Jun 25, 2018

Supreme Court declines North Carolina gerrymandering case

Demonstrators outside the Supreme Court as it prepares to hear a redistricting case. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a partisan gerrymandering challenge over North Carolina's congressional map, which a lower court said earlier this year was drawn by the GOP-controlled state legislature with " invidious partisan intent” and perfectly achieved its "partisan objectives."

The details: This comes exactly a week after the high court sidestepped a partisan case in Wisconsin, saying that voters who sued over the state’s GOP-drawn legislative districts lacked legal standing because they failed to prove their voting power had been directly injured. The justices ordered the lower court in North Carolina to examine the same issue with this case.

The backdrop: The court's decision is a blow to North Carolina Democrats and voting rights advocates, who believe this case offers clear evidence of direct injury to voting power.

  • Meanwhile, it handed Republicans, who wanted the case vacated, another victory. When the lower court struck down the congressional map and ordered the redrawing of a new one ahead of this year’s midterms, the Supreme Court temporarily blocked the order while an appeal is prepared and considered.
  • Advocates were seeking to invalidate the map that gave Republicans 10 of the 13 U.S. House seats in 2016 with just 53% of the statewide popular vote.

Go deeper: Punts on partisan gerrymandering turn attention to N.C.

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Clyburn: Sanders' "socialist" label will be "extra burden" in House races

Clyburn with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that Sen. Bernie Sanders' identification as a democratic socialist may be an "extra burden" in down-ballot House races if he were to win the Democratic nomination.

Why it matters: Clyburn's comments echo fears from many establishment Democrats, who worry the House majority they won in 2018 by taking moderate seats carried by President Trump could be at risk with Sanders at the top of the ticket.

O'Brien rejects intelligence report of Russia effort to re-elect Trump

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien. Photo: Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien repeatedly rejected on ABC's "This Week" an assessment from a congressional briefing led by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election to help President Trump get re-elected.

Why it matters: The report put the Trump administration under fresh scrutiny in regard to steps it has been taking to combat the kind of interference that the U.S. encountered in 2016.

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Italy becomes site of largest coronavirus outbreak outside of Asia

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus has spread to more nations as South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures in their countries amid rising case numbers on Sunday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed at least 2,462 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China. South Korea increased the infectious disease alert to red, the highest possible, as its case numbers jumped to 602 and the death toll to five. Italy's government announced emergency measures as it confirmed a spike from three to 132 cases in matter of days, making it the largest outbreak outside of Asia.

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