1. Just answer the question (Boston Globe)
Debates don't make or break, says James E. Sununo -- they're not boxing matches. They are just another part of the campaign narrative.
2. The case for a third party candidate (Politico)
It should not be surprising that there is support for an independent option in 2012, writes Douglas E. Schoen.
3. Joe McGinniss: Why I used unnamed sources (USA Today)
Writer behind unauthorized Sarah Palin biography, The Rogue, argues that he utilized a method that is controversial, but defensible and necessary.
4. Is the Tea Party Over? (New York Times)
According to Bill Keller, for the answer, watch Rick Perry.
5. Stop treating medical marijuana patients as criminals (Detroit Free Press)
A new federal order barring users from possessing firearms is illogical and ridiculous, argues this editorial.
6. Youth pushed to the edge (Boston Globe)
The "Occupy Wall Street" movement is a direct strike to the nation's conscience by a population that feels excluded from the American dream, writes James Carroll.
7. Understanding the consequences of changes in the minimum wage (The Oregonian)
It may just be a "lousy" 30 cents to snarky activists, but to business owners could be the difference between 10 people on a shift or nine, and unemployment for the person losing out, says Michael Saltsman.
8. Steve Jobs and the Future of Newspapers (Wall Street Journal) ($)
Apple boss loved the printed product, says L. Gordon Crovitz, but told him: "our lives are not like that anymore."
9. The Party Spirit on Trial (New York Times)
Aaron Aster takes a look at how the coming of the Civil War destroyed the two-party system.
10. A GOP assault on environmental regulations (Los Angeles Times)
Republicans, though correct that environmental regulations cost money, are oblivious to the public health consequences of pollution and the economic costs of inaction, says this LA Times editorial.