US Press: pick of the papers

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

1. Romney, an executive in chief? (Los Angeles Times)

Does experience in the business world really make for a better president? History suggests there's no link, argues Walter Zelman.

2. 'Buffett Tax' and truth in numbers (Washington Post)

Whatever else they are, the super-rich have now become political props, says Robert J. Samuelson.

3. How conservatives lost their moral compass (Politico)

Over the past 40 years, as conservatives have complained, this nation has undergone a moral revolution. It's just not the one they think, writes Neal Gabler.

4. A Mormon church in need of reform (Washington Post)

The church's distrust of outsiders, dissidents must end, says Carrie Sheffield.

5. Apple, not manufacturing, is America's future (Boston Globe) (£)

If we want the next technological revolution to start here, politicians need to change their industrial-age view, argues John E. Sununu.

6. New Strategy, Old Pentagon Budget (New York Times)

The cuts in the Pentagon's spending are not cuts at all, just Washington budget games, says this editorial.

7. RomneyCare and ObamaCare (Wall Street Journal)

Mitt Romney's vulnerability on health care may not cost him the nomination, but it could cost him in November, writes Paul Gigot.

8. Is compassionate conservatism dead? (USA Today)

The Republican presidential candidates competing for the affections of Florida voters have plenty of labels with which to tar each other, says Amy Sullivan.

9. Gingrich's link to Reagan comes under scrutiny (San Francisco Chronicle)

No Republican has claimed the mantle of the late president, former California governor and GOP icon Ronald Reagan with more unabashed relish than former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, says Carolyn Lochead.

10. The Austerity Debacle (New York Times)

In Britain and elsewhere, the policy elite decided to throw that hard-won knowledge out the window, and rely on ideologically convenient wishful thinking instead, writes Paul Krugman.

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Why are refugees throwing themselves on train tracks in Hungary?

Hungarian authorities have stopped a train carrying refugees from Budapest. 

Hungarian police have stopped a train full of refugees bound for the Austrian border. Other passangers were taken off to board a replacement train, while police attempted to have the refugees disembark at the Hungarian town of Bickse, where there is a migrant detention centre.

The Gulf Today reports that some of those on board were banging on the windows chanting "no camp, no camp", referring to the detention centre.

More than 2,000 migrants have been waiting outside Budapest's main station to board trains to Germany and Austria, although few intercity trains are running. Viktor Orban, the Hungarian Prime Minister, has said that the crisis is a "German problem" and that Europe has a moral imperative not to encourage refugees. Speaking in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Orban has talked of defending Europe's "Christian values" against a "flood" from overseas.

ITV's Europe Editor, James Mates, has followed the train in Hungary and is posting updates via Twitter. He reports that it initially left Budapest station with most of those on board assuming it would continue to Austria:

The train was then stopped in Bickse, around 30 miles outside Budapest, where riot police were there to meet it.

As the refugees realised that they weren't going to get to Austria, they began to protest, and were corralled by riot police:

Ultimately, the police were unable to force the refugees to go to the camp, and had to let them reboard the train.

The train is now waiting in the station. Police are now handing out bottled water, but it's unclear what will happen next.

Follow James Mates on Twitter here.

Stephanie Boland is digital assistant at the New Statesman. She tweets at @stephanieboland