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Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy

President Obama shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before a private dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Tokyo on Wednesday. At Sukiyabashi Jiro, people pay a minimum $300 for 20 pieces of sushi chosen by the patron, Jiro Ono. hide caption

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The Salt

Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy

On the first leg of his Asia tour, President Obama stopped by the iconic sushi restaurant featured in a 2012 documentary. Director David Gelb says eating there is both an amazing and nerve-wracking experience.

Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands

Seth Meyers hosts the premiere of his talk show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, in February 2014. "The trickiest part of this job the first week was just figuring out what to do with my hands," says, Meyers, who was used to holding a microphone during standup. Remembering that he had pockets was key. hide caption

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Television

Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands

Meyers left a dream job hosting Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update to take over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon. Meyers says not having a mic in hand — like he did in standup — took some adjusting.

Pennsylvania Congresswoman Goes All In For Obamacare

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. hide caption

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It's All Politics

Pennsylvania Congresswoman Goes All In For Obamacare

Does Rep. Allyson Schwartz's pro-Affordable Care Act television ad signal a new thinking among Democrats running in statewide races?

Household Words: Shakespeare's Enduring Lexicon

In 1964, for Shakespeare's 400th birthday, The Beatles performed an excerpt from A Midsummer Night's Dream. hide caption

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Bonus Round: Ask Me Another

Household Words: Shakespeare's Enduring Lexicon

What hath the Bard wrought? A legacy of words and idioms you'll recognize from pop culture and even your own speech. On the occasion of his 450th birthday, Ask Me Another presents this handy glossary.

After Bitter Split, Palestinian Factions Pledge To Reconcile

Palestinians march Wednesday in Gaza City in support of an attempt to reconcile the two main factions. Those factions, Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization, have been bitterly divided since 2007. They hope to form a unity government within five weeks. hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

After Bitter Split, Palestinian Factions Pledge To Reconcile

The two main Palestinian factions, the Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas, say they will attempt to form a unity government and end a seven-year rift.

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

Thousands of federal prisoners convicted of drug offenses are expected to file for expedited clemency under a new administration initiative that would release inmates from long sentences. Antwain Black (left) was released early after sentencing laws were first eased in 2010. hide caption

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It's All Politics

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

The Obama administration announced Wednesday that federal inmates serving long sentences for drug offenses will be eligible for expedited clemency if they meet six major criteria.

On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus

Laverne Cox plays Sophia on Netflix's Orange Is The New Black, one of several current shows exploring the lives of transgender characters. Paul Schiraldi/Netflix hide caption

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Monkey See

On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus

Now that it's more common to see gay characters on TV, is the medium turning to transgender people for fresh stories?

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