North America 25 November 2011 US Press: pick of the papers The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers. Print HTML 1. We Are the 99.9% (New York Times) The 99 per cent slogan is great, writes Paul Krugman, but it actually aims too low. A big chunk of the top 1 per cent's gains have gone to an even smaller group, the top 0.1 per cent. 2. Bye Bye Biden? (Wall Street Journal) Peter Du Point thinks Obama may be eyeing Mrs. Clinton for the 2012 ticket. 3. The GOP contemplates a marriage (Washington Post) Michael Gerson reports on the GOP's latest choice: Steady Romney or risky Gingrich? 4. Stuffing ourselves on Black Friday (Los Angeles Times) On the biggest shopping day of the year, Annie Leonard and Rick Ridgeway suggest you think for a moment about the demands our consumption makes on the planet's resources and ask: Does our family need more stuff? 5. Hard drives, hard questions (Boston Globe) ($) This editorial argues Republican primary voters deserve more give and take from candidate Mitt Romney, who criticizes the Obama administration for a lack of transparency. 6. Congress, don't fail us now (Denver Post) Not acting on payroll tax cuts, unemployment benefits and Medicare would result in disaster, says this editorial. 7. Prison dysfunction (Chicago Tribune) Jonah Goldberg describes "why we love all those criminals" 8. History too kind to Puritans' brutal intolerance (Detroit Free Press) Eric Sharp syas Americans should give a thought to the enduring myth that Thanksgiving perpetuates. 9. Why the 'supercommittee' failed (USA Today) One reason is political polarization, says this editorial. Another is that party leaders delegated the job to people with less clout. 10. Why We Spend, Why They Save (New York Times) Europeans save more than Americans do. Sheldon Garon asks: "what can we learn from them?" › Web Only: the best of the blogs 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?