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The five must-read posts from today, on Obama, Northern Ireland and the economy

1. Obama liquidates himself

Paul Krugman argues that Barack Obama's plan to announce a three-year spending freeze is a betrayal of everything his supporters thought they were working for.

2. UK has highest GDP per capita rise in G7 since 1997

Left Foot Forward's Will Straw points out that Britain's GDP is still in a healthy state relative to 1997, but notes that critics are calling for an end to "unsustainable" growth.

3. David Cameron will face tricky questions over the Orange Order

Nicholas Watt blogs at the Guardian on the Tory leader's decision to align himself with one party and one community in Northern Ireland, setting off alarm bells beyond the SDLP and Sinn Fein.

4. The Church Taliban get their way again

Over at Liberal Conspiracy, Bob Piper attacks the House of Lords' "Christian Taliban" for blocking measures to prevent faith groups discriminating against gay men and lesbians.

5. Jonathan Powell and "Chinese whispers" on Iraq

Paul Waugh on the latest evidence from the Chilcot inquiry.


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