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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Oral arguments in a major abortion case at the Supreme Court Wednesday gave few clues as to how the key swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy, felt about the case. The absence of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last month, was felt as only two justices in the court’s conservative bloc offered a vocal defense of the law, while the court’s liberals were able to pursue the sharpest lines of questioning.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrated a victorious Super Tuesday in an address to her supporters at a rally in Miami, after primary wins in states across the South.

“All across our country today, Democrats voted to break down barriers so we can all rise together,” Clinton said.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is projected to defeat Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) handily in Georgia’s primary Tuesday, a state where the Democratic Party's African-American voters were expected to play a big role. The race was called by the networks at 7 p.m. EST.

Her victory there comes days after Clinton won in neighboring South Carolina and kicked off a night where Clinton is expected to do well in a number of Southern states.

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Donald Trump is projected to score a victory in Georgia Tuesday. The win comes in a state where evangelicals make up a big part of the Republican electorate and adds to Trump's momentum in the South. The networks called his victory at 7 p.m. EST, after the polls closed.

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During a Tuesday meeting at the White House with President Obama, GOP Senate leaders remained unbowed in refusing to consider his nominee to the Supreme Court, according to top Democrats present.

"They were adamant. They said no, we are not going to do this at all. We are going to do what has never been done before," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told reporters at a stakeout after Tuesday's meeting, according to the White House pool report. "All we want them to do is fulfill their constitutional duty and do their job. At this phase they have decided not to do that."

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The two sides arguing a blockbuster Supreme Court abortion case will walk into the courtroom Wednesday knowing that the debate will have the potential to shape a woman’s access to the procedure for a generation or longer. But the death of Justice Antonin Scalia almost guarantees that conservatives will not be able to issue a majority opinion that would have given states nationwide the freedom to restrict abortion as they pleased -- as was the fear of abortion rights proponents when the court accepted the case.

In the case, Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, pro-choice forces are asking the court to strike down a Texas law mandating myriad restrictions that have a closed a large swath of its clinics can still score a victory by winning over Justice Anthony Kennedy to their side and stemming the tide of abortion restrictions passed in red states in recent years.

The lack of Scalia's ninth vote -- one that certainly would have favored the law’s defenders -- blunts the potential impact of even an outcome that would amount to a loss for abortion rights activists.

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The reasoning a Missouri lawmaker gave for introducing a bill that would permit legislators to practice law in the state was almost as confusing as the proposal itself. But the backstory of his true motives might be stranger still, if a hypothesis reported out by the Riverfront Times is right.

Riverfront Times' speculations about why Republican Rep. Robert Ross proposed the bill -- which was immediately mocked -- were inspired by a theory on a St. Louis reddit thread. His legislation would have allowed any legislator who served in the general assembly for two years to be qualified to practice law in Missouri and even eligible for serve as an associate or circuit court judge.

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