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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Democrats' ultimate ability to maintain control of the House after the 2020 election depends on whether they can flip state legislatures in Florida, Texas and North Carolina, according to a new report by the Democratic super PAC Forward Majority that was shared with Axios.

Why it matters: Republicans won 16 more U.S. House seats than suggested by vote share because of gerrymandered maps, per an AP analysis. The new report asserts that Democrats need to flip at least one legislative chamber in Florida, Texas and North Carolina "to avoid giving Republicans a structural advantage in Congress through 2032."

  • The backdrop: Democrats flipped legislative chambers in blue states like Maine, New York and Connecticut, and won gubernatorial races in battleground states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan during the midterms. They also flipped 12 House seats in Texas' state legislature and 7 House seats in Florida's.

Between the lines: Some Democrats are worried that the presidential race in 2020 will hurt the party's ability to focus more on key state legislature races, especially after Democratic state House candidates were out-raised 3-to-1 in both Florida and Texas in 2018.

  • "We worry folks are already becoming so consumed by the presidential race that we could lose sight of this again," said Benjamin Wexler-Waite, communications director for Forward Majority.
  • "We have to be honest with ourselves: what happened in 2018 was not enough and Republicans are on the brink of gerrymandering dozens of seats in Congress all over again," Wexler-Waite added.

The bottom line: Democrats will have to win a lot more state legislative seats than they did in 2018 if they want to grow their congressional power. 2020 holds a lot more consequence than just the presidential election.

Go deeper: Federal judges rule Michigan's voting maps are illegally gerrymandered

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Using apps to prevent deadly police encounters

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Mobile phone apps are evolving in ways that can stop rather than simply document deadly police encounters with people of color — including notifying family and lawyers about potential violations in real time.

Why it matters: As states and cities face pressure to reform excessive force policies, apps that monitor police are becoming more interactive, gathering evidence against rogue officers as well as posting social media videos to shame the agencies.

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TikTok gets more time (again)

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The White House is again giving TikTok's Chinese parent company more to satisfy national security concerns, rather than initiating legal action, a source familiar with the situation tells Axios.

The state of play: China's ByteDance had until Friday to resolve issues raised by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), which is chaired by Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin. This was the company's third deadline, with CFIUS having provided two earlier extensions.

Federal judge orders Trump administration to restore DACA

DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18. Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, giving undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children a chance to petition for protection from deportation.

Why it matters: DACA was implemented under former President Obama, but President Trump has sought to undo the program since taking office. Friday’s ruling will require Department of Homeland Security officers to begin accepting applications starting Monday and guarantee that work permits are valid for two years.