“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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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is "getting close" to a deal with Mexico. Kudlow added that trade talks with China are set to resume shortly.
"A federal judge has found a witness in contempt for refusing to testify before the grand jury hearing evidence in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell made the ruling Friday after a sealed hearing to discuss Andrew Miller’s refusal to appear before the grand jury. Miller is a former aide to longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone."