A panel of three federal judges in Washington, D.C., threw out the congressional redistricting map passed by Texas' Republican-dominated legislature after the 2010 Census. The judges ruled that the new districts undercut the Latino population mainly responsible for the state's population growth — and new congressional districts — and removed the "economic guts" of districts currently held by black lawmakers. "The only explanation Texas offers for this pattern is 'coincidence,'" said U.S. Circuit Judge Thomas Griffith. "If this was coincidence, it was a striking one indeed." Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said the state would appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. This year's elections probably won't be affected by the ruling.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The mystery behind China's aggressive push into space
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- The best places to find love — and lust — according to science
- Here's the schedule very successful people follow every day
- Boyhood's refreshingly unsentimental take on motherhood
- Sex can't explain the culture war
- Why GOP reformers are bound to fail
- How a drafting error could doom Obama's carbon regulations
- The 6 best low-cost smartphones
- The 5 best and worst states for a well-lived life
Subscribe to the Week