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NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The announcement that President Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama will not attend the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia reported.

(White House: Chuck Todd) The White House decision that the US delegation will be led by former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and include 2 gay former athletes - Caitlin Cahow†† & Billie Jean King – reviewed; details given about the tension between Obama & Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s decision to provide asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden and its anti-gay laws. [White House press secretary Jay CARNEY – says this delegation brings attention to the remarkable diversity of the US.] [In August, OBAMA – says sexual orientation shouldn’t have anything to do with it.] [US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFAUL†- says we want to protect the athletes’ right to express their views.] [CAHOW – says she will go to Russia gladly.] [NBC Olympics columnist Alan ABRAHAMSON†- notes the signal that Obama is disrespecting the American athletes by not going.]

Williams, Brian;
Todd, Chuck

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