Please do not touch the kids. This is prohibited by law.
Russian official, at a news conference explaining that gays are safe in Sochi. (via officialssay)

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politico:

Welcome to the Edward Snowden-era of national security journalism — a time when no scoop is too small, no detail too minor, and revelations about government surveillance pour forth on an almost daily basis. It’s a significant departure from the way things used to be. 

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The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony on Instagram

To view more photos and videos from the Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony, explore the Олимпийский Стадион «Фишт» / Fisht Olympic Stadium location page, browse the #Sochi2014 hashtag and follow @olympics on Instagram.

The Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics (@olympics) took place on Friday to officially open the Games in Russia.

The ceremony presented a history of Russia seen through the eyes of a young girl named Lubov, or ‘Love,’ opening with a journey through the unique Russian alphabet Azbuka.

To get a first-hand look at the atmosphere at the Opening Ceremony, follow these Russian Instagrammers who were in attendance and shared their experience on Instagram:

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Team USA comes from different backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, and genders.  What do they all have in common? They are all athletes!
Check out our video showcasing U.S. Olympians, Paralympians, and recreational athletes of various backgrounds.

statedept:

Team USA comes from different backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, and genders.  What do they all have in common? They are all athletes!

Check out our video showcasing U.S. Olympians, Paralympians, and recreational athletes of various backgrounds.

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The Real Monuments Men

American GIs hand-carry paintings down the steps of the Neuschwanstein castle under the supervision of Capt. James Rorimer. NARA photo: 239-RC-14-5

The major motion picture, The Monuments Men, is set to debut in theaters nationwide. The movie tells the story of the men and women from the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFA&A) Section of the Allied Expeditionary Forces. Made up of art historians, museum curators, archivists, and architects, these “Monuments Men,” as they came to be called, were assigned to protect Europe’s cultural heritage. As World War II engulfed the continent, that task became exceedingly difficult…  
Read more via Media Matters » The Real Monuments Men

todaysdocument:

The Real Monuments Men

American GIs hand-carry paintings down the steps of the Neuschwanstein castle under the supervision of Capt. James Rorimer. NARA photo: 239-RC-14-5

The major motion picture, The Monuments Men, is set to debut in theaters nationwide. The movie tells the story of the men and women from the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFA&A) Section of the Allied Expeditionary Forces. Made up of art historians, museum curators, archivists, and architects, these “Monuments Men,” as they came to be called, were assigned to protect Europe’s cultural heritage. As World War II engulfed the continent, that task became exceedingly difficult…  

Read more via Media Matters » The Real Monuments Men

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