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The five must-read posts from today, on Ronald Reagan, Iraq and cuts.
At Open Democracy, Alex Holland says that the risk of biological and chemical attacks by extremist groups is not high enough to justify invading and occupying other countries.
David Cameron needs to find out why the Tories' lead has been slowly eroding over the past year, says Norman Tebbit. Soon there will be no time left for a major change of tactics.
Luke Akehurst challenges Ashley's claim that the Iraq war "destroyed progressive politics in Britain for a generation". After all, the 2005 election resulted in an unprecedented third term for Labour.
The FT's Jim Pickard says that David Cameron has wisely softened his rhetoric on cuts in response to the fragile recovery, but has left his party open to charges of inconsistency.
Liberals need to challenge the right's adoration of Ronald Reagan by pointing out some of the progressive (yes, really) policies he adopted, argues the Huffington Post's Will Bunch.