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CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

1. Ed Miliband has to crack the whip to secure change (Guardian)

A Blairite sense of grievance could yet hobble Ed Miliband's attempt to lead Labour in a new direction, warns Seumas Milne.

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2. Forget Red Ed, it's Optimistic Ed whom David Cameron must confront (Daily Telegraph)

To confront and defeat Optimistic Ed, David Cameron must rediscover the hope that guides him, says Benedict Brogan.

3. Dramas that expose a Miliband myth (Independent)

In ruthlessly highlighting Labour's mistakes, Ed makes possible a realignment of the centre-left, writes Steve Richards.

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4. David Miliband has done the right thing (Guardian)

David Miliband's decision not to run for the shadow cabinet is the best for his family, party and country, says Alastair Campbell.

5. How the Republicans can still fail to triumph (Financial Times)

The Republican Party must not allow social conservatives to distract it from the issue of spending, says Grover Norquist.

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6. Here's a chance to reshape Britain's defences (Times) (£)

Britain now has a chance to break with an antiquated Cold War-era approach, argues Bernard Gray.

7. The strategic defence and security review must not be rushed (Daily Telegraph)

Elsewhere, a Telegraph editorial says that the strategic defence review must be decoupled from the spending review.

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8. This is not Paris 1968, and it is probably self-defeating (Independent)

The waves of strikes across Europe are self-defeating but could yet be replicated in Britain, says Sean O'Grady.

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9. US politics is angry, polarised, and gridlocked. Can it be reformed? (Guardian)

US politics is both polarised and gridlocked, writes Timothy Garton Ash. Washington needs to be more like Silicon Valley if it is to compete with China.

10. Republic of Intolerance (Times) (£)

Tehran's draconian punishment of a blogger will choke off Iran's vitality, says a Times leader.