North America 18 October 2011 US Press: pick of the papers The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up 1. Obama-Bubba ticket could be winner (Politico) A loophole would make it possible for Bill Clinton to take Biden's spot on the 2012 ticket, note Paul Goldman and Mark J. Rozell. 2. Herman Cain's 9-9-9 doesn't add up (USA Today) According to this editorial, the former pizza CEO's tax plan is a windfall for the rich, burden on the poor. 3. What the CLASS Act says about health-care reform (Washington Post) Further analysis of the experiment showed it worked exactly as the Congressional Budget Office predicted, writes Ezra Klein: it saved money in the first 10 years and cost money after that. 4. Who Mailed the Anthrax Letters? (New York Times) New research raises doubts that investigators found the perpetrator. Congress should commission an independent assessment to be sure there are no culprits still at large, urges this NYT editorial. 5. America's bitter sugar policy (Politico) Sugar price supports are an unnecessary market intervention, costing consumers and businesses $4 billion a year, say Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Mark Kirk. 6. Food fight over marketing to kids misses mark (USA Today) In a country where cartoon characters tempt children to eat the wrong foods, where kids don't get enough exercise and parents don't say "no" often enough, it's little wonder that one-third of children are overweight or obese. Parents are key, argues this editorial. 7. Should pensions be a top priority? (Chicago Tribune) According to Dennis Byrne, not at the expense of other crisises 8. Apology to Chinese immigrants is long overdue (San Francisco Chronicle) The idea seems unthinkable today, says this editorial, but until 1943, most Chinese were barred from entering the United States, and immigrants already here were prohibited from seeking citizenship. 9. Obama's stumbling, bumbling 1-term presidency (Washington Times) The President has exposed what can be called only "Amateur Hour in the White House", writes Joseph Curl. 10. Funny lady: Siri may be there for you, but is that a good thing? (Boston Globe) Yes, voice recognition is a useful tool, says Joanna Weiss, but what will happen if searching becomes so easy and appealing that we spend even less time talking to people? › Soaring inflation spells more trouble for Osborne Subscribe To stay on top of global affairs and enjoy even more international coverage subscribe for just £1 per month!