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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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Marco Rubio attacked Donald Trump on a report that he hired foreign workers over Americans at Thursday's CNN debate, prompting Trump to bark back, "You've hired nobody."

With the candidates picking apart each other's stances on immigration, Rubio pivoted from a question about his involvement in the failed 2013 immigration overhaul bill to criticize Trump's hiring record as a businessman.

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer played down the effect the absence of a ninth justice will have the court's decisions in a discussion at the Newseum in Washington Thursday. The Supreme Court resumed its work this week after the weekend funeral for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

"We'll miss him, but we'll do our work," Breyer told NBC News's Pete Williams, who was moderating the discussion, according to NBC News. "The cases come along."

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Not enough lawyers in the legislature?

This will fix that!

A Missouri state representative has introduced a bill would automatically make members of the general assembly lawyers -- without law school, bar exams or any of the other training and credentialing that is usually required of attorneys -- after they have been in office for two years. The bill would also make those members eligible to serve as Missouri associate or circuit court judges.

The Missouri Constitution currently requires that circuit judges be lawyers licensed to practice in the state.

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Florida legislators approved of a measure to remove a statue of a Floridian Confederate general from the U.S. Capitol, the Miami New Times reported. The Florida House passed the measure 83 to 32 Wednesday, after the state Senate passed it in a 33-to-7 vote last month.

The measure heads to Republican Gov. Rick Scott's desk for his signature, but had been passed with veto-proof majorities in both chambers, the New Times said.

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A federal judge declined Tuesday a request by voting rights groups to block temporarily a new voting restriction in three states. The groups are suing a federal official over his unilateral move to approve a proof-of-citizenship requirement to register to vote in Kansas, Georgia and Alabama.

In his order refusing to issue a temporary restraining order on the measure, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington suggested that he was skeptical the challengers would succeed when a full case was heard on the merits. The order comes after the Department of Justice had signaled it was siding with the voting rights groups, at least when it came to temporarily blocking the requirement.

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As Senate Republicans harden their line on not considering the Supreme Court nominee President Obama puts forward, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested that even a nominee put forward by the next president to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's spot might still face obstacles in getting confirmed.

Asked by a reporter at a press conference at the Capitol Tuesday whether he would commit to an up-or-down vote for the next president's nominee, McConnell said, "No." He added that he didn't mean that a nominee would not be considered "at all."

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Back in session for this first time since Justice Antonin Scalia died, Senate Republicans held firm to the line drawn GOP leaders immediately after his death, reiterating that there would be no consideration of a successor nominated by President Obama.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) -- a member of the Judiciary Committee, which considers judicial nominees -- said that there we no plans to hold a hearing for any nominee put forth by President Obama.

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Republicans keep calling their refusal to even consider President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court in an election year a “tradition.” But it is really just the opposite.

The current situation is unprecedented, and not just by virtue of the level of the obstruction Senate Republicans are proposing. It is a happenstance of history but in the modern era, a Supreme Court seat has almost never come open in an election year while the Senate is controlled by the opposite party of the president.

(The one time it did happen, in 1956, President Eisenhower recess-nominated a Democrat, William Brennan.)

While the Senate has the raw power to simply refuse to consider a Supreme Court nominee, the chance to do so in the final year of an opposing president's term has simply not come up.

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In an unusual move Monday, the Department of Justice signaled it would be siding with the voting rights groups and against a federal official over whether proof of citizenship should be required to register to vote in three states.

The groups are suing Brian Newby, the recently appointed executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), over his decision to change the federal voting registration forms in Kansas, Georgia and Alabama to require proof of citizenship. The challengers say adding the requirement to the form violates the National Voter Registration Act and additionally that Newby failed to go through the typical protocols of making the change, which the commission opposed in the past.

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