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Rio Olympics organizers sign off on 2016 venue masterplan

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Rio Games Organisers said Thursday they and international Olympic federations have signed off a venue master plan.

In a statement, organisers said a two-day eighth IOC Project Review had concluded with “significant progress” on readying the 2016 tournament, the first to be held in South America.

“We have enjoyed two very busy and productive days of meetings (and) benefitted from the International Olympic Committee´s expert guidance and support,” Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman said:

“Working hand-in-hand with our colleagues from the three levels (municipal, state and federal) of government, we have made important advances in our project. We are proud to have finalized the Venue Masterplan in record time, 1,000 days ahead of the Games.

“Hosting an Olympic and Paralympic Games is a hugely demanding project, with many challenges, but we are firmly on track and working every day with great focus, energy and commitment to deliver unforgettable Games in 2016.”

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International Olympic Committee Sports Director Christophe Dubi said:

“Completion of the detailed venue master plan two-and-a-half years out is an excellent result. It compares favourably with previous editions of the Games, which saw adjustments later in the preparations.”

The meeting, also attended by Rio 2016 Coordination Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel and Brazilian Minister for Sport Aldo Rebelo, assessed key areas including accommodation, transport, sustainability, legacy, engagement and communications.

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At the press conference for the four Democratic congresswomen President Donald Trump told to 'go back where they came from,' Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) hit upon one of the most galling aspects of the situation: Trump is attacking them, on a fundamental level, for one of the very things he promised voters he would do as president.

"Every single statement that we make is from a place of extreme love for every single person in this country," said Omar, who was accompanied by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). "It is part of the mandate of why we ran for office and why we got elected."

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Fox News hosts at "The Five" responded to the press conference by four Congresswomen of color with outright sexism.

"Donald Trump won that press conference. Nancy and 'The Squad' lost. It looks like they want to victimize themselves even further," said host Jesse Waters, saying "We will not be silenced."

"I don’t think that’s the way to go against President Trump. You have to meet them on the same level," Waters continued, though he didn't explain what that meant. "They are continuing to play the victim and pout and now they want to impeach him for tweeting. They are saying he’s a white nationalist and he’s committing human rights violations and deporting all these people."

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The four progressive Democratic women who are being targeted by President Donald Trump's racist remarks held a press event Monday afternoon, showing unity and strength in the face of the president's attacks. They chose their words carefully and spoke them with dignity while blasting Trump and his white nationalist agenda.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley told reporters she will only refer to Trump as "the occupant of the White House," and urged Americans to not "take the bait" Trump is tossing.

She also said they "want to get back to" addressing the issues that led their constituents to send them to Congress, including reducing the cost of prescription drugs and reducing gun violence.

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