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1. Hacking hearings: The best political thriller of our times (Guardian)

This is not yet Watergate, says Jonathan Freedland, but intrigue swirls ever tighter around Rupert Murdoch and the Met, inching closer to David Cameron.

2. There is one big media player. It's not Murdoch (Times) (£)

Controlling the press was yesterday's task, says Daniel Finkelstein. We get our news from the internet and TV -- which means the BBC.

3. On one thing, Murdoch is right (Independent)

If you still want newspapers that can uncover scandals, says Christina Patterson, then what you need is determined reporters and rich men.

4. This is a stress test for the bigger crises that David Cameron will face (Daily Telegraph)

Economic problems on the horizon could dwarf the current Murdoch imbroglio, says Benedict Brogan.

5. Murdoch and a Tiger-mother masterclass (Financial Times)

At times the Murdochs addressed the MPs as if they were a slightly dim MBA class, writes Philip Delves Broughton.

6. This was a day of evasion, not humility (Independent)

The media committee failed to shed light on the apparent cover-up of the phone-hacking scandal, says this leading article.

7. Don't rush. This NHS Bill still needs work (Times) (£)

More integration, accountability and transparency is crucial, says Shirley Williams. The moment must be seized.

8. Today Maoism speaks to the world's poor more fluently than ever (Guardian)

Pankaj Mishra argues that aside from the bland icon of the new China, there is a much more dangerous Mao, whose ideas retain their vitality.

9. India is too corrupt to become a superpower (Financial Times)

The country's leaders need still to attend to the fault lines within, writes Ramachandra Guha.

10. Meanwhile, in Other News (Times) (£)

While we are distracted with the phone-hacking scandal, the prospect of a second financial crisis grows nearer, warns this leading article.