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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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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11 a.m. ET: 18,579,615 — Total deaths: 701,544 — Total recoveries — 11,173,262Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 11 a.m. ET: 4,773,775 — Total deaths: 156,8874 — Total recoveries: 1,528,979 — Total tests: 58,239,438Map.
  3. Public health: Moderna skirts disclosures of coronavirus vaccine costs — There’s not much good news about kids and coronavirus.
  4. Business: Auto sales may have turned a corner.
  5. Sports: The return of high school sports hangs in the balance — UConn becomes first FBS team to cancel its football season.
  6. Education: Chicago Public Schools to begin school year with fully remote classes.

Why the employee retention credit is an overlooked stimulus issue

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D.C. remains deadlocked on the next stimulus package, days after extended unemployment benefits ended and days before PPP is set to expire.

Where it stands: One unresolved issue that hasn't gotten enough attention is a proposed expansion of the employee retention credit, which could have a significant impact for companies that have experienced severe revenue declines.

New York Times digital revenue surpasses print revenue for first time

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For the first time in its nearly 170-year history, the New York Times made more money from digital products than it did from its print newspaper during a three-month quarterly earnings period, the Times announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: It's a huge milestone for The Gray Lady, which six years ago published a digital "Innovation Report" that detailed the paper's shortcomings in adjusting its business to embrace the digital world.