FROM John Mercurio
Clinton Passes on Playing Hardball Last night's debate was billed as a showdown between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton , but it was more polite than it was confrontational. The presidential campaign rivals engaged mostly on familiar territory, with occasional smiles and occasionally clenched teeth during exchanges about healthcare, the use of words and preparation for leadership. One Obama supporter said that sounded almost like a concession. This morning, Clinton called it "a recognition that both of us are on the brink of historic change." John Mercurio is executive editor of The Hotline. Note: KCRW will rebroadcast last night's debate from today, Friday, from 1-3pm.
Reporting on Rape A Rolling Stone magazine story about rape on campus led the University of Virginia to suspend fraternities. Since then, the article has become a sensation as much for what it got wrong as for what it reported. How should “sexual misconduct” be defined by journalists, college administrators and the law?
Fear and Bias in the Criminal Justice System How often do police officers in American cities use deadly force against black men? When killings are justified, what’s the official reason? We look for the answers to those and other questions raised by recent police killings that have sparked widespread outrage against racism in the justice system.