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US Press: pick of the papers

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

1. Let's All Feel Superior (New York Times)

The general reaction to the Penn State atrocity has been self-righteous and dishonest. We should all take a look at our propensity to self-deceive, says David Brooks.

2. Why Obama Is Beating the GOP Field (Washington Post)

Republicans aren't closing the deal with voters, finds Eugene Robinson.

3. The New Progressive Movement (New York Times)

Economist Jeffrey Sachs writes: "As before in history, the moment has arrived when people just can't take it anymore."

4. A manifesto for progressive-conservatives (Dallas Morning News) ($)

William McKenzie feels that those, like him, who believe in progressive social values and conservative economics won't have a satisfying presidential candidate come next November.

5. Will partisanship shape the healthcare ruling? (Los Angeles Times)

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide the constitutionality of the individual mandate. Erwin Chemerinsky asks whether the judges see the issue in terms of legal precedent or partisanship.

6. Geography as destiny (Politico)

David Dante Troutt writes that the sprawl of inequity and the reduction of opportunity offend basic American values.

7. Mississippi makes a statement on moral clarity (Detroit Free Press)

The nation's most conservative state has conceded there is something totalitarian in the idea the state can force a woman to bear a child she does not wish to bear, writes Leonard Pitts Jr.

8. Stop-and-frisk is the wrong approach: There are more humane ways to combat crime (New York Daily News)

David Kennedy argues it is time for the NYPD and other departments to attack violence with a coordinated strategy.

9. Family care cuts should be reversed (Star Tribune)

Heaping cuts on relatives who care for disabled is unfair, argues this editorial.

10. Congress Backslides on School Reform (Wall Street Journal) ($)

Kevin Chavous blames the regression on a strange, harmful alliance between the tea party and the teachers unions.

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