US Press: pick of the papers

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

1. School lunch policy: Let them eat crud (Chicago Tribune)

Mary Sanchez thinks that if anyone needs more evidence that Congress is working on behalf of lobbyists, this school-lunch charade is it.

2. Occupy our consciences (Washington Post)

We must acknowledge that the Occupy movement has accomplished things that the more established left didn't, writes E.J. Dione Jr.

3. Fixing Medicare (New York Times)

Its problems are profound, admits this editorial -- but beware of anyone promising quick fixes.

4. Newt 2.0 still has faults of Newt 1.0 (Politico)

Martin Frost writes: "I wouldn't vote for Gingrich, but I do have an appreciation for his strengths and weaknesses."

5. To stop the slaughter (New York Post)

The United Nations must act now to stop civilian deaths in Syria implores Amir Taheri.

6. Apple's American job disaster (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Manufacture of its products meant good-paying jobs in the U.S. But a move to China took them away, point out Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele.

7. How China Can Defeat America (New York Times

China's growing influence over the global economy means increasing competition with the United States is inevitable, a theme which is explored in this editorial.

8. Rising from the pack, Gingrich invites scrutiny (USA Today)

In light of Newt Gingrich's increasing popularity, Susan Page places the GOP candidate under close examination.

9. IRS should review Scientology tax-exempt status (St Petersburg Times)

The Church of Scientology's coercive funding methods warrant investigation by the Internal Revenue Service according to this editorial.

10. For children's sake, don't just slash Medicaid (Denver Post)

Jim Shmerling warns cuts to the Medicaid health programme will disproportinally harm the young.

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Police shoot man in parliament

A man carrying what appeared to be a knife was shot by armed police after entering the parliamentary estate. 

From the window of the parliamentary Press Gallery, I have just seen police shoot a man who charged at officers while carrying what appeared to be a knife. A large crowd was seen fleeing from the man before he entered the parliamentary estate.

After several officers evaded him he was swiftly shot by armed police.

Ministers have been evacuated and journalists ordered to remain at their desks. 

More follows. Read Julia Rampen's news story here.

Armed police at the cordon outside Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Getty

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.