North America 3 February 2012 US press: pick of the papers The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers. Print HTML 1. Newt Gingrich, you're no Ronald Reagan (Politico) Newt Gingrich thinks he's Ronald Reagan and 2012 is 1976, says Bill Schneider. 2. Syria: It's not just about freedom (Washington Post) Imperial regimes can crack when they are driven out of their major foreign outposts, argues Charles Krauthammer. 3. Romney Isn't Concerned (New York Times) If you're an American down on your luck, Mitt Romney has a message for you: He doesn't feel your pain, says Paul Krugman. 4. Government Cannot Create Sustainable Jobs (Wall Street Journal) Useful jobs don't exist until producers discover them. Stimulating demand can at best return an economy to the pre-slump status quo, writes Arnold Kling. 5. An election that hinges on the smallest of errors? (Washington Post) he granting of Secret Service protection following Mitt Romney's decisive Florida victory did not prevent him from immediately shooting himself in the foot, says Michael Gerson. 6. India's strategic importance to the US (Boston Globe) If coping with a more powerful China will be the great challenge for the United States in the next half century, India may be the great opportunity, writes Nicholas Burns. 7. A matter of faith (Chicago Tribune) HHS should provide a broader conscience exemption on contraceptive coverage, argues this editorial. 8. Stop harassing the Koch brothers (Politico) President Barack Obama and his allies, including those in Congress, have shown what a nasty, personal and abusive reelection campaign we are about to experience, writes Mike Pompeo. 9. Phony college rankings (San Francisco Chronicle) Claremont McKenna College - an elite liberal arts institution near Los Angeles - is admitting a campus official fudged the SAT scores of incoming freshmen to boost its place in advisory publications heavily used by would-be students and parents. No one should be shocked, says this editorial. 10. School nutrition: A kid's right to choose (Los Angeles Times) As the federal government plans to improve nutrition in school lunchrooms, it's important to look at what works, and what doesn't, argues David R. Just and Brian Wansink. › Web Only: the best of the blogs Subscribe More Related articles Margaret Atwood on how an inspired polymath resurrected Native America’s epics The last British Guantanamo detainee Shaker Aamer will be released When should you start caring about the US presidential election?