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US Press: pick of the papers

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

1. Lessons From the Amanda Knox Case (New York Times)

The overturned verdict in the Amanda Knox case should make us look hard at other murder trials, says Timothy Egan.

2. Another Boomlet for an Unknown Republican (Roll Call)

Like a heroin addict who needs his next needle, the national media have once again whipped themselves up into a frenzy about a noncandidate. This time, it's Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, writes Stuart Rothenberg.

3. Infant death ranking a shame on US (USA Today)

A country spending more per person on health care than any other stands 41st out of 193. This editorial says there is no excuse.

4. What if Christie were a woman? (Washington Post)

The extra weight would have precluded any kind of political career, says Ruth Marcus.

5. The mask of Anonymous (Boston Globe)

Anonymous' once-idealistic group of hackers are behaving more like web vigilantes now, and have turned their wrath against those who seek to expose that very fact, says Juliette Kayyem.

6. You're truly in love with your iPhone (St Petersburg Times)

Turn it off, order some good Champagne and find love and compassion the old-fashioned way, advises Martin Lindstrom.

7. In Defense of Romney (New York Times)

Mitt Romney does not fit the exciting mold Republicans think they want, but he may be just what the times require, writes David Brooks.

8. Sarbox and Immigration Reform for Jobs (Wall Street Journal) ($)

The president is right, says Bob Greifeld: America can't wait until 2012 for change.

9. Covering maternity care in California (Los Angeles Times)

Last month state lawmakers passed two bills that would require maternity coverage to be included in comprehensive health insurance policies. Gov. Brown should sign them into law, argues this LA Times editorial.

10. Chris Christie, unfit for the White House (New York Daily News)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would be a bull in a china shop if he were to become president, says Richard Cohen.