Helen Gao at The New York Times on censorship and the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen protests. “I don’t remember the first time I heard the term liu si — June 4 — which is how the Tiananmen protests, the widespread demonstrations in 1989 that ended in bloodshed, are referred to in China," Gao writes. "I do remember the first time the topic came up in conversation with my Chinese peers. On June 4, 2009, the 20th anniversary of the crackdown, I was shopping with a friend at a convenience store near Tsinghua University, when she, a junior at the university, turned to me, next to a shelf of colorful shampoos and conditioners. ‘Some people have been talking about this incident, liu si,’ she said. ‘What was it all about?’ ... Twenty-five years after the massacre, the topic remains taboo here. Chinese leaders, having learned their lesson during the Tiananmen protests, have kept politics out of our lives, while channeling our energies to other, state-sanctioned pursuits, primarily economic advancement.” The Huffington Post's Nicholas Miriello tweets, "'This alternation between exertion and ennui slowly becomes a habit and, later, an attitude.'" The United States Institute of Peace's Lili Cole tweets, "Notice how education conditions acceptance of government-imposed norms--China today."
Dana Milbank at The Washington Post agrees with Ted Cruz on campaign finance reform. “I agree with Ted Cruz. Before you stick a thermometer in my mouth or suggest that I up my meds, let me assure you that much of what the Texas Republican said at Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was just as wacky and reckless as usual. Cruz alleged that Democrats, in proposing a constitutional amendment to limit campaign contributions, ‘support repealing the First Amendment,’ would ‘abandon the Bill of Rights,’ were seizing ‘the power to ban books and to ban movies,’ and favored 'politicians silencing the citizens'," Milbank writes. "But somewhere among the hysteria, the hyperbole and the hyperventilation was a good question from the tea party demagogue. ‘Where are the liberals today?’ Cruz asked. ‘Why is there not a liberal standing here defending the Bill of Rights and the First Amendment?’ Democrats should be asking that of themselves.”