Groundhog Day: Giuliani vs. Sharpton on Who's to Blame for Racial Tensions

But this time, President Barack Obama is in the middle.
Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

It seems as if it's 1991 all over again. Then, as now, an act of violence in New York ends in death and unleashes a wave of anger. In the public arena, two leaders, both supremely comfortable in the midst of a media battle, both with conflicted reputations dating back decades, are firing freely in what suddenly seems a bitterly divided city.

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