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Unity and Division at the Olympics

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Pointing the way to the opening ceremony.

Pointing the way to the opening ceremony.

Photographer: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Let the Games Begin (and the Bickering Continue)

On Friday, athletes and spectators from more than 200 countries will joyfully put aside their differences for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Who's not feeling the spirit of unity? Brazil's leaders, Mac Margolis notes, who aren't taking a break from their feuds amid a marathon corruption probe. Meanwhile, Adam Minter argues that China has more influence on the IOC than ever before, and that, surprisingly enough, it could become a powerful force for cleaning up the games.