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Ohio lawmakers on Tuesday approved a bipartisan plan to curtail gerrymandering by changing how congressional district lines are drawn.

Why it matters: The proposed constitutional amendment will be placed before voters in May as a ballot initiative. If passed, it would change the current law that gives the state's Republican-controlled legislature the authority to draw and approve legislative maps. It would go into effect for the next redistricting process in 2021.

  • When the legislature draws new maps to align with updated U.S. Census figures, it would need three-fifths support from each chamber and at least one third from the minority party.
  • If lawmakers fail to approve the plan, the bipartisan Ohio Redistricting Commission would take over the process and create either a 10-year map with minority consent or a four-year map without.

What they're saying: Gov. John Kasich (R), who has been calling for reform, lauded the bipartisan compromise, as well as Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D), who represents Ohio's most infamously gerrymandered district, referred to as the "snake by the lake."

The backdrop: This comes as some lawmakers in other parts of the country are locked in major racially and politicly-charged gerrymandering court battles. The U.S. Supreme Court is also currently deciding whether Wisconsin Republicans created unconstitutionally gerrymandered legislative districts to benefit their candidates. A decision is expected by June.

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Two Canadians imprisoned by the Chinese government for over 1,000 days have been released and are expected to arrive in Canada on Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

Why it matters: Their release comes hours after Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice that resolves the criminal charges against her and could pave the way for her to return to China.

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Arizona GOP's private recount of 2020 election confirms Biden's win

Contractors working on behalf of the GOP examine and recount 2020 ballots at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix in May. Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images

In an odd coda to the 2020 election, private contractors conducting a GOP-commissioned recount in Arizona confirmed President Biden’s win in Maricopa County.

Why it matters: The unofficial, party-driven recount has been heavily covered on cable news as part of former President Trump's continued effort to sow doubt about the election result.

Del Rio bridge camp empty following Haitian migrant surge

A boy bathes himself in a jug of water inside a migrant camp at the U.S.-Mexico border on Sept. 21 in Del Rio, Texas. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

The last migrants camping under the Del Rio International Bridge, which connects Texas and Mexico, departed on Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced during a White House press briefing.

Driving the news: Thousands of migrants, mostly from Haiti, had arrived to the makeshift camp after crossing the southern border seeking asylum. Roughly 1,800 migrants will now head to U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing centers.