Politics

9:50am

Thu April 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama: Japan's Administration Of Disputed Islands Shouldn't Change

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 2:27 pm

President Obama speaks at a joint news conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Thursday. Obama reinforced the U.S.-Japan security commitment.
Junko Kimura-Matsumoto AP

President Obama said Thursday that the U.S. believes Japan's administration of a contested island chain should not change "unilaterally," as he assured Tokyo that a U.S. security treaty "covers all territories administered by Japan."

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2:39am

Thu April 24, 2014
Politics

Bob Dole Returns To Kansas For Gratitude Tour

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 12:46 pm

Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole (center) takes questions during a visit to the Johnson County Republican headquarters in Overland Park, Kan., on Monday. With him are Gov. Sam Brownback (left) and Rep. Kevin Yoder.
Orlin Wagner AP

In Kansas this week, a political icon returned home. Former Republican Sen. Bob Dole has been traveling the state, meeting with friends and supporters who embraced his long political career.

Dole is not running for office, but the 90-year-old has a tour schedule that could tire a politician half his age. He's made 10 public appearances over three days, including a stop at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

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2:27pm

Wed April 23, 2014
It's All Politics

Pennsylvania Congresswoman Goes All In For Obamacare

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 4:01 pm

Rep. Allyson Schwartz is flanked by Katie McGinty, former state environmental protection secretary, and Tom Wolf, a businessman, at a forum for Pennsylvania Democratic candidates for governor.
Jacqueline Larma AP

Now that Allyson Schwartz has become perhaps the first Democratic candidate to warmly embrace the Affordable Care Act in a 2014 campaign ad, will other Democrats in statewide races follow suit?

Unlikely.

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2:05pm

Wed April 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Georgia Law OKs Guns In Schools, Churches

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 4:23 pm

Andrea Teichner protests Georgia's new gun law at a rally at Atlanta's Central Presbyterian Church, on Wednesday.
David Goldman AP

Georgians will now be able to carry firearms in such places as schools, bars, churches and government buildings under a sweeping new law signed by the governor on Wednesday.

The Safe Carry Protection Act, also known to critics as the "guns everywhere bill," was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal, who said it will allow "people who follow the rules [to] protect themselves and their families from people who don't follow the rules.

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11:30am

Wed April 23, 2014
It's All Politics

A Path Out Of Prison For Low-Level, Nonviolent Drug Offenders

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 2:44 pm

The new guidelines are part of the Obama administration's effort to address long mandatory minimum sentences. Antwain Black (left) was released early after sentencing laws were first eased in 2010.
Seth Perlman AP

Thousands of nonviolent drug offenders serving time in federal prison could be eligible to apply for early release under new clemency guidelines announced Wednesday by the Justice Department.

Details of the initiative, which would give President Obama more options under which he could grant clemency to drug offenders serving long prison sentences, were announced by Deputy Attorney General James Cole.

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