US Press: pick of the papers

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

1. How the U.S. Can Help Europe: Just Say No (Wall Street Journal)

Jim de Mint argues the US should stay in its corner and not be a "lender of last resort".

2. The Gingrich Tragedy (New York TImes)

David Brookes writes about Newt Gingrich's character distorting his views on big government conservatism.

3. Where is Wall Street accountability? (Politico)

Elizabeth Warren argues banks should be held accountable as much as protesters are.

4. The American debate: A case for TV in top court (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Public should see the powerful justices match wits with lawyers, writes Dick Polman

5. Regulatory Dysfunction on Show (Newsday)

Congressional testimony yesterday on the collapse of the MF Global Holdings brokerage firm shed little light on the burning question of where up to $1.2 billion in missing customer money might have gone.

6. How to attack Newt (Slate)

A collective assault on Gingrich showed a sense of urgency from the hypercautious Romney, writes John Dickerson.

7. Republicans are losing the tax debate (Washington Examiner)

Emmet Tyrell argues Republicans are leaving out key conservative economic policy ideas in rebuttals to Democrats.

8. The Good Politics of Gay Marriage (Washington Post)

Obama should take the next step on gay rights, according to Ruth Marcus.

9. Ignoring a global warning (Los Angeles Times)

Those in the U.S. who deny climate change have nothing on Nero, says this editorial in the LA Times.

10. Goodbye to 'Gays, Guns & God' (New York Times)

The most potent wedge issues of American politics -- the banner of gays, guns and God -- will have little impact next year, according to Timothy Egan.

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Leave.EU is backing a racist President - why aren't more Brexiteers condemning it?

Our own homegrown Trump trumpeters. 

The braver Republican politicians are condemning Donald Trump after he backtracked on his condemnation of far-right protestors in Charlottesville. “You had a group on one side and group on the other,” said the US president of a night in which an anti-fascist protestor was run over. Given the far-right protestors included neo-Nazis, it seems we’re heading for a revisionist history of the Second World War as well. 

John McCain, he of the healthcare bill heroics, was one of the first Republicans to speak out, declaring there was “no moral equivalency between racists and Americans standing up to defy hate and bigotry”. Jeb Bush, another former presidential hopeful, added: “This is a time for moral clarity, not ambivalence.”

In the UK, however, Leave.EU, the campaign funded by Ukip donor Arron Banks, fronted by Nigel Farage, tweeted: “President Trump, an outstanding unifying force for a country divided by a shamefully blinkered liberal elite.” A further insight into why Leave.EU has come over so chirpy may be gleaned by Banks’s own Twitter feed. “It was just a punch up with nutters on all sides,” is his take on Charlottesville. 

Farage’s support for Trump – aka Mr Brexit – is well-known. But Leave.EU is not restricted to the antics of the White House. As Martin Plaut recently documented in The New Statesman, Leave.EU has produced a video lauding the efforts of Defend Europe, a boat organised by the European far-right to disrupt humanitarian rescues of asylum seekers crossing the dangerous Mediterranean Sea. There are also videos devoted to politicians from “patriotic" if authoritarian Hungary – intriguing for a campaign which claims to be concerned with democratic rights.

Mainstream Brexiteers can scoff and say they don’t support Leave.EU, just as mainstream Republicans scoffed at Trump until he won the party’s presidential nomination. But the fact remains that while the official Brexit campaign, Vote Leave, has more or less retired, Leave.EU has more than 840,000 Facebook followers and pumps out messages on a daily basis not too out of sync with Trump’s own. There is a feeling among some Brexiteers that the movement has gone too far. "While Leave.EU did great work in mobilising volunteers during their referendum, their unnecessarily robust attacks and campaigning since has bordered on the outright racist and has had damaged the Brexit cause," one key Leave supporter told me. 

When it comes to the cause of Brexit, many politicians chose to share a platform with Leave.EU campaigners, including Labour’s Kate Hoey and Brexit secretary David Davis. Some, like Jacob Rees-Mogg, get cheered on a regular basis by Leave.EU’s Facebook page. Such politicians should choose this moment to definitively reject Leave.EU's advances. If not, then when? 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines.