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US Press: pick of the papers

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

1. Braveheart Republicans? Or false-hearted? (Washington Post)

Dana Milbank on the House Republicans likening themselves to 13th-century Scottish rebel William Wallace and his troops.

2. Obama's Transparency (Weekly Standard)

Fred Barnes argues that no matter what Obama says, it's abundantly clear that he has one thing in mind these days: getting re-elected.

3. Ron Paul's racist link (Los Angeles Times)

The candidate should explain how offensive comments about the LA riots were printed in his newsletter, as this Editorial argues.

4. Lost bodies and erroneous tombstones (Boston Globe) ($)

Juliette Kayyem reflects on the war in Iraq.

5. The Financial Crisis on Trial (Wall Street Journal)

Peter J. W.allison on the Securities and Exchange Commission's lawsuits against six top executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

6. Blogger's good advice doesn't fit the real world of many poor, black kids (The Plain Dealer)

Forbes.com blogger Gene Marks hit many wrong notes when he wrote "If I Were a Poor Black Kid", writes Sharon Broussard.

7. War really is going out of style (Oregonian)

The departure of the last U.S. troops from Iraq brings relief to a nation that has endured its most painful war since Vietnam. But the event is momentous for another reason, write Joshua S. Goldstein and Steven Pinker.

8. Holding Congress in contempt (New York Post)

Editorial: 'Twas the week before Christmas and all through the House (and Senate), not a creature was stirring -- except for the typical Washington finger-pointers. You seriously expected something different?

9. Are you there, God particle? (Chicago Tribune)

If you were hoping last week to learn one of the greatest secrets of the cosmos, you'll have to wait a little longer, according to this Editorial.

10 The uproar between American Jews and Israel (Star Tribune)

Leora Goldblatt, studying in Israel, ponders that country's growing rift with American Jews.