Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker on the Olympics With the Olympic Games soon to commence in London, Gopnik considers the odd ritual. "We are about to enter that period, which occurs every four years, when Americans become passionate about athletes we have never heard of participating in games we do not follow trying to please judges we cannot see according to rules we do not know." He says the Olympics offer an argument for nationalism, the idea that by belonging to a team, one can belong to a nation state, no matter your sport or status. He thinks that's healthy. "We are embracing the marginalized masters among us in order to make a team, as we have embraced once marginalized people to make a nation."
Fred Hiatt in The Washington Post on Republicans and campaign finance Republican arguments for unlimited campaign contributions were more persuasive when they came paired with arguments for disclosure of donors. Ever since Citizens United gave Republicans an advantage in the campaign finance world, Hiatt says they've changed their tune. "The Republicans, apparently, never meant it. Now that they have Unlimited Donations, or something pretty close, they don’t want Unlimited Disclosure after all." Hiatt shows his work, documenting prominent Republicans' support for unlimited disclosure earlier in the decade and their sudden shift away from it in the face of a bill proposing more disclosure. "Democracy is endangered, too, if politicians cannot hold to principle equally when it's politically beneficial and when it's not."