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A North Carolina federal court on Tuesday struck down the state's congressional map, finding that it's partisan and violates the U.S. Constitution in the first ruling of its kind about partisan gerrymandering.

Why it matters: This comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is currently reviewing a gerrymandering case in Wisconsin that could, for the first time, alter how maps are created and implement a concrete legal standard for determining when redistricting is infected with political bias.

What's happening: The 3-judge court threw out the electoral lines drawn by the state's Republican-controlled assembly and ordered that no elections be conducted under the current map, including this year's midterm elections. The court plans to appoint "in short order a Special Master" to assist the court in drawing an alternative remedial plan, the ruling said. The court gave North Carolina's general assembly until January 24th to propose an alternative.

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Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence

Roger Stone arriving at his sentencing hearing on Feb. 20. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump on Friday evening commuted the sentence of his longtime associate Roger Stone, according to two senior administration officials. Stone in February was sentenced to 40 months in prison for crimes including obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress.

Why it matters: The controversial move brings an abrupt end to the possibility of Stone spending time behind bars. He had been scheduled to report to prison on July 14.

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Which states have set single-day coronavirus records this week

Data: COVID Tracking Project and state health department data compiled by Axios; Map: Danielle Alberti and Naema Ahmed/Axios

13 states this week surpassed records set just last week for their highest number of coronavirus infections in a single day, according to the COVID Tracking Project and state health department data. 16 states in total reported new highs.

The big picture: The United States' alarming rise in coronavirus cases isn't just due to increased testing — particularly where the number of cases has grown fastest over the last month, Axios' Andrew Witherspoon and Caitlin Owens report.

Updated 8 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 p.m. ET: 12,389,660 — Total deaths: 557,279 — Total recoveries — 6,830,596Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 p.m. ET: 3,169,611 — Total deaths: 133,885 — Total recoveries: 983,185 — Total tested: 38,856,341Map.
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