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On this rebroadcast of today's To the Point, guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at how the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are shaping up, despite construction delays, reports of unprecedented corruption, and the political controversy over Russia's stance on gay rights. Also, a graft Inquiry in Turkey leads to a political crisis, the worst Congress ever. We look at the new report on Americans' attitudes about the 113th.

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Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis
Gideon Brower

Making News Graft Inquiry in Turkey Leads to Political Crisis 7 MIN, 14 SEC

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan is fighting off a call to resign today, after three of his cabinet ministers stepped down over a corruption investigation. On Tuesday Police arrested 52 people in connection with the corruption probe, among them the cabinet members. The Prime Minister has denounced the raids as a political plot and has responded by dismissing the officials involved in the arrests, and naming 10 new ministers. Ilter Turan is Professor of Political Science at the Bilgi University in Istanbul.

Guests:
Ilter Turan, Bilgi University

Main Topic Politics in First Place at the Sochi Olympics 35 MIN, 34 SEC

With just 43 days until the Winter Olympic Games begin in Sochi, Russia, the city suffers frequent power outages and a major venue lies unfinished, with corruption plaguing the whole project. On top of everything, weather forecasters are predicting an unusually warm winter. Will there be enough snow for skiers and snowboarders? Logistics aside, the run-up to these Games has been dominated by politics — international outrage over Russia's new anti-gay laws, as well as concerns about terrorism from Islamic separatists. With all of this, how will sports take center stage?

Guests:
Sergei Loiko, Los Angeles Times (@latimes)
Bonnie D. Ford, ESPN (@Bonnie_D_Ford)
David Wallechinsky, International Society of Olympics Historians (@westwood1sports)
Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated (@richarddeitsch)

Today's Talking Point The Worst Congress Ever? 7 MIN, 11 SEC

With fewer than 60 bills signed into law this year, the 113th Congress is on track to be the least productive in 40 years, and Americans have noticed. A new CNN poll finds that two-thirds think the current Congress is the worst ever, a "do-nothing Congress." Will 2014 be any better? David Lightman is national correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers and a longtime observer of Congress.

Guests:
David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers (@LightmanDavid)

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