Watch Nine Years of Olympic Preparation in Six Seconds


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The site of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
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Before July 2005, when Russia bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi was one of the country’s largest resort towns, sitting on the Black Sea just 27 miles north of Georgia. These DigitalGlobe satellite images provided to TIME—snapped between April 2005 and January 2014—show what happens when $50 billion is suddenly invested to transform into an Olympic host city.

Sochi now boasts world-class arenas, high-speed trains and glamorous housing. Six thousand athletes from 85 countries (in addition to 1,650 Paralympians from 45 countries) are due in town, and will be outnumbered by the tens of thousands of spectators, tourists and journalists who will capture their triumph or defeat. The competition is on track to become the most expensive—and warmest-ever Winter games—in history.

(MORE: Fortress Sochi: Russia’s Security Plan Risks Killing the Olympic Spirit)

But more than half a decade of preparation hasn’t come without consequence: A $635 million highway on…

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“Congressman: ‘The Wife Is To Voluntarily Submit’ To Her Husband”


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By Rebecca Leber

CREDIT: AP PHOTO/TIM KORTE

CREDIT: AP PHOTO/TIM KORTE

Republican lawmakers can’t seem to stop offending women, in spite of the GOP’s stated goal to attract women voters. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) explains in his recent memoir that it is the wife’s role to “voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice.”

The Washington Post reports that a chapter from Pearce’s new book emphasizes wives and husbands each have roles in the household, and the wife’s role is obedience. “The husband’s part is to show up during the times of deep stress, take the leadership role and be accountable for the outcome, blaming no one else,” Pearce writes. “The wife’s submission is not a matter of superior versus inferior; rather, it is self-imposed as a matter of obedience to the Lord and of love for her husband.”

Pearce maintains enough self-awareness to admit this conceit, which he attributes to the Bible, is unpopular. “The principle is among the most controversial of all directives coming from the Bible. Critics abound, both Christian and non-Christian.” He thinks too many of his friends “dealt with the directive by ignoring it.”

Not everyone ignores it; a sitting federal judge once wrote it is the wife’s job to “subordinate herself to her husband.”

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Michigan Governor to Washington: Detroit Needs Immigrants


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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder wants the federal government to allow more immigrants to work in bankrupt Detroit.

On Thursday, Snyder unveiled a proposal calling on Washington to provide 50,000 special visas for highly skilled foreigners willing to work in Detroit, in order to end the precipitous downward spiral the Motor City has been in for decades.

“Again, they made it clear they don’t have dollar resources to necessarily help, but isn’t this a great way that doesn’t involve large-scale financial contributions from the federal government to do something dramatic in Detroit?” Snyder told reporters, according to NBC.

Snyder, a Republican, has both the support of Detroit’s Democrat mayor along with members of the city council.

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Fragile Truce in Kiev as Protests Spread Across Ukraine


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A tenuous truce is currently being observed in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, after crisis talks were held Thursday between President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders, but the violent protests have spread to at least five other cities in the west of the country.

The opposition appears divided in its attitude toward negotiation. As some leaders urged the crowd to suspend protests, defiant shouts of “Revolution” and “Shame” could be heard. There are fears that protest leaders are losing control over the more extremist factions among the demonstrators — among them a shadowy coalition of right-wing and ultra-nationalist groups known as Pravyy Sektor (Right Sector), which has reportedly been behind much of the violence.

“We, the nationalists, have to throw off the regime of internal occupation in a revolutionary way, no other way is available,” one of its leaders, Andriy Tarasenko, told Agence France-Presse in an interview. He warned of a

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Beck: ‘I played a role in tearing apart the country’


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Conservative commentator Glenn Beck told FOX News’ Megyn Kelly that he “made a lot of mistakes” while he was a part of the network, but are his regretful remarks sincere? Carol discussed this statement and others with Amy Holmes, who works at Beck’s media network, “The Blaze”, John Avlon, editor-in-chief at The Daily Beast and CNN Senior Media Correspondent Brian Stelter.

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