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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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Sure, Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court would represent a generational shift to the right. But let’s fight over whether Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and other Judiciary Committee Dems — in theatrically inviting punishment for releasing previously withheld Kavanaugh docs — knew at the time that those documents had already been cleared by Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to be made public.

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It wasn’t entirely clear exactly what Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was trying to accomplish — given that Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hinges on the support of two GOP senators who support abortion rights — but in his round of questioning Wednesday, Graham made an extended case for why some believe Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide, is bad law.

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, in questioning by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), attempted to explain an email published by the New York Times Thursday morning, in which Kavanaugh, during his time in the George W. Bush White House, sought to remove from an op-ed draft a claim that legal scholars views Roe v. Wade as the “settled law of the land.”

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) teased the hell out of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room Wednesday evening as she pressed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on whether he discussed the special counsel’s probe with anyone at the law firm of President Trump’s personal lawyer. She refused to elaborate when Kavanaugh asked her to clarify who worked there or whom she had in mind.

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As we neared the 11th hour of Wednesday’s confirmation hearings, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) jumped right into a line of questioning about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s views on the use of race in government policy, such as in affirmative action. Kavanaugh did his best not to answer him.

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