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GOP fighting, 50-hour Democratic filibuster kill push to make amending Missouri Constitution harder

May. 17, 2024 18:06 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — GOP infighting and a record-breaking, 50-hour Democratic filibuster on Friday killed a Republican push to make amending Missouri's constitution harder, an effort in part aimed at thwarting an upcoming ballot measure on abortion-rights. The GOP-led Senate...

Which states could have abortion on the ballot in 2024?

May. 17, 2024 16:59 PM EDT

Voters in both Colorado and South Dakota will have a say on abortion rights this fall after supporters collected enough valid signatures to put measures on the ballot, part of a national push to pose abortion rights questions to voters since the U.S. Supreme Court removed the nationwide right to...

Filibuster by Missouri Democrats stretches into a second day. What's the fight about?

May. 14, 2024 18:23 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A nonstop, overnight filibuster by Democratic lawmakers in the Missouri Senate passed the 24-hour point on Tuesday as they try to reign in a Republican proposal to make it harder to amend the state constitution. Lawmakers face a 6 p.m. Friday deadline to...

Justice Kavanaugh says unpopular rulings can later become 'fabric of American constitutional law'

May. 10, 2024 17:23 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh said Friday that U.S. history shows c ourt decisions unpopular in their time later can become part of the “fabric of American constitutional law.” Kavanaugh spoke Friday at a conference attended by judges, attorneys and...

Kuwait's emir dissolves parliament again, amid political gridlock in oil-rich nation

May. 10, 2024 17:16 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's emir again dissolved the small, oil-rich country's parliament Friday, citing the political deadlock that has prevailed in recent years. Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmad Al Jaber made the announcement in an address carried by state television,...

Today in History: May 8, South Africa adopts constitution guaranteeing equal rights

May. 08, 2024 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 8, the 129th day of 2024. There are 237 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 8, 1996, South Africa took another step from apartheid to democracy by adopting a constitution that...

Togo's longtime leader signs a new constitution that eliminates presidential elections

May. 07, 2024 09:13 AM EDT

LOME, Togo (AP) — Togo's president has signed a new constitution eliminating presidential elections, his office said late Monday, a move that opponents say will allow him to extend his family's six-decade rule. Civil society groups in the West African nation have called for protests. ...

Key events of Vladimir Putin's 24 years in power in Russia

May. 07, 2024 07:30 AM EDT

Significant dates in Vladimir Putin’s 24 years in power in Russia: Dec. 31, 1999 — In a surprise address to the nation, Russian President Boris Yeltsin announces his resignation and makes Putin, the prime minister he appointed four months earlier, the acting president. ...

Challenge to North Carolina's new voter ID requirement goes to trial

May. 06, 2024 21:10 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Trial in a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's new voter identification law finally began on Monday, with a civil rights group alleging its photo requirement unlawfully harms Black and Latino voters. The non-jury trial started more than five...

Minnesota lawmakers debate constitutional amendment to protect abortion and LGBTQ rights

May. 06, 2024 16:45 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers launched their debate Monday on far-reaching legislation to amend the constitution to protect abortion and LGBTQ rights. The Minnesota Equal Rights Amendment would be among the nation's most expansive protections of abortion and LGBTQ...