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.

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“Why are you here?”: Juncker and MEPs mock Nigel Farage at the European Parliament

Returning to the scene of the crime.

In today's European Parliament session, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, tried his best to keep things cordial during a debate on Brexit. He asked MEPs to "respect British democracy and the way it voiced its view".

Unfortunately, Nigel Farage, UKIP leader and MEP, felt it necessary to voice his view a little more by applauding - the last straw even for Juncker, who turned and spat: "That's the last time you are applauding here." 

MEPs laughed and clapped, and he continued: "I am surprised you are here. You are fighting for the exit. The British people voted in f avour of the exit. Why are you here?"  

Watch the exchange here:

Farage responded with an impromptu speech, in which he pointed out that MEPs laughed when he first planned to campaign for Britain to leave the EU: "Well, you're not laughing now". Hee said the EU was in "denial" and that its project had "failed".

MPs booed again.

He continued:

"Because what the little people did, what the ordinary people did – what the people who’d been oppressed over the last few years who’d seen their living standards go down did – was they rejected the multinationals, they rejected the merchant banks, they rejected big politics and they said actually, we want our country back, we want our fishing waters back, we want our borders back. 

"We want to be an independent, self-governing, normal nation. That is what we have done and that is what must happen. In doing so we now offer a beacon of hope to democrats across the rest of the European continent. I’ll make one prediction this morning: the United Kingdom will not be the last member state to leave the European Union."

The Independent has a full transcript of the speech.

Now, it sounds like Farage had something prepared – so it's no wonder he turned up in Brussels for this important task today, while Brexiteers in Britain frantically try to put together a plan for leaving the EU.

But your mole has to wonder if perhaps, in the face of a falling British pound and a party whose major source of income is MEP salaries and expenses, Farage is less willing to give up his cushy European job than he might like us to think. 

I'm a mole, innit.