This week in West Virginia.

Caucus Opening Weekend in Iowa

Gov’t declaring who qualifies for freedom of press in digital age is ridiculous! It belongs to anyone for any reason. No amendment necessary

Forever summer. Newport Beach.

Toasting the 17th anniversary of @StoneBrewingCo in Pasadena.

Toasting the 17th anniversary of @StoneBrewingCo in Pasadena.

They followed Snowden to his room, where Poitras immediately shifted into documentarian mode, taking her camera out. “It was a little bit tense, a little uncomfortable,” Greenwald said of those initial minutes. “We sat down, and we just started chatting, and Laura was immediately unpacking her camera. The instant that she turned on the camera, I very vividly recall that both he and I completely stiffened up.”

Greenwald began the questioning. “I wanted to test the consistency of his claims, and I just wanted all the information I could get, given how much I knew this was going to be affecting my credibility and everything else. We weren’t really able to establish a human bond until after that five or six hours was over.”

For Poitras, the camera certainly alters the human dynamic, but not in a bad way. When someone consents to being filmed — even if the consent is indirectly gained when she turns on the camera — this is an act of trust that raises the emotional stakes of the moment. What Greenwald saw as stilted, Poitras saw as a kind of bonding, the sharing of an immense risk. “There is something really palpable and emotional in being trusted like that,” she said.

Iowa Cubs game last night.

Iowa Cubs game last night.

El Bait Shop. Des Moines.

Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair Butter Cow, Butter Abraham Lincoln, Butter Lincoln Highway

Raygun. Des Moines East Village.