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."

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

The world shared a stunned silence when news broke that Boris Johnson would be the new Foreign Secretary. Johnson, who once referred to black people as “piccaninnies” and more recently accused the half-Kenyan President of the United States of only commenting on the EU referendum because of bitterness about colonialism, will now be Britain’s representative on the world stage.

His colourful career immediately came back to haunt him when US journalists accused him of “outright lies” and reminded him of the time he likened Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to a “sadistic nurse”. Johnson’s previous appearances on the international stage include a speech in Beijing where he maintained that ping pong was actually the Victorian game of “whiff whaff”.

But Johnson has always been more than a blond buffoon, and this appointment is a shrewd one by May. His popularity in the country at large, apparently helped by getting stuck on a zip line and having numerous affairs, made him an obvious threat to David Cameron’s premiership. His decision to defect to the Leave campaign was widely credited with bringing it success. He canned his leadership campaign after Michael Gove launched his own bid, but the question of whether his chutzpah would beat May’s experience and gravity is still unknown.

In giving BoJo the Foreign Office, then, May hands him the photo opportunities he craves. Meanwhile, the man with real power in international affairs will be David Davis, who as Brexit minister has the far more daunting task of renegotiating Britain’s trade deals.