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

1.SOPA protest: The Net strikes back (Politico)

Internet companies ratcheted up their fight against anti-piracy bills in Congress on Wednesday, says Tony Romm

2.Would today's GOP elect Reagan? (Chicago Tribune)

Even Ronald Reagan would have a hard time getting nominated in today's GOP race, claims Clarence Page

3.What Mitt Romney's father could teach him about economic fairness (Washington Post)

George Romney exemplified a lost species of American business leaders, says Matt Miller

4.Burning America's future (Los Angeles Times)

An energy policy outlined by the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in which we use all of the nation's coal, gas and oil is beyond dumb, writes Bill McKibben

5.Plastic Man's perils (Chicago Tribune)

Mitt Romney lunges rightward. Is he moving in the wrong direction? asks Paul Begala

6. For God So Loved the 1 Percent (New York Times)

In recent weeks Mitt Romney has become the poster child for unchecked capitalism, a role he seems to embrace with relish, says Kevin M Kruse

7.Newtering Obama's re-election strategy (Washington Times)

Failure of Gingrich's anti-capitalism attacks doesn't bode well for the president, writes Dr. Milton R. Wolf

8.Mitt Romney's tax return problem (Politico)

For Mitt Romney, the choice is stark. He can stop equivocating and cough up the tax returns that his rival Republicans and reporters are clamoring for, claims Reid J. Epstein

9.Iran sanctions won't work (Washington Times)

Effectiveness of economic restrictions always erodes over time, says Ivan Eland

10.Offering a path to legalization for illegal immigrants could mean a local tax windfall (Houston Chronicle)

A report by the Greater Houston Partnership estimated that legalizing Houston-area undocumented workers would generate about $1.4 billion annually in tax revenue, argues this editorial