Today's Columns: Hillary and African-Americans
USA Today: DeWayne Wickham explains how Hillary Clinton enjoys "a comfort level with blacks that few white politicians enjoy." " Sometimes," he writes, "a candidate has to find a way to make a personal connection with members of other racial and ethnic groups -- which is a test of leadership that I think Hillary Clinton has shown she understands."
NYT: Bob Herbert, noting that 100,000 people have been murdered in the United States since 9/11, argues that the country has misplaced its priorities. "At the same time that we're diligently confiscating water and toothpaste from air travelers, we're handing over guns and bullets by the trainload to yahoos bent on blowing others into eternity in armed robberies, drug-dealing, gang violence, domestic assaults and other criminal acts."
Plus: David Brooks on why social and moral categories do more to shape a person's worldview than economics.
WaPo: Richard Cohen argues that presidential candidates shouldn't have to explain their religious beliefs, and applauds Rudy Giuliani for snubbing a questioner who inquired about his religious practices.
LAT: Nathan Gardels explains how U.S. consumers have become "China's new revolutionaries." He argues that globalization "has imported the political demands of the U.S. consumer" to Beijing. "Americans won't hesitate to cut the import lifeline and shift away from Chinese products that might poison their children or kill their pets," Gardels writes.
WSJ: Roger Stern argues that even though many Europeans are arguing that Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is "inevitable, it is the EU which has the best chance of derailing the Islamic Republic's ambitions. "Without Europe's [financial] support," Stern writes, "the theocracy's fiscal lifeline would be a very thin thread."
Plus: Ronald Trowbridge and Steven Walker on the "FDA's deadly track record."