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US Press: pick of the papers

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

1. A grim night for Perry, but a good one for Romney (Boston Globe)

Things got less funny for Texas Governor Rick Perry as last night's Republican presidential debate went on, writes Joan Vennochi.

2. Perry's sweet spot (Los Angeles Times)

Republican voters want to beat Obama, says Jonah Goldberg. But they also want to like their candidate. That's a bigger challenge for Mitt Romney than for Rick Perry.

3. Rick Perry is no George W. Bush (USA Today)

Richard Land argues that voters should understand that the two Texans aren't cut from the same cloth.

4. Doubts About Perry Echo Those Faced by Reagan (Wall Street Journal)

Republicans worry that Perry is too ideological, too conservative or too extreme to win a general election, says Gerald F. Seib.

5 Failing the Lincoln test (Washington Post)

Michael Gerson argues that Obama is blowing his chance at greatness.

6. Jobs plan is good and strategic policy (USA Today)

DeWayne Wickham suggests that Obama has blended some GOP tax cuts into his plan to put people back to work.

7. Protect Our Right to Anonymity (New York Times)

Jeffrey Rosen discusses a court case on surveillance technology which threatens Americans' expectation of anonymity in public places.

8. The pass-alone pain from school cuts (Star Tribune)

The state should step up to reduce the need for voters to fund basics, says this editorial.

9. Political roadblock threatens transportation projects, jobs (Detroit Free Press)

This editorial makes the case for investment in transportation to connect communities, fuel the economy and shape patterns of growth.

10. The Misuse of Life Without Parole (New York Times)

A fair-minded society should not sentence anyone to life without parole except as an alternative to the death penalty, says this editorial.