North America 20 February 2012 US press: pick of the papers The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers. Print HTML 1. Pain without gain (New York Times) We could actually do a lot to help our economies simply by reversing the destructive austerity of the last two years, writes Paul Krugman. 2. Iran as continual regional menace (Politico) Tehren is likely to increase these terrorist activities, based on the belief that nuclear weapons could provide an umbrella and that its regional enemies are weak and irresolute, says Stephen Blank. 3. Is this the end of market democracy? (New York Times) Thomas Edsall asks: What if the legitimacy of free market capitalism in America is facing fundamental challenges that the candidates and their parties are not addressing? 4. The super PAC confusion (Washington Post) What it has done is compromise basic First Amendment rights, clutter politics with baffling laws and regulations and actually deepen cynicism, writes Robert Samuelson. 5. Political double standard: GOP astounds in its hypocrisy (Oregonian) This Republican presidential campaign is demonstrating conclusively that there is an unbridgeable divide between the philosophical commitments conservative candidates make before they are elected and what they will have to do when faced with the day-to-day demands of practical governance, writes E.J. Dionne Jr. 6. Liberals vs. conservatives (Los Angeles Times) I equate Republicans' political views with thoughtlessness, intolerance and narcissism, says Diana Wagman. 7. Conservatives vs. liberals (Los Angeles Times) There is no "how" in talking to a liberal. You can't talk to a liberal, period, writes Charlotte Allen. 8. Teacher's right -- kids need to know history of n-word (Chicago Sun Times) As Joan Rivers likes to say, "Can we talk?" Apparently not. Not when it comes to the n-word, says this editorial. 9. The lush Life (New York Post) Should public employees be treated substantially better than everyone else? Asks this editorial. 10. Why Romney can, and should, win evangelical vote (USA Today) Think values, not stereotypes. Plus, we're picking a president, not a pastor, argues Nancy French. › Could Tory rebels be unleashed on Clegg's Lords reform? 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?