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US press: pick of the papers

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

1. Rick Santorum cries Nazi (Washington Post)

Rick Santorum sees Nazis everywhere: in the Middle East, in doctor's offices and medical labs, in the Democratic Party, and now in the White House, says Dana Milbank.

2. Where's the change behind rhetoric? (Politico)

As the campaign season heats up, I can't help but notice President Barack Obama is dusting off the same old sweeping rhetoric and speechwriting skills that catapulted the first-term senator to the presidency three years ago, says Rep. Aaron Schock.

3. GOP's bailout battle buoys Obama (Omaha World Herald)

As long as Republicans are focused elsewhere, they are providing Obama with his own private bailout, writes Michael Gerson.

4. An Obama-Santorum matchup would be good for the country (Oregonian)

If Santorum wins the nomination, he and the president will be forced to defend their respective parties' views of what good government entails and which policies are best for the country. In other words, an Obama-Santorum matchup will focus on things that actually matter, says Kyle Scott.

5. The trials of Saint Santorum (Denver Post)

The American people are loath to elect a preacher or a prophet to lead them out of the desert of unemployment, writes Kathleen Parker.

6. Obama's budget blind spot (Los Angeles Times)

The stimulus act taught us that the country would be better served if the president did less tinkering in his budget and more leading, argues David M. Primo.

7. How to talk down Tehran's nuclear ambitions (Wall Street Journal)

Before deciding on war or containment, the West should offer a good-faith compromise to the mullahs and the Iranian people, says Richard Haass and Michael Levi.

8. Peaceful protest can free Palestine (New York Times)

Palestinians who seek an independent state and an end to the Israeli occupation should avoid violence and embrace peaceful resistance, says Mustafa Barghouthi.

9. Are liberals beginning to embrace the Constitution? (Politico)

In recent days many radical liberals have changed their tune regarding campaign finance laws, says David Bossie.

10. The failure of austerity politics (Washington Post)

The advocates of austerity -- here and in Europe -- have argued that cutting spending and reducing deficits, even with interest rates already near zero, would revive the economy, writes Katrina vanden Heuvel.