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Data: Brookings Institution, Center of American Women and Politics; Note: As of Nov. 8 at 9:55 am ET; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

We've told you before that 2018 is the year of the Democratic woman, and this chart shows the result for the next Congress: The influx of women, mostly Democrats, will give an ever so slight boost to the number of women serving on Capitol Hill.

  • 117 women were elected in the Nov. 6 midterms, including 96 to the House and 12 to the Senate. In addition, 9 women were elected governor.

Why it matters: Even with a record number of women who ran and won this cycle, we're still not even close to reaching gender parity in Congress. And the Republican Party will actually have fewer women in the House than they do now. Eight GOP congresswomen are not returning — two retired, three ran for higher office and three lost their re-election bids.

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Supreme Court blocks Alabama curbside voting measure

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday evening blocked a lower court order that would have allowed voters to cast ballots curbside at Alabama polling places on Election Day.

Whit it matters: With less than two weeks until Election Day, the justices voted 5-3 to reinstate the curbside voting ban and overturn a lower court judge's ruling designed to protect people with disabilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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  2. Economy: Why the stimulus delay isn't a crisis (yet).
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  4. Education: Schools haven't become hotspots — San Francisco public schools likely won't reopen before the end of the year.
  5. World: Spain becomes first nation in Western Europe to exceed 1 million cases.

U.S. officials: Iran and Russia aim to interfere in election

Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information that can be used to undermine confidence in the U.S. election system, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced at a press conference Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: The revelation comes roughly two weeks before Election Day. Ratcliffe said Iran has sent threatening emails to Democratic voters this week in states across the U.S. and spread videos claiming that people can vote more than once.