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Gerrymandering activists outside the U.S. Supreme Court Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

A federal court in North Carolina concluded on Tuesday the November midterm elections will be held using the current gerrymandered congressional map that has been deemed to unfairly favor Republican candidates.

Why it matters: The court said there is "insufficient time" to approve a plan by the election. A redrawing of the map before the midterms would have had significant implications on the balance of power in the House. Republicans used the map, which has been condemned by federal judges for violating the constitution, to capture 10 of the state’s 13 congressional districts in 2016 despite winning just 53% of the statewide popular vote.

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Biden holds first phone call with Putin, raises Navalny arrest

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President Biden on Tuesday held his first call since taking office with Vladimir Putin, pressing the Russian president on the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the Russia-linked hack on U.S. government agencies.

The state of play: Biden also raised arms control, bounties allegedly placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine, according to a White House readout. The statement said Biden and Putin agreed maintain "consistent communication," and that Biden stressed the U.S. would "act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to actions by Russia that harm us or our allies."

Biden signs racial equity executive orders

Joe Biden prays at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on September 3, 2020, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. PHOTO: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed executive orders on housing and ending the Justice Department's use of private prisons as part of what the White House is calling his “racial equity agenda.”

The big picture: Biden needs the support of Congress to push through police reform or new voting rights legislation. The executive orders serve as his down payment to immediately address systemic racism while he focuses on the pandemic.