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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House backed a proposed constitutional amendment on Wednesday that would require two-thirds majority votes for bills to pass during lame duck sessions of the Legislature, if voters ultimately approve of the change.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican leaders of Pennsylvania's Legislature said Wednesday that Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is trying to sabotage ballot questions to amend the constitution to shift authority over the length of emergency declarations from governors to lawmakers.

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger’s electoral commission said Tuesday that former foreign affairs minister Mohamed Bazoum has been elected president of the West African nation, according to preliminary results from the second round of voting Sunday.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republicans are again pushing for the state to call for conventions to amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget and limit the terms of members of Congress, arguing the state needs to lend its support to disrupting the status quo in Washington.

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a pair of proposals aimed at increasing scrutiny on voter-backed ballot initiatives like a recently-passed constitutional amendment that would have legalized marijuana, but was struck down by a circuit court.

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Politicians haven’t been short on ideas for spending earnings from North Dakota’s voter-approved oil tax savings account — from attempting to fund pet projects to using it to balance the state budget or cut taxes.

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The authoritarian leader of Belarus said Friday that a referendum on changing the ex-Soviet nation's constitution would be held in less than a year, part of government efforts to stem the tide of opposition protests.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Dire harm from Donald Trump’s false and violent incitements will vex American democracy long into the future unless the Senate convicts him of impeachment and bars him from future office, House prosecutors insisted Thursday as they concluded two days of emotional arguments in his historic trial.

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