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Olympics Don't Ease U.S. Russian Strain

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U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation Michael McFaul greets President Obama

Just outside the spotlight of these Olympic games in Sochi, Russia and the U.S. are navigating a tense point in their relationship.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College and Tim Hagel, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa about the tension and the ongoing cooperation between the U.S and Russia.  They also reflect on the U.S. relationship with France, and its strategic importance now in dealings with Iran, as President Obama hosts French President Francois Hollande.  A discussion of those issues, as well as an increase in the debt ceiling and a delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act, on this edition of

politics day.

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk