Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Newt or Mitt? Both know where abroad is (Times) (£)

Bill Emmott says that the slow grind of the US primary system helps serious candidates. The presidential election will be a real contest.

2. Dull, dithering Romney clings on (Financial Times)

For the Anyone-But-Gingrich crowd, he is still the favourite, says Edward Luce.

3. Excitement is guaranteed as Newt Gingrich reaches for the stars (Daily Telegraph)

The former Speaker of the House's victory in the South Carolina primary has breathed new life into the Republican race, says Anne Applebaum.

4. Those who would murder Rushdie will never learn (Independent)

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown argues that Muslims must begin to see that minds need to be liberated if political freedom is to transform their lives.

5. Housing benefit cap: can you live on 62p a day? (Guardian)

The housing benefit cap will mainly hit stable families on low incomes. Surely this can't be what George Osborne wanted, says Tim Leunig.

6. When the people can see what fairness is, why can't Miliband? (Independent)

Mary Ann Sieghart writes that at the last election, many Labour supporters stayed at home because they were angry about the party's position on welfare.

7. Boko Haram is Nigeria's enemy (Guardian)

Nigeria's bloody violence isn't about religious division, says Chika Unigwe -- it stems from one extremist group: Boko Haram.

8. IMF should stay out of the eurozone crisis (Financial Times)

Wolfgang Munchau argues that Eurozone bail-out involvement is not justified.

9. The return of the Great American gas guzzler (Times) (£)

The US will be energy self-sufficient by 2030, freeing itself from the clutches of Opec, says Carl Mortished.

It's time to end the failed war on drugs (Daily Telegraph)

Treating addicts as criminals has done absolutely nothing to address this crisis, writes Sir Richard Branson.

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