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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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Days after George Mason University announced it was renaming its law school to honor the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the university is apparently tweaking the new name to avoid an unfortunate abbreviation, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The school was initially christened "The Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University," leading to some mockery on Twitter because the name lent itself to the hashtag #ASSLaw. Marketing materials for the new school as well as its website now call it "The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University," the Journal noted, though its official name remains "The Antonin Scalia School of Law."

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In brief remarks to the press Tuesday discussing new Treasury Department regulations, President Obama also commented on Donald Trump's recently-released plan to make Mexico pay for a U.S. border wall, and he argued that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) supported "draconian" proposals, too.

Obama was asked whether Trump's proposals -- including his latest, to use the remittances Mexicans immigrants in the United States send back to Mexico as leverage to fund a border wall -- were doing damage to the U.S. image abroad.

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President Obama will deliver a statement about the economy at the top of the White House's daily press briefing Tuesday, the White House announced. His remarks come after the Treasury Department announced Monday a new set of regulations targeting what's known as "tax inversions" -- meaning when a company moves abroad from the U.S. for lower taxes.

His remarks are scheduled for 12:15 p.m. EST.

With its unanimous decision in Evenwel v. Abbott, the Supreme Court sent a strong message that it was not interested in upending a decades-old interpretation of the foundational principle: one person, one vote. The question is, will the conservative forces who pushed the case listen?

Voting rights advocates saw the decision as a slam-dunk victory that rejected a challenge they contended was a long-shot to begin with. However, the conservative legal activist who brought the lawsuit is claiming he has found a silver lining and is hinting at a coming crusade to take another swing at one person, one vote. While two of the justices seemed at least open to taking another look at “one person, one vote” if another lawsuit showed up at their doorstep, bringing it there would be an uphill challenge.

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The Department of Justice is investigating the decision by election officials in Maricopa County, Arizona, to reduce the number of polling places by about two-thirds ahead of a presidential primary that was wrought with turmoil.

Elizabeth Bartholomew, a spokesperson for Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell, the county's top election official, confirmed to TPM Monday that the local elections agency had received a letter from the feds Friday requesting the data the county used when it decided to set up only 60 vote centers. That the office had received the letter was first reported by the Huffington Post.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton had sent a letter to the Department of Justice requesting an investigation in which he argued that minority communities were disproportionately affected by the distribution of the vote centers.

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The Supreme Court unanimously ruled against challengers seeking to change the long-held interpretation of the principle of one person, one vote. Siding with a lower court, the 8-member high court held that total population could be used to draw electoral districts.

The decision for the case, Evenwel v. Abbott, was written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas each filed concurring opinions.

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After a history of petty spats, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) and his state legislators appeared to have mended fences and are maintaining a functioning relationship.

April Fools!

This week's show of political immaturity featured the tea party governor blowing off the swearing-in ceremony of a senator-elect—and her family members who traveled to Augusta for the event—because he was angry that Democratic lawmakers had blocked one of his nominees to an executive position.

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A Time magazine report suggested Thursday that the 50 delegates Donald Trump won in South Carolina's winner-take-all primary could be at risk over comments he has made about breaking his pledge to support the eventual GOP nominee.

The story cites a comment from Matt Moore, the chair of the South Carolina Republican Party, who said a broken pledge "could put delegates in jeopardy.” However, Moore clarified after the story was published that there was no effort currently underway to take Trump's delegates away from him.

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