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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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GOP fears "little guy" attack on Amy Coney Barrett

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White House aides and Senate Republicans have spent the past week readying binders full of messaging and rebuttals to guide Judge Amy Coney Barrett to a pre-Nov. 3 confirmation. "We knew for days it was going to be Amy," a Senate GOP aide involved in her confirmation process told Axios.

What we're hearing: Beyond the expected questions about her views on religion, abortion and health care, Republicans worry about Democrats painting Barrett as someone who is insensitive and unfair to “the little guy,” one source involved in the talks told Axios.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. ET: 32,938,616 — Total deaths: 995,465 — Total recoveries: 22,782,724Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. ET: 7,101,774 — Total deaths: 204,618 — Total recoveries: 2,750,459 — Total tests: 100,492,536Map.
  3. States: 3 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week — New York daily cases top 1,000 for first time since June.
  4. Health: The long-term pain of the mental health pandemicFewer than 10% of Americans have coronavirus antibodies.
  5. Business: Millions start new businesses in time of coronavirus.
  6. Education: Summer college enrollment offers a glimpse of COVID-19's effect.

Debate commission co-chair: We don't expect moderators to fact-check candidates

Presidential Debate Commission co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf Jr. said Sunday he doesn't expect Fox News anchor Chris Wallace or any of the other moderators to fact-check President Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden at the debates.

What he's saying: "There's a vast difference between being a moderator in a debate and being a reporter who is interviewing someone," Fahrenkopf said on CNN's "Reliable Sources."