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US Press: pick of the papers

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

1. Mitt Keeps Missing the Message (Wall Street Journal)

If Romney wins Florida, it won't be because he's becoming a more effective candidate, claims Kimberley A. Strassel.

2. President Obama, winner of Florida debate? (Los Angeles Times)

If anyone won Thursday evening, it may have been Barack Obama, writes Doyle McManus.

3. The American defence strategy is flawed (Washington Post)

The US military needs to invest in troops, not technology, argues Frederick W. Kagan.

4. Jobs, jobs and cars (New York Times)

To really create jobs in the US, it takes a cluster, not just heroes, argues Paul Krugman.

5. For GOP, dislike for Obama trumps all (Politico)

Evangelical opposition to his faith could hurt Mitt Romney, claim Brett Benson, John G. Geer and Jennifer Merolla.

6. Don't Mind the Gap (New York Times)

Polls are finding that Americans seem less upset by the existence of income inequality than by the perception that federal policies unfairly favor the rich, writes to Andrew Kohut.

7. The American defence strategy is flawed (Washington Post)

The US military needs to invest in troops, not technology, argues Frederick W. Kagan.

8. The sound of saber-rattling against China (Boston Globe)

American consumers will pay the price for trade sanctions on China, says Edward Glaeser.

9. Sharia: The not-so-scary truth (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Sharia law sounds scary to lots of Americans. The irony is that many who think they are opposed to sharia would likely support many of its general precepts, says Jon Pahl.

10. 'Obamacare' shreds social safety net (Politico)

The well-being of program participants is being sacrificed to advance Obama's 2012 chances, says Frank Donatelli.