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US press: pick of the papers

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

1. The do-over derby (New York Times)

Rick Santorum is attempting to distance himself from his 2005 book, "It Takes a Family," by suggesting that his wife helped him write parts of the book that dicuss "radical feminists," writes Frank Bruni.

2. Is Mitt Romney's manager cred losing its value? (Politico)

Mitt Romney has built his presidential bid largely on his business background, but his managerial background is becoming less of an asset, says Bill Schneider.

3. Obama's budget games (Washington Post)

Dana Milbank likens Obama's budget proposal to a game of dodgeball.

4. Fear and loathing in Athens (Wall Street Journal)

The percentage of Greeks employed by the state - now about one third - must fall dramatically, writes Brian Carney from Athens.

5. On Iran, a stark choice (Los Angeles Times)

Either Iran will get the bomb or it will be prevented from doing so by military intervention from the United States or Israel, says Benny Morris.

6. Obama has no Plan B (Washington Times)

President Obama has just presented his new budget, which again ignores reality, says Richard W. Rahn.

7. Mitt, the faculty doesn't lounge much these days (Oregonian)

What is it about American politics that compels smart people to think that the way to connect with regular folks is to bash the people who helped them get smarter? Asks Barbara Shelly.

8. U.S. must end China's rulers' free pass (Politico)

There is deep dissatisfaction with China's policies -- and our government's tepid response, says Scott Paul.

9. If judges were aliens... (Wall Street Journal)

In the nonfictional world, we must make do with judges who are human, just like the rest of us, writes Jamie Whyte.

10. Robbing public schools (Miami Herald)

Drop charter school construction funding, focus on repairing dilapidated traditional schools, says this editorial.