“The judges who struck down North Carolina’s congressional map for excessive partisanship that favored Republicans refused Tuesday to delay their order telling GOP state lawmakers to draw new lines by next week. The denial by the three-judge federal panel was expected. … Barring a delay by the U.S. Supreme Court—which Republican legislators also have sought and their request is pending—the legislature will be required to redraw its map for North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts by Jan. 24.” (AP)
TEXAS. “On Tuesday the Supreme Court rejected the Texas Democrats attempt to get the Court to review it claims alleging Republicans used partisan gerrymandering in 2013 to hurt Democrats at the ballot box. That decision comes after Friday’s decision in which the court agreed to take up an appeal from organizations representing African-Americans and Latinos that accuse Texas Republicans of using racial gerrymandering to dilute minority representation. The oral arguments related to the racial gerrymandering claims is set for April.” (Houston Chronicle)
OHIO. “State lawmakers have a proposed constitutional amendment to work with as they continue to discuss changing Ohio’s process for drawing congressional districts. State Sen. Matt Huffman (R) introduced the resolution. “The plan, outlined in the proposed constitutional amendment, would give lawmakers the first crack at drawing a congressional map before passing it on to a seven-member redistricting commission that will draw the Statehouse legislative districts. A map would need to pass with three-fifths of the vote in each chamber, including one-third of the legislators in the minority party.” (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)
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"Rudy Giuliani said Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to narrow the scope of a potential interview with President Donald Trump from five topics to two. The former New York City mayor, who is now one of Trump's lawyers in the Russia investigation, told CNN's Chris Cuomo on New Day that Mueller is not considering asking the President about his former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who's under investigation in New York over his business dealings."
Michael Cohen's financial records, given to the media last week, were leaked by a law enforcement official who "had grown alarmed after being unable to find two important reports on Cohen’s financial activity in a government database. The official, worried that the information was being withheld from law enforcement, released the remaining documents." He told the New Yorker: "This is a terrifying time to be an American."
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