North America 25 October 2011 US Press: pick of the papers The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers. Print HTML 1. My Tax and Spending Reform Plan (Wall Street Journal) "Individuals will have the option of paying a 20 per cent flat-rate income tax and I'll cap spending at 18 per cent of GDP," writes Republican presidential hopeful, Rick Perry. 2. Obama should give press access to his fundraisers (San Francisco Chronicle) The Obama White House's restrictions on media access to its fundraising events makes a mockery of its claim to be the most transparent administration in history, argues this editorial. 3. Living dirt poor (Chicago Tribune) Urged on by Occupy Chicago and the other protest movements, Dennis Byrne considers gauging misery and despair among the nation's destitute. 4. Will Amazon Kill Off Publishers? (New York Times) What happens when more writers have the option of a one-stop shop: agent, publisher and bookseller? Authors and publishers debate. 5. The Beauty of Institutions (New York Times) The European Union was not created to deliver Europeans to postmodern bliss but to prevent another hell. It's doing just that, says Roger Cohen. 6. George Clooney is wrong on politics (Politico) Martin Frost asks: In Ides of March, has the actor produced and directed a movie that might depress turnout in 2012? 7. Too hot to ignore (Washington Post) Eugene Robinson considers the scientific finding that settles the climate-change debate. 8. 9-9-no way (Washington Times) Herman Cain's plan raises a constitutional conundrum, concedes Milton R. Wolf. 9. American imperialism? Please (Los Angeles Times) The upside to the US leaving Iraq is that it should quell the nonsensical talk about empire-building, writes Jonah Goldberg. 10. The revolution now in Silicon Valley (Houston Chronicle) While Wall Street is being rattled by a social revolution, Silicon Valley is being by transformed by another technology revolution, says Thomas Freidman -- one that is taking the world from connected to hyperconnected and individuals from empowered to superempowered. › Brussels over Britain 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?