Apr 23, 2014 2:41pm

Broadened Clemency Rules Could Affect Thousands of Inmates

WASHINGTON – Prison inmates serving sentences for nonviolent crimes have been offered broader guidelines for seeking clemency, the Department of Justice announced today. The new rules, only eligible to prisoners who have already served 10 years behind bars, will focus on people who would be… Read More »

Apr 23, 2014 11:46am

New Poll Buoys Southern Dems’ Hope With Tight Senate Races

Senate Democrats in the South received some welcome news today from a New York Times-Kaiser Family Foundation poll showing tight U.S. Senate races in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina, but the poll also highlighted some potential warning signs for Democrats when it comes to… Read More »

By Ali Weinberg

Apr 23, 2014 9:38am

Bashar al-Assad’s Deadly Loophole in Syria Deal

The Obama administration’s top accomplishment on Syria — a deal in which President Bashar al-Assad would surrender his chemical weapons — risks being undermined by substantial, potentially deadly loopholes in the agreement. Secretary of State John Kerry touted on Tuesday the fact that Syria had… Read More »

Apr 23, 2014 9:06am

Obama’s Asia Challenge

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES FOODIE ALERT – IN TOKYO, OBAMA DREAMS OF SUSHI: President Obama stepped off Air Force One in Japan today, apparently with an appetite for sushi, ABC’s DEVIN DWYER reports. After a quick refresh at the Hotel Okura near the U.S…. Read More »

Apr 23, 2014 7:56am

Obama Dines on Sushi at Tokyo ‘Jiro Dreams’ Shop

TOKYO — President Obama stepped off Air Force One in Japan apparently with an appetite for sushi. After a quick refresh at the Hotel Okura near the U.S. Embassy, Obama joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for dinner at a tiny sushi shop in the… Read More »

By Will Cantine

Apr 23, 2014 3:09am

The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Note’s Must-Reads are a round-up of today’s political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at www.abcnews.com Compiled by ABC News’ Jayce Henderson, Will Cantine and Jordan Mazza  WASHINGTON MUDSLIDE ABC News’ Chris Good: “Obama… Read More »

Apr 22, 2014 7:43pm

Obama Surveys Mudslide Damage, Praises Community of Oso, Wash.

After surveying mudslide damage from Marine One and meeting for an hour and fifteen minutes with victims’ families behind closed doors, President Obama praised the community of Oso, Wash., as it recovers from the March 22 mudslide that so far has claimed 41 lives. “This… Read More »

Apr 22, 2014 5:09pm

Cowboys and Indians Ride Through DC to Protest Keystone XL Pipeline

Cowboys and Indians riding on horseback marched through the nation’s capital today in protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline. Dressed in native headdresses and cowboy hats, the activists started on horseback at the reflecting pool in front of the Capitol and marched through downtown DC…. Read More »

By Alexander Mallin

Apr 22, 2014 4:57pm

Rick Perry Wants New York Jobs — And Debate With Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Rick Perry has made it clear that he’s not afraid to mess with states outside of Texas to attract businesses, but now the former presidential candidate and potential 2016 contender is looking to brush up on his debate skills with New York Gov. Andrew… Read More »

Apr 22, 2014 11:39am

Court Upholds Michigan’s Ban on Race Conscious College Admissions

A divided Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on race conscious admissions policies at public universities today, reversing a lower court decision that had struck down the ban on equal protection grounds. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the main opinion and said, “This case is not about… Read More »