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Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who ran for president in 2012 and is considered one of the more moderate voices in the Republican Party, called upon Donald Trump foes to back off of their crusade to stop Trump from becoming the GOP nominee.

“We've had enough intraparty fighting. Now's the time to stitch together a winning coalition,” Huntsman told Politico. “And it's been clear almost from the beginning that Donald Trump has the ability to assemble a nontraditional bloc of supporters. … The ability to cut across traditional party boundaries — like '80, '92 and 2008 — will be key, and Trump is much better positioned to achieve that.”

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If you're a SnapChat user attending the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday, there will be a filter for you to broadcast your feelings about Supreme Court's current vacancy, in addition to the app's usual puppy face-selfies and rainbow vomit.

The Constitutional Responsibility Project -- an advocacy group calling for Senate Republicans to drop their blockade on President Obama's nominee Merrick Garland -- purchased a geotagged Snapchat filter that will available Saturday to users around the Washington Hilton, where the dinner that brings together reporters, politicians, and celebrities is being held.

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The Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have a message for their Republican counterparts, who are leading the blockade on President Obama's Supreme Court nominee: If you care so much about giving America a voice, give us a hearing on voting rights!

The nine Democrats on the committee sent a letter Friday to its Republicans leaders -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the chair of the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), chair of its subcommittee on the Constitution -- demanding a hearing on voting rights, which the committee has not hosted since the GOP took over the Senate. They pointed to the 2013 Supreme Court decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act and the electoral and legal chaos that has ensued since. But they also used the letter to call out the same Republicans for refusing to grant Obama's nominee Merrick Garland a hearing.

"It is ironic that Senate Republicans would claim to give the American people a voice, but at the same time allow sweeping voting restrictions to be enacted that would silence many of these Americans - a disproportionate number of whom are minorities," the letter said.

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The Supreme Court denied a request Friday to halt Texas’ voter ID law while a lower court hears a case challenging it but, in a silver lining for the law’s opponents, signaled it would reconsider if the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tried to slow roll the case.

The 2011 law, which Texas was only able to implement after the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, has been shot down by a district court and a three-judge panel in the 5th Circuit. The state appealed the case to the full 5th Circuit, which agreed last month to hear it “en banc,” meaning by all 15 judges on the circuit court.

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With enormous pressure on Ted Cruz to win the Indiana primary, the Texas senator nabbed the support of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), who said he would be voting for Cruz in next week's primary while adding, "I like and respect all three of the Republican candidates."

In an appearance Friday on Greg Garrison's radio show in Indiana, Pence praised Cruz for his willingness to "stand up for taxpayers," for his "devotion and knowledge" of the Constitution, and for his anti-abortion record. However, his statement of support for Cruz was not the rebuke of Donald Trump that #NeverTrump-ers were likely hoping for.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who previously served as a the first female speaker of the House, laughed off comments made by Donald Trump earlier this week that Hillary Clinton was playing a "woman card."

"I don't know what card he’s playing, what, the joker card?" Pelosi said at her press conference Friday, when asked to weigh in on Trump's remarks. "That doesn't even count in a deck of cards."

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As Ted Cruz's vice presidential pick, Carly Fiorina embraced the role of attack dog and criticized remarks made by John Boehner earlier this week in which former speaker called the Texas senator "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a bitch."

"Well, it is despicable. It's beyond the pale," Fiorinia said, when asked by Hugh Hewitt about the comments on his radio show Friday.

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) acknowledged a flaw in his unyielding stance that the next president should fill the ninth seat on the Supreme Court, saying Thursday on a radio show that it was a "gamble" to wait and see what kind of justice a President Donald Trump would nominate, as reported by the Huffington Post.

Asked on Iowa's “In Depth” whether the current GOP blockade was risky since President Obama's pick Merrick Garland was more moderate than the type of judge Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders would likely appoint, Grassley reiterated the Republican line that the hardline position is about letting the voters have a voice.

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