City Paper is not for tourists
* Clinton and Obama faced off in Cleveland on health care and Iraq; read the transcript here. Or, head to Salon to read Gary Kamiya on why it’s okay to vote for Obama because he’s black, and Edward McClelland on why it’s not okay to vote for Obama because he’s a dude.
* The National Capital Memorials Advisory Commission rejects a tribute to terrorism victims by sculptor Suse Lowenstein, saying that a memorial on terrorism “ought to be more abstract and timeless,” The Post reports … and, uh, less naked.
Plus, end of Black History Month bonus: Former GWU writer-in-residence Tayari Jones writes on the experience of a black writer during the month of February:
This is not to say that my experiences during Black History Month have been entirely positive. For example, in Raleigh, North Carolina, I was asked, “What percentage of your work is black, and what percentage is universal?” One benefit of that encounter was that the man who asked me that will never pose such a question to anyone again, ever.