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

1. Confronting the Malefactors (New York Times)

Paul Krugman thinks that Occupy Wall Street is starting to look like an important event that might even eventually be seen as a turning point.

2. What debit card fee critics miss on capitalism (USA Today)

According to this editorial, the uproar is as misguided as Bank of America's action was predictable.

3. Like a complete unknown? (Boston Globe)

The choice of another obscure writer for this year's Nobel Prize in Literature highlights the gap between the literary establishment and the people who actually consume literature, writes this editorial.

4. Obama's secret death panel (Washington Times)

This editorial asks: Can the National Security Council assassinate Americans?

5. Crackdown needed on pulpit politics (Star Tribune)

The IRS needs to enforce the law on tax-exempt status for churches, argues this editorial.

6. Against Nostalgia (New York Times)

Today there is no tech company that looks more like the Big Brother from Apple's iconic 1984 commercial than Apple itself, writes Mike Daisey.

7. Lessons of the Irish Comeback (Wall Street Journal) ($)

Investors would be shortsighted to overlook the country's progress, writes Michael Hasenstab; other indebted governments would have to be blind.

8. Cash taints judicial races (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Candidates are forced to raise funds from the very lawyers and special interests likely to bring cases before them on the bench, warns this editorial of the Common Pleas and Municipal Courts elections.

9. Message from on high (Washington Post)

Sarah Palin will sit out 2012. Television producers will be disappointed, says Kathleen Parker, but she proves (finally) that there is a God.

10. Michigan universities should offer in-state tuition rates for immigrants (Detroit Free Press)

Many of the college-age children of illegal immigrants have lived here most of their lives, attended Michigan public schools, and their parents have paid Michigan taxes, this editorial points out.