North America 4 April 2012 US press: pick of the papers The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers. Print HTML 1. A Middle East twofer (New York Times) One reason the Arab world has stagnated while Asia has thrived is that the Arabs had no good local models to follow — the way Taiwan followed Japan or Hong Kong, writes Thomas Friedman. 2. Paul Ryan's hunger games (Wall Street Journal) Did you hear about the GOP's red-in-tooth-and-claw plan for Medicare? Grandma and Gramps are going to be drafted for the Hunger Games, says this editorial. 3. Are women just not that into Mitt? (Washington Post) Kathleen Parker says it is entirely possible that women simply aren’t that into Mitt. He’s just not their kind of guy. Health care, taxes, budgets, debt ceilings, capacity utilization, Chinese currency: soimportant. But at the end of the day — does he have “it”? 4. A real-life “Hunger Games” (LA Times) It breaks my heart that even as we root for the survival of the fictional Katniss, we do not know enough — or care enough — to raise our collective voice and demand that North Korea stop breeding, starving and enslaving labor-camp children, says Blaine Harden. 5. Men in black (New York Times) Maureen Dowd says: Has Obama, this former constitutional law instructor, no respect for our venerable system of checks and balances? Nah. And why should he? 6. From tracking al-Qaeda to tracking the wayward spouse (Washington Post) There are, of course, legitimate uses for all such gizmos, as there are for gun vaults, portable bunkers and military gear. But Big Brother’s display space at the expo is expanding, writes Dana Milbank. 7. For Mitt Romney, the long primary is good, not bad (Politico) Every attack that Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich launches against Romney from the right bolsters the former governor’s credibility as a moderate in the eyes of the general electorate, writes Michael Rosen. 8. While Parthenon glows, pain and despair overshadow Athens (Chicago Tribune) There is real pain here, and despair, and it's in the present. And I couldn't help wonder if I was also looking at America's future, John Kass writes from Athens. 9. High court crisis? (New York Post) Sure, other presidents have argued bitterly with the court — FDR tried, in effect, to destroy it. Obama no doubt wants his signature piece of legislation to survive, says this editorial. 10. In GOP presidential race, fat lady finally sings (Roll Call) Although Romney has not yet accumulated the necessary 1,144 delegates to the Republican National Convention in August in Tampa, Fla., the chances are evaporating — make that have evaporated — that he can be denied his party’s nomination, writes Stuart Rothenberg. › The politics of Osborne's public sector job cull Mitt Romney speaking at an event 3 April. Credit: Getty Images Subscribe More Related articles I can’t follow Marie Kondo's advice – even an empty Wotsits packet “sparks joy” in me The murder of my friend Giulio Regeni is an attack on academic freedom Beyond terror: how are the Paris attack survivors healing their “invisible wounds”?