Ben Smith in BuzzFeed on the advantages Eliot Spitzer has over Anthony Weiner Both Spitzer and Weiner are running for office after previously resigning amid sexual scandals — Spitzer for hiring a prostitute and Weiner because of a nude selfie he sent over Twitter. However, "before you make too many 'Spitzer = Weiner' observations," The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza and Sean Sullivan write, "read this piece by Ben Smith on how the two men are nothing alike." The difference, Smith argues, comes down to this: "Weiner is a talented politician who left Congress with no major legislative accomplishments and everything to prove. Spitzer was a major force in American public life for eight years despite having no particular talent for politics." MSNBC's Jamil Smith agrees: "Likening Eliot Spitzer to Anthony Weiner is pretty silly."
Daniel Ellsberg in The Washington Post on approving Edward Snowden's escape Unlike Snowden, after leaking the Pentagon Papers in 1971 Ellsberg did not flee the U.S. and faced trial for his leak, but "the country I stayed in was a different America, a long time ago," Ellsberg writes in a column that The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald calls a "must-read." Ellsberg's trial was thrown out due to "the revelation of White House actions against a defendant that were clearly criminal in Richard Nixon’s era — and figured in his resignation in the face of impeachment — but are today all regarded as legal," including denied bail and post-arrest isolation for Bradley Manning that would be applied to Snowden, too.