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CommentPlus: pick of the papers

The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.

1. By playing nasty, Labour is wrecking its own chances (Guardian)

Jackie Ashley says that the public likes the shift in tone to more amiable, co-operative politics -- but still Labour's leadership hopefuls are acting tribal, competing to see who can be nastiest to the Lib Dems.

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2. The Liberals have a history of splitting (Daily Telegraph)

What's unique about the Charles Kennedy silly-season rumour is that it doesn't matter if it's true or not, says Stephen Pollard. Most Lib Dems would feel happier with Labour.

3. Labor paid the price for its lack of principle (Times)

The Australian MP Malcolm Turnbull argues that on 21 August Julia Gillard learned that voters will forgive incompetence, but not failure of conviction.

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4. Can talks bring peace at last? (Independent)

Donald Macintyre looks at the Middle East peace process, and asks whether Binyamin Netanyahu remains the opportunistic rightist of old, or if he has decided he wants a real place in history.

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5. A missed chance to quell the fanatics (Financial Times)

Barack Obama's statement on the "Ground Zero mosque" looked vacillating, says Clive Crook. Whether or not he made the case for the project to go ahead, he could have sought to unify, and insisted on tolerance on both sides.

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6. Democrats' fright club (Guardian)

Obama's approval rating is fine, says Michael Tomasky, but his party's fear of the Republicans means they'll suffer at the polls.

7. Children of addicts deserve a chance of a better life (Times)

Looking at the coalition's proposals on cutting welfare for addicts, Libby Purves argues that it's not taking away benefits that will make a difference, but taking away children from damaging and chaotic parents.

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8. Cuts are one thing, revenue another (Independent)

Mary Ann Sieghart warns that if tax takes fall, we could end up with spending cuts, a spiral back into recession and a deficit just as big as it was before -- the worst outcome for the country and the coalition.

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9. Why Europe fears Petraeus's urge to surge (Financial Times)

General Petraeus is expected to push for a troop surge, notes Ahmed Rashid, but Europe wants a negotiated endgame and regional settlement -- and that must include talking to the Taliban.

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10. Generational warriors have a point. But go easy on the old (Guardian)

Political short-termism has failed the young, says Madeline Bunting. Yet attacking the elderly and sick instead of inequality will only help Osborne.