The Monday Catchup

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(Fireworks are seen over Olympic Park during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Photo: AP)

Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The Lead Story: The Olympics are here! This year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, got underway on Friday. So far the United States has already taken home the gold (well, once so far) and Great Britain won its first medal on snow (as opposed to ice). The Olympics haven’t been all triumph, though. American figure skater Ashley Wagner called bullsh*t on  scores that kicked her off the medal stand. At least she didn’t have to participate in Sochi’s newest event: door breaking.

Everything Else:

Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Saturday that the Department of Justice will expand the rights of gay married couples. Such couples would no longer be obligated to testify against each other in court, for example.

Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam came out on Sunday, making him likely the first out player to be drafted/play in the NFL.

Why the hell are these F-18s taking off from public roads?

Here are five easter eggs to get you pumped for this week’s “House of Cards” season premiere (and the other 12 episodes).

A mere 6,000 years away, scientists have discovered the oldest star ever. It’s (do stars have gender? discuss) only 13.6 billion years young.

The Long Read: Written for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, “Will you still medal in the morning?” breaks down the sex and partying that the Olympic Village has become known for.

The Weather: Temperatures will remain cold today and tomorrow, rising to a high near 30F by Wednesday. Expect snow on Friday and Sunday. And just think: by this time next week, the high *might* be near 40!

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