US to ensure citizens’ evacuation from Olympics if needed – Hagel – Reuters

ReutersWASHINGTON Jan 24 (Reuters) – The United States will have “appropriate arrangements” with Russia to ensure the evacuation of Americans from the Sochi Winter Olympics, if necessary, Defense Secretary Chuck…

State Department cautions Olympic athletes about wearing Team USA gear – Fox News

Fox NewsThe State Department is telling American athletes competing in the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics to avoid wearing team gear outside the games’ venues amid growing concerns over terrorist threats…

Congressman Keating: Americans in Sochi should be safe, cautious – USA TODAY

USA TODAYImmediately upon returning from a trip to Sochi in advance of the Winter Olympics, Congressman William R. Keating (D-Mass.) told reporters Wednesday night that the Russian security effort is…

Brennan: A little perspective needed on Sochi Olympics – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe Sochi Winter Olympic Games are still two weeks away, but they’re already memorable for all the wrong reasons. It’s the rare Olympic Games that make this much news…

Obama, Putin discuss Olympics security in call – Reuters

ReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed in a phone call on Tuesday how best to have a “safe and secure” Winter Olympics in Sochi,…

China media: Winter Olympics – BBC News

BBC NewsPresident Xi Jinping’s decision to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi will open a new page in China-Russia relations, papers say. Mr Xi will attend the opening ceremony next…

US Plans Naval Backup for Olympics – New York Times

New York TimesThe American military’s European Command is drawing up plans to have two Navy warships in the Black Sea at the time of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia,…

No One Will Be Targeted at Olympics, Putin Says – New York Times

New York TimesMOSCOW — Seeking to head off one of several simmering controversies ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said on Friday that no…

Super Bowl, Olympics may compete for some advertisers – USA TODAY

Super Bowl, Olympics may compete for some advertisersUSA TODAYImagine plopping both the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics onto the same field — and watching all the athletes have at…

One month before Olympics, Russia puts Sochi under high security – CNN

CNNMoscow (CNN) — One month before the Winter Olympics begin in the Russian resort town of Sochi — and in the shadow of last month’s deadly bombings in the city…

Lindsey Vonn won’t compete in Sochi Olympics – USA TODAY

USA TODAYLindsey Vonn won’t be competing at the Sochi Olympics because of a knee injury, she announced Tuesday. “I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to…

Olympics chief Thomas Bach: Terrorism must never triumph – USA TODAY

USA TODAYOlympics chief Thomas Bach says terrorism “must never triumph” and believes Russia will deliver “safe and secure” Winter Olympics despite two recent deadly attacks in Volgograd. In his New…

Putin vows to annihilate “terrorists” after suicide bombings – Reuters

ReutersVOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday vowed to annihilate “terrorists” following two deadly bomb attacks in less than 24 hours in the southern Russian city of Volgograd…

Olympic athletes concerned after Russian bombings – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWith less than six weeks before the Sochi Games, athletes around the globe are intensely focused on qualifying for the Olympics. But some are also keeping an eye on…

Russia Bombings Spark Olympic Concerns – ABC News

ABC NewsThe suicide bombings in Russia serve as a chilling reminder of what the Winter Olympics represent to terrorists: A high-profile target with more than 2,500 athletes, some of them…

White House condemns terrorist attacks in Russia – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe Obama administration is condemning new terrorist attacks in Russia, little more than a month before the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. In a statement, the United…

At Least 13 Killed in Explosion at Russian Rail Station – New York Times

New York TimesMOSCOW — An explosion at a railroad station in central Russia has killed at least 13 people, according to initial reports, raising the specter of a wave of…

Pussy Riot member urges Russia Olympics boycott – BBC News

BBC NewsA member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot has called for foreign countries to boycott February’s Winter Olympics, hours after she was freed from jail. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova dismissed the…

Olympics: US delegation announced – South Bend Tribune

South Bend TribuneFormer Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will lead the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics next year in Sochi, Russia. The White House says…

Obama includes openly gay athletes in 2014 Olympic delegation – CBS News

CBS NewsWASHINGTON Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will lead the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics next year in Sochi, Russia. The White House says…

Obama sends message by naming Sochi Olympic delegation – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe White House delivered a strong message of opposition to Russia’s anti-gay laws Tuesday with the announcement of its delegation to the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics. The…

Obama selection of Billie Jean King for Sochi ‘genius’ – USA TODAY

USA TODAYPresident Obama’s selection of Billie Jean King for the official U.S. delegation to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games is a stroke of genius. What better way to show…

Mitt Romney Birther Joke Points To Bad Judgement

A small Michigan town called Commerce Township, may have been the scene of the fall of the Mitt Romney For President Campaign. Stepping up to the podium, the former Governor…