US press: pick of the papers
1. Mitt Romney camp's latest gaffe may be etched in history (Washington Post)
Etch a Sketch? Actually, it appeared more like Romney was playing Chutes and Ladders: He just landed on Space 87 and slid all the way back to 24, says Dana Milbank.
2. Politics, odors and soap (New York Times)
This year's Republican primaries have been a kaleidoscope of loyalty, authority and sanctity issues -- such as whether church-affiliated institutions can refuse to cover birth control in health insurance policies -- and that's perhaps why people like me have found the primaries so crazy, says Nicholas Kristof.
3. George Osborne's Budget (Wall Street Journal)
The worst part of Mr. Osborne's budget is that it keeps government in the dubious business of picking winners and losers, says this editorial.
4. The new globalist is homesick (New York Times)
The persistence of homesickness points to the limitations of the cosmopolitan philosophy that undergirds so much of our market and society, writes Susan Matt.
5. Romney's challenge to sway evangelical voters (Washington Post)
Outside of Mormon strongholds, voters most concerned about a candidate's religious views are rejecting Romney, writes E.J. Dionne Jr.
6. Don't close the GOP show (LA Times)
We in the mainstream media are just hoping to see the gaudy spectacle of this primary campaign continue as long as possible, says Doyle McManus.
7. Pope is coming -- time to round up dissidents (Star Tribune)
The church's coldness toward peaceful pro- democracy activists isn't all that surprising. Since 2009, Cardinal Ortega has become a de facto partner of Raul Castro, meeting with him regularly and encouraging his limited reforms, says this editorial.
8. Of super PACs and corruption (Politico)
It's time to rethink the whole relationship between independent spending and corruption, writes Richard Hasen.
9. Springsteen captures the state of America (Chicago Tribune)
One of the elder statesmen of American popular music delivers what might fairly be called a State of the Union address, writes Leonard Pitts.
10. Enough! Afghan war just isn't working (USA Today)
Bob Beckel says Afghanistan has been a tribal nation for centuries, and it will not become "democratic" soon, if ever, and Cal Thomas writes that the recent massacre of 16 Afghan civilians doesn't help us win the "hearts and minds" of the people we are trying to protect.