North America 27 September 2011 US Press: pick of the papers The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers Print HTML 1. The Lost Decade? (New York Times) Insular thinking and rigid ideas are holding the United States back from productive engagement with its most important problems, says David Brooks. 2. Immigration rhetoric ignores trends (USA Today) The crackdown on illegal immigration is disconnected from reality and already producing unintended consequences, argues this editorial. 3. Republicans playing politics with disaster relief (St. Petersburg Times) Providing fellow citizens with a safe place to sleep, clean water and other basics should not be held hostage to a political circus, says this editorial. 4. A bear of a problem for Obama (Los Angeles Times) Obama has angered America's silent majority, says Jonah Goldberg, and his base is not happy with him either. 5. Even the Muppets know America needs science (Chicago Sun Times) With Bachmann's latest comments on medical vaccines, Sesame Street's science agenda couldn't come at a better time, says this editorial. 6. Why Christie should run for President (Washington Post) Rick Perry's recent stumbles have re-started speculation that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might re-think his "no-go" decision. Chris Cillizza lists the three reasons for him -- and three against. 7. Everyone's a Little Bit Racist (Wall Street Journal) Even the first black president, says James Taranto -- to hear Maxine Waters tell it. 8. The genius of Vladimir Putin (Washington Post) He is a great czar, if not a great man, argues Ralph Peters. 9. The Chris Christie infatuation (Washington Times) Fundraising tour stokes hope that N.J. governor will run for president, writes Emily Miller. 10. Rick Perry is making me swoon (New York Daily News) Richard Cohen explains why he can't help liking the "big Texas lug". › Tom Watson has The Sun in his sights From only £1 a week Subscribe More Related articles Margaret Atwood on how an inspired polymath resurrected Native America’s epics The last British Guantanamo detainee Shaker Aamer will be released When should you start caring about the US presidential election?