Newspaper review: Papers criticise US over debt crisis

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The Daily Telegraph condemns political leaders in Washington for failing to resolve the deadlock over the US government's debt crisis.

Its editorial is headlined "Britain needs America to come to its senses".

The paper laments that the US economy is "being taken to the very edge of the abyss in pursuit of narrow electoral and ideological advantage".

It expresses hope that "sanity will still prevail" to prevent another banking crisis and global recession.

'Unforgivable recklessness'

The Times directs some of its criticism at President Obama, accusing him of failing to show decisive leadership.

The Financial Times says the populist Tea Party activists within the Republican Party are showing "unforgivable recklessness".

The Sun says the debt crisis has left the US government with less ready cash than the computer giant Apple.

Figures show the US Treasury has £44.8bn on its books compared to £46.3bn at Apple.

Libya doubts

The Independent says the credibility of "the British-backed rebel forces" has been questioned after the assassination of their top military commander.

It comes a day after Foreign Secretary William Hague praised rebels for their "legitimacy and competence".

The Guardian says the news is likely to have caused consternation in Whitehall.

The Daily Mirror says the killing of Gen Younes, a defector from Col Gaddafi's side, is a "huge gift" for the Libyan leader.

Royal affair

"Chaos at the tax office" is the Daily Mail's front page headline for what it calls the damning criticism levelled at HM Revenue and Customs by MPs.

An investigation by the Treasury Select Committee uncovered an "extraordinary catalogue" of ineptitude.

The second royal wedding of the year is a talking point for most of the papers.

The Guardian says Zara Phillips and England rugby player Mike Tindall will be married in very different circumstances to the first.

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