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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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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) -- a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which typically hosts hearings on Supreme Court nominees -- said Thursday that it's "going to be the new rule" that the Senate blocks any nominee that would fill a Supreme Court vacancy that opened within a year before a presidential election.

"We are setting a precedent today. That in the last year of a lame-duck eight-year term that you cannot fill a vacancy in the Supreme Court," Graham said at a Judiciary Committee meeting Thursday. "Based on what we're doing here today. That's going to be the new rule."

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In his opening statement for a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Committee Chair accused Democrats of trying "to score as many political points as possible" by demanding President Obama's Supreme Court nominee be considered by the Senate.

He pointed yet again to a speech made by then-Judiciary Committee Chair Joe Biden in 1992 discouraging nominees be considered months before election. Democrats, including Biden, insist the speech is being taken out of context by Republicans and note that the Senate has not refused to take up any previous nominee.

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Bernie Sanders’ upset victory in Michigan was a major shock for Hillary Clinton supporters for many reasons -- not the least of which was the prior polling that showed her beating Sander by 20-plus percentage points.

But the perils of public primary polling aside, Sanders’ Michigan win suggests it’s too soon to write the Democratic socialist and his message of political revolution off. Next Tuesday’s Ohio primary will be the next major test for him to prove he has broadened his appeal and there, his attacks on her stance on trade deals may prove equally effective as they were in Michigan.

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The moderators of Univision's Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday pressed Bernie Sanders to explain comments he made praising Cuba's communist government when he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont.

"In 1961 they invaded Cuba. Everyone was totally convinced Castro was the worst guy in the world. They forgot that he educated their kids, gave them health care and totally transformed their society," Sanders said in an 1985 video unearthed by Buzzfeed News last year.

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In an extended exchange during Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate about the financial industry's influence in Washington, Bernie Sanders brought out that the head of Goldman Sachs had called the Vermont senator "dangerous."

"He's right. I am dangerous for Wall Street," Sanders said.

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Hillary Clinton on Wednesday night brushed off the question of whether she would drop out of the presidential race if she were indicted in connection with the ongoing investigation into her private email server as she was pressed repeatedly by Univision debate moderator Jorge Ramos.

"Oh, for goodness -- that's not going to happen. I'm not even answering that question," she replied sharply at one point.

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The full Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has decided to hear a challenge to Texas' voter ID law, after a three-judge panel of the appeals court ruled that the law violated the Voting Rights Act.

The state of Texas had appealed the earlier decision to be reviewed "en banc"—meaning by the entire 15-judge court—in August, and the Fifth Circuit announced that it accepted it in an order released Wednesday.

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Ted Cruz is projected to win the Idaho primary. The networks called his victory at a little after midnight ET.

Cruz visited the state earlier in this week, and the shooting of a Idaho pastor who delivered a prayer at Cruz campaign rally there made national headlines. (The pastor is recovering and the suspect was arrested outside the White House Tuesday evening.)

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Bernie Sanders is projected to defeat Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s Michigan primary in an upset victory in the state where both candidates invested in major campaign efforts. Sanders supporters hoped that his message focused in on trade deals and economic inequality would resonate in the industrial state.

Sanders’ win was called at around 11:30 by the Associated Press and NBC News. For two-and-a-half hours after the final polls closed in Michigan, the networks considered the neck-and-neck race too close to call. Sanders’ strong showing was a major shock in the state where Clinton had been polling more than 20 percentage points ahead of Sanders, according TPM’s PollTracker Average

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