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US Press: pick of the papers

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

1. Cashing in on shame (Boston Globe)

Joanna Weiss writes that Ruth Madoff searches for sympathy with a new book three years after her husband's downfall.

2. Oakland drowning in social justice (San Francisco Chronicle)

Occupy Oakland has scheduled a general strike throughout Oakland for Wednesday. As Debra J. Saunders sees it, the activists not only have free-speech rights -- they also have the power to stomp on other people's rights.

3. Face the questions, Mr. Cain (Chicago Tribune)

Herman Cain hopes that he can dispatch troublesome questions about sexual harassment allegations by refusing to answer them. This editorial states that "The road to the White House will not detour around these questions" -- that he must answer them.

4. What's Your Kid Getting From College? (Wall Street Journal)

Occupy Wall Street (sort of) has a point about student debt, admits William McGurn.

5. GOP strategy: Root for failure (Politico)

According to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Republicans are offering nothing more than the failed policies that created the recession.

6. Corzine Crashes Like It's 2008 (New York Times)

The former chief of Goldman Sachs was on track to get a $12 million golden parachute for failing at MF Global Holdings. Joe Nocera asks: didn't the financial industry learn anything?

7. Why we need not envy China (USA Today)

Obama likes to tout the Chinese, but their problems are worse than America's, writes Jonah Goldberg.

8. Faint welcome for No. 7 billion (Washington Times)

The United Nations believes the Earth's population is climbing too fast, and the delivery stork is jeopardizing the coveted objective of "sustainability." This editorial calls the UN's rhetoric "apocalyptic".

9. Marco Rubio's story (Los Angeles Times)

The Florida GOP senator has gained politically from a false tale of his parents' leaving Cuba amid Castro's reign. This editorial wonders whether voters will now see him differently.

10. Gaddafi's death may trouble human rights groups -- but for Libya, it was necessary (Daily News)

Charles Krauthammer writes: "So he was killed by his captors? Big deal; so was Mussolini."