02/13/2014 10:25amThe weather is warm at this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, yet U.S.-Russian relations are still in the deep freeze. Back in 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave Russia's top diplomat a red button labeled "reset" to symbolize how U.S. relations had thawed _ even though it was mistranslated into Russian. But the event was more of a downhill slalom, than a soaring ski jump. Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes hosting the Olympics will further seal his nation's status as a world power. But President Barack Obama is among several western leaders who decided not to show up.
02/13/2014 12:39pmThe White House says Vice President Joe Biden will travel next month to Chile and the Dominican Republic.
02/13/2014 4:12pmPresident Barack Obama has committed to holding more than 18 fundraisers to help Democrats this year, putting the full force of his political brand behind his party's efforts to gain seats in the House and prevent Republicans from snatching control of the Senate.
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