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Sochi’s Grand Opening, and Khazak Without ‘Stan’—THE EDGE—Brought to You by Neustar

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Sen. Pat Roberts is working to reestablish ties in Kansas, where he doesn't own a home. Former State Department arms expert Stephen Jin-Woo Kim has agreed to plead guilty to leaking information to Fox News. A Turkish plane landed in Istanbul after a man said there was a bomb on board and that he wanted to go to Sochi. Meanwhile, the Olympics started off with an impressive opening ceremony, despite one notable glitch. The Labor Department released another disappointing jobs report. Britain is seducing possible terrorists on the Internet. Joe Biden doesn't see why he wouldn't run for president. And Kazakhstan might drop the "stan."

TOP NEWS

PAT ROBERTS IS RARELY SEEN AT HIS KANSAS RESIDENCE: The Republican senator does not own a home in Kansas. He says he stays at a home owned by two donors, but one neighbor says he's seen him only twice since 1977. (Jonathan Martin, NYT)

 

FORMER STATE DEPARTMENT ADVISER WILL PLEAD GUILTY TO LEAK: Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, a former State Department arms expert, has agreed to plead guilty and serve 13 months in prison for disclosing national defense information to a Fox News reporter. (Ann Marimow, WaPo)

PLANE HIJACKER DETAINED: Turkish security detained a Ukrainian man after a suspected bomb threat. A Pegasus Airlines plane landed in Istanbul after the man allegedly said there was a bomb on board and that he wanted to go to Sochi, rather than its intended destination of Sabiha Gokcen, Turkey. (Suzan Fraser, AP)

EXTRAVAGANT OPENING CEREMONY KICKS OFF OLYMPICS: More than 4,700 cast members performed in front of 40,000 people to start the Winter Olympics. The show hit a snag when five giant snowflakes turned into the Olympic rings--except for one that didn't work. President Vladimir Putin declared the Games open at 10:25 p.m. local time. (Will Englund, WaPo)

113,000 JOBS ADDED IN JANUARY--ANOTHER DISAPPOINTMENT: It wasn't as bad as the 74,000 jobs added in December, but it wasn't nearly the expected 180,000 gain. Still, the unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent. (Nelson Schwartz, NYT)

LIZ CHENEY EXAGGERATED HER FUNDRAISING: Cheney raised $720,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013, despite telling reporters she had raised $1 million. She started the year with $612,000 in the bank and $175,000 in debt. Sen. Michael Enzi, meanwhile, had $1.83 million on hand. (Steven Shepard, NJ)

BLOOMBERG: CLOSE COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS. The former New York City mayor said, "The biggest thing you can do in this country is to close coal-fired power plants. They generate a third of all of the emissions." (Ben Geman, NJ)

THE WEEKEND IN ONE PARAGRAPH: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers will be on ABC's This Week to talk about security at the Winter Olympics. U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul will also speak about security in Sochi, and Sens. Chuck Schumer and Rob Portman will talk about the Congressional Budget Office report on health care on NBC's Meet the Press. Rep. Peter King, chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterintelligence and Terrorism, will speak about the Olympics on CBS's Face the Nation. Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will speak from Sochi on CNN's State of the Union. Sens. Roy Blunt and Ben Cardin will also discuss the CBO report on Fox News Sunday.

TOP LINES

BRITAIN IS "CATFISHING" TERRORISTS: Top-secret slideshows leaked to NBC News show that British spies are seducing their enemies online. (Brown/Volz, NJ)

WHY WOULDN'T JOE BIDEN RUN FOR PRESIDENT? The vice president said there are "no obvious reasons" he wouldn't run in 2016. In other words, he really wants to run. (Chris Cillizza, WaPo)

"F--- THE E.U." DID NOT GO OVER WELL IN GERMANY: Chancellor Angela Merkel was not happy with Victoria Nuland's recorded comments about the European Union's role in Ukraine. (Anthony Faiola, WaPo)

IS IT EVER WORTH IT TO HOST THE OLYMPICS? Things are bad in Sochi, but the economics behind hosting the Olympics are rarely pretty. (Elahe Izadi, NJ)

KAZAKHSTAN MIGHT DROP THE "STAN": President Nursultan Nazarbayev said Westerners might confuse the country with its other, less wealthy "stan" neighbors. So why not change the name? (Reuters)

TOP READS

WHY RUSSIANS AREN'T SMILING AT YOU IN SOCHI: It has to do with Russia's culture, and with imperialist wolves and their ferocious teeth. (Marina Koren, NJ)

THE AMAZING MISADVENTURES OF THE OLYMPIC TORCH: The torch had some ups and downs on its journey to Sochi, including a trip to the North Pole. (Cathy Newman, National Geographic)

TOP VIEWS

IMAGES FROM THE OPENING CEREMONY: The snowflake that wouldn't transform into an Olympic ring might be the iconic image of Sochi's struggles, but some shots of the ceremony are stunning. (The Atlantic)

THE JOBS REPORT, IN TWO CHARTS: What does unemployment look like in the context of the entire population, and which industries did the best and worst in January? (Ritchie King, Quartz)
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