Situation Critical But Not Hopeless

First came L.A. Lawless. The plot elements: a vicious beating, an inexplicable verdict, a made-for-TV orgy of mob violence and racial hatred. Now America must brace for Capitol Offenses, the sequel. It's an empty spectacle of hand-wringing, blame-shifting, and partisan Washington bombast that, far from providing aid to the nation's seething urban cores, may make Los Angeles' howl of rage seem all the more futile.

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