Obama loses bet, Canada gets more beer
February 21st, 2014
03:04 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama loses bet, Canada gets more beer

(CNN) – It didn't take long for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to remind President Barack Obama that the U.S. President now owes Canada two cases of beer, following the loss of the U.S. men's hockey team at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

About 15 minutes minutes after his country's team bested the U.S. on the ice, the Prime Minister claimed his prize on Twitter.

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Filed under: Olympics • President Obama
Obama, Harper make bet over Olympic hockey games
February 20th, 2014
04:06 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama, Harper make bet over Olympic hockey games

(CNN) – When the U.S. and Canada face off Friday in a men's showdown at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, there's more than just bragging rights on the line. There's beer.

President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a Twitter wager Thursday, with each betting a case of beer from their country.
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Filed under: Canada • Olympics
Napolitano: Obama’s non-visit to Sochi is not a snub to Putin
February 9th, 2014
10:31 AM ET
6 months ago

Napolitano: Obama’s non-visit to Sochi is not a snub to Putin

(CNN) - For the past 14 years, U.S. delegations to the Olympics have included a president, vice president or member of the president's family - but President Barack Obama's decision not to travel to Russia was not a snub to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Janet Napolitano said in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union."

"I think the President chose delegations that represent leaders from various walks of life, former Olympians, leaders in government service," said Napolitano, who's leading the U.S. delegation in the current Winter Olympic Games and served as secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013.
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February 5th, 2014
06:09 PM ET
6 months ago

Romney: I would go to the Olympics and take family

(CNN) - Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who ran the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, said Wednesday he would feel secure enough in traveling to Sochi if his calendar allowed it.

"For those of us who love the Olympics and love the experience and want to see the athletes compete, it's something I would feel safe in doing, I'd take my family to do," the former Massachusetts governor said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Olympics • Russia
January 26th, 2014
12:33 PM ET
6 months ago

Russian ambassador says he’s certain Olympics will be safe

(CNN) – The Russian ambassador to the U.S. said Sunday he’s “absolutely certain” the Olympic Games in Sochi next month will be safe from terrorist attacks. He pushed back against reports of a “black widow” threat.

“There was a report of some notice that (was) circulated as a kind of lookout information. It doesn't necessarily mean that there is an immediate threat,” Sergey Kislyak said in an exclusive interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
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Filed under: Olympics • Peter King • Russia • TV-State of the Union
Napolitano, Romney weigh in on safety, politics of Winter Olympics
January 5th, 2014
06:08 PM ET
7 months ago

Napolitano, Romney weigh in on safety, politics of Winter Olympics

Washington (CNN) - The head of the U.S. delegation to the upcoming Olympic Winter Games said the United States will work closely with host country Russia to ensure security, especially in light of the two recent terrorist bombings there.

“We want the Games to be safe, and we want it to be about the athletes,” said Janet Napolitano on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. Napolitano recently left her post as secretary of Homeland Security and was chosen by President Barack Obama to lead the Olympic delegation.

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Filed under: Janet Napolitano • Mitt Romney • Olympics
Congressman: Don't let Sochi Olympics become Benghazi, Boston Marathon
December 30th, 2013
02:07 PM ET
7 months ago

Congressman: Don't let Sochi Olympics become Benghazi, Boston Marathon

(CNN) – Rep. Michael Grimm on Monday likened the recent bombings in southern Russia to the security threats leading up to the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, as well as red flags ahead of the Boston Marathon bombings.

As the world prepares for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in less than six weeks, the Republican congressman from New York said "we cannot sweep these threats under the rug, like we did with Benghazi or the warnings from Russia on the Tsarnaev brother behind the Boston Marathon bombing."
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Filed under: Congress • Michael Grimm • Olympics
Nation's capital makes a play for the 2024 Olympic Games
August 27th, 2013
12:42 PM ET
11 months ago

Nation's capital makes a play for the 2024 Olympic Games

Washington (CNN) – Washingtonians are paying close attention the quadrennial contest for a major job on the global stage.

But this time it's not the race for the White House - the nation's capital is in the early stages of an effort to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
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Filed under: Olympics • Washington D.C.
Graham: Boycotting Olympics would get Putin’s attention
July 17th, 2013
10:43 AM ET
1 year ago

Graham: Boycotting Olympics would get Putin’s attention

Updated at 3:04 p.m. ET on 7/17

(CNN) - It was a suggestion made quickly to a reporter in a Capitol hallway.

But now that Sen. Lindsey Graham is on the record as suggesting a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the South Carolina Republican says it could be a consideration if Vladimir Putin allows NSA leaker Edward Snowden to remain in his country and continues supporting Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
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Filed under: Lindsey Graham • Olympics • Russia
Romney on Olympics bid: Thanks, but no thanks
April 30th, 2013
06:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Romney on Olympics bid: Thanks, but no thanks

(CNN) - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is happy to offer advice and counsel to San Diego's committee bidding for the Olympic Games, but he does "not intend to take a management position with the committee," according to Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, a Democrat, told the Associated Press over the weekend that he wants the former Massachusetts governor, who's been credited with saving the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games, to head up the 2024 bid for San Diego and its neighboring city, Tijuana, Mexico.
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Filed under: California • Mitt Romney • Olympics
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