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

1. Steve Jobs' passing is a sad milestone (Mercury News)

This editorial from the Silicon Valley paper pays tribute to the late Apple co-founder.

2. Elizabeth Warren and liberalism, twisting the 'social contract' (Washington Post)

George F. Will explains why Warren is wrong.

3. Palin was right to forgo 2012 presidential run (Washington Examiner)

This editorial writes that it is time for Republicans to snap out of it, stop pining for a knight on a white horse and choose a nominee from among the candidates already in the race.

4. No to the Keystone XL pipeline (Los Angeles Times)

The jobs crisis is not an excuse for bad policy, say Sean Sweeney and Bill McKibben.

5. Who will be the GOP messiah? (Politico)

The Poll Gods are wrong, writes Roger Smith: Obama is the favourite.

6. Where's the Jobs Bill? (New York Times)

Congressional Democrats need to stop cowering and admit that higher taxes are necessary to revive the economy, and vote for the jobs plan, argues this NYT editorial.

7. Inside D.C.'s gun registry (Washington Times)

The D.C. Gun Registry office is not where you go for help getting a legal gun, writes Emily Miller: It's where you go to get more confused by bureaucracy.

8. Cell phone tells life story that should stay private (Chicago Sun Times)

Privacy laws in the United States need an upgrade, says this editorial.

9. For soldiers, the enemy may be themselves (Boston Globe)

The most dangerous year to be a soldier is the first year, and, as evidenced in a recent Army report, that has nothing to do with the Taliban, Iraqi insurgents, or poor training, writes Juliette Kayyem.

10. Teacher tests church vs. state (USA Today)

This editorial asks: What happens when a church, acting in a secular matter, tries to deprive someone's rights?