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

1. My plan to turn around the U.S. economy (USA Today)

Initiative of entrepreneurs, not government, is key to putting people back to work, writes Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

2. The President's Speech Impediment (Wall Street Journal)

The grander the stage, the smaller Mr. Obama comes across, argues William McGurn.

3. When the towers fell (New Yorker)

David Remnick's commentary on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

4. Teachable moment (Daily News)

It's the day after Labor Day. Do you know where your children are? asks Anthony DelMundo. They're not where they belong: in class.

5. Stop bashing government workers (Washington Post)

Public workers shouldn't be scapegoats, says Katrina vanden Heuvel.

6. Three essentials for the deficit panel's proposal (Washington Post)

Democratic congressman James E. Clyburn outlines the goals for the debt supercommittee.

8. And now a word from a job creator (Washington Times)

Even Keynes would think Obama's bunch are chumps, writes Mike Whalen.

9. For the Economy, the Real Slam Dunk Is Debt Forgiveness (Bloomberg)

U.S. homeowners don't need another reduction in their mortgage payments, argues this editorial. What they need is a break on their debts.

10. Dick Cheney misremembers the Iraq war (Chicago Tribune)

Dick Cheney and the Bush administration found it was wrong about WMD. Given time, the inspectors could have told them that, claims Steve Chapman.

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Britain is running out of allies as it squares up to Russia

For whatever reason, Donald Trump is going to be no friend of an anti-Russia foreign policy.

The row over Donald Trump and that dossier rumbles on.

Nothing puts legs on a story like a domestic angle, and that the retired spy who compiled the file is a one of our own has excited Britain’s headline writers. The man in question, Christopher Steele, has gone to ground having told his neighbour to look after his cats before vanishing.

Although the dossier contains known errors, Steele is regarded in the intelligence community as a serious operator not known for passing on unsubstantiated rumours, which is one reason why American intelligence is investigating the claims.

“Britain's role in Trump dossier” is the Telegraph’s splash, “The ‘credible’ ex-MI6 man behind Trump Russia report” is the Guardian’s angle, “British spy in hiding” is the i’s splash.

But it’s not only British headline writers who are exercised by Mr Steele; the Russian government is too. “MI6 officers are never ex,” the Russian Embassy tweeted, accusing the UK of “briefing both ways - against Russia and US President”. “Kremlin blames Britain for Trump sex storm” is the Mail’s splash.

Elsewhere, Crispin Blunt, the chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, warns that relations between the United Kingdom and Russia are as “bad as they can get” in peacetime.

Though much of the coverage of the Trump dossier has focused on the eyecatching claims about whether or not the President-Elect was caught in a Russian honeytrap, the important thing, as I said yesterday, is that the man who is seven days from becoming President of the United States, whether through inclination or intimidation, is not going to be a reliable friend of the United Kingdom against Russia.

Though Emanuel Macron might just sneak into the second round of the French presidency, it still looks likely that the final choice for French voters will be an all-Russia affair, between Francois Fillon and Marine Le Pen.

For one reason or another, Britain’s stand against Russia looks likely to be very lonely indeed.

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to British politics.