Oct 22, 2017

Abe set for big win, could revise Japan's pacifist constitution

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: David Guttenfelder / AP

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's party appeared to win a large majority in the Japanese general election on Sunday. That could allow him to amend Japan's Constitution to "remove any doubt about the military's legitimacy," according to the New York Times.

  • Why it matters: Abe seems to have the two-thirds majority needed to change the constitution, which calls for "the renunciation of war," but the public is split on the change, and Abe will need a majority of voters to make the amendments.
  • The case for change: With North Korea's hostility and missile tests growing, Abe focused on voters' fears in his campaign message, per the Times.

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In photos: Protesters clash with police nationwide over George Floyd

Police officers grapple with protesters in Atlanta. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray as the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd spread nationwide on Friday evening.

The big picture: Police responded in force in cities ranging from Atlanta to Des Moines, Houston to Detroit, Milwaukee to Washington, D.C. and Denver to Louisville. In Los Angeles, police declared a stretch of downtown off limits, with Oakland issuing a similar warning.

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Gov. Tim Walz to mobilize Minnesota's full National Guard

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced on Saturday he is activating the full National Guard to respond to street violence in Minneapolis that broke out during protests of a police encounter that left a black man, George Floyd, dead.

Why it matters: This is the first time the state has activated the full National Guard since World War II. " The Minnesota National Guard told Axios in an email that up to 10,000 soldiers and airmen would be deployed after all activations and processing are complete.

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Live updates: SpaceX attempts to launch NASA astronauts Saturday

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad. Photo: NASA/Joel Kowsky

At 3:22 p.m. ET today, SpaceX is expected to launch NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station for the first time.

Why it matters: The liftoff — should it go off without a hitch — will be the first time a private company has launched people to orbit. It will also bring crewed launches back to the U.S. for the first time in nine years, since the end of the space shuttle program.

Follow along below for live updates throughout the day...