U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, said the Republican Party would win more support from young voters by highlighting what he says are violations of privacy by the federal government, including the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is showing no signs of heeding Western calls to ease the standoff in Crimea, where pro-Kremlin forces stepped up their takeover of the Ukrainian region preparing for a separatist referendum.
Crimea will join Russia once lawmakers in Moscow pass the necessary legislation and there’s nothing the West can do to stop the process, according to the separatist Ukrainian region’s deputy parliamentary speaker.
The melody Russians know as “Goodbye America” blared over loudspeakers as the host country’s athletes arrived at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, where the Paralympic Games began 400 kilometers (250 miles) from the showdown in Crimea.