North America 23 January 2012 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. Last chance on mortgage mess (Poliltico) The financial sector has been the Obama administration's Achilles' heel, writes Simon Johnson. 2. Time to bring back Bill Clinton (Washington Post) If Republicans are yet again tempted by Newt Gingrich, then Democrats must bring back his nemesis Bill Clinton, writes David Maraniss. 3. Government, big or small (Los Angeles Times) Presidents from Nixon to Obama have promised to streamline government, but in truth they've usually found uses for government power instead, says Brent Cebul. 4. For GOP candidates, 10 questions from Florida (Tampa Bay Times) The Republicans should be able to answer 10 questions ahead of the Florida primary, according to this editorial. 5. The war on political free speech (Wall Street Journal) (£) Two years after the US Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, the campaign to silence opponents is becoming more censorious, says Bradley Smith. 6. Why we will no longer endorse in elections (Chicago Sun Times) The Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board will approach election coverage in a new way, according to this editorial. 7. The GOP's final four face an impulsive electorate (USA Today) Eight days remain before a very different test in Florida, a far larger state where voters aren't the same mix of conservative evangelicals who dominate in South Carolina, says this editorial. 8. 'Reformer' Gingrich embodies what is wrong with Washington (Washington Examiner) Gingrich exemplifies what is wrong with Washington in both parties -- professional politicians say all the right things, but they keep doing the wrong things, this editorial argues. 9.Is our economy healing? (New York Times) (£) There is a case for modest optimism when it comes to the economy, writes Paul Krugman. 10.Warning: this site contains conspiracy theories (Slate) Google has a responsibility to help stop "fringe beliefs" such as 9/11 denialism which should be given a "socially responsible curated treatment" , argues Evgeny Morozov. › A Tale of Two Elections Subscribe To stay on top of global affairs and enjoy even more international coverage subscribe for just £1 per month!