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China’s bizarre anti-Japanese TV and movie kitsch backfires

China’s sustained, state-mobilized anti-Japanese propaganda campaign, one that has permeated the main news, arts and entertainment industries, has run into a wave of domestic criticism, as many World War II-themed anti-Japanese dramas on television have come across as bizarre, vulgar, even pornographic kitsch. The campaign is causing public revulsion and condemnation.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 22, 2015. Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits. Senators also plan to address the government's soon-to-expire authority to collect bulk data on Americans' phone records. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

- Associated Press

In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.

FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

What happens to collection of phone records if law expires?

- Associated Press

The Senate appeared headed for early Saturday morning votes on whether to change the way the National Security Agency handles American calling records, raising the possibility of a halt to that collection program and two less controversial surveillance techniques designed to track spies and terrorists.

FILE- In this March 30, 2012 file photo, Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, delivers a lecture to students in Moscow. Gottemoeller spoke for the U.S. delegation Friday, May 22, 2015, in blocking the final conference document during a landmark nuclear treaty review conference at the United Nations. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, File)

US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns

- Associated Press

The United States on Friday blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states tried to "cynically manipulate" the process by setting a deadline for Israel and its neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such weapons.

Members of a construction crew work at the site of the new Veterans Administration hospital complex, in Aurora, Colo., Thursday May 21, 2015.  The Veterans Affairs Department averted a costly construction shutdown at its half-finished hospital outside Denver on Thursday, but it still has to persuade an angry Congress to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars more to complete the bungled project.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

VA must find millions to finish troubled Denver hospital

- Associated Press

Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project.

Highlights from around the state Capitol

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The first state budget under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott spends lavishly on border security, defunds one of Rick Perry's signature initiatives and includes the biggest tax cuts in a decade. The House and Senate are expected to give final approval next week to the roughly $210 billion spending bill.

Things to know about the next Texas budget

- Associated Press

The first state budget under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott spends lavishly on border security, defunds one of Rick Perry's signature initiatives and includes the biggest tax cuts in a decade.

They served in the Civil War, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War and World War I, but for decades, their ashes and those of thousands of others lay abandoned in corroded urns in a grisly outbuilding at Oregon's state psychiatric hospital. The Oregon National Guard on Friday, May, 22, 2015, offered a rifle salute and played Taps at Willamette National Cemetery on Portland, Ore.,  to honor 19 veterans and the spouses of two others whose cremated remains were discovered at the Oregon State Hospital a decade ago. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)

19 long-dead Oregon hospital patients get military honors

- Associated Press

They served in the Civil War, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War and World War I - but for decades, their ashes and those of thousands of others lay abandoned in corroded urns in an outbuilding at Oregon's state psychiatric hospital.

Displaced civilians from Ramadi wait to receive humanitarian aid from the United Nations in a camp in the town of Amiriyat al-Fallujah, west of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, May 22, 2015. The United Nations World Food Program said it is rushing food assistance into Anbar to help tens of thousands of residents who have fled Ramadi after it was taken by Islamic State militant group. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery

- Associated Press

Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops - including some operating artillery and other heavy weapons - in support of advancing Iraqi ground forces, U.S. defense officials said Friday.

Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes target Shiite rebels in Yemen

- Associated Press

The Saudi-led coalition on Friday launched heavy airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen, targeting camps and weapons depots in the rebel-held capital, as a U.N. agency said some 234 children were killed in violence over the past two months.

A member of the U.S. Naval Academy raises his right hand as he takes an oath of office during the Academy's graduation and commissioning ceremony, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden discusses Asia-Pacific region at Navy graduation

- Associated Press

Vice President Joe Biden told graduates at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday that U.S. foreign policy is rebalancing toward the Asia-Pacific region, and he said many of them will be stationed there "to keep the peace."