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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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The Supreme Court’s decision to block President Obama’s climate change plan sent shockwaves through the legal community, environmental activists and even the industries that oppose these environmental regulations.

The order was surprising not just because it was a rebuke to a major priority of Obama’s administration. It also was at odds the Supreme Court’s usual practice in choosing when to halt a major regulation from moving forward. All four liberal justices expressed their disagreement with injunction.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) thanked his supporters for helping him take on "the most powerful political organization in the United States of America" in his victory speech Tuesday after defeating Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary.

"What began last week in Iowa and voters here in New Hampshire confirmed tonight is nothing short of the beginning of a political revolution," Sanders declared.

"Together we have sent the message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington, Maine to California, and that is that the government of our great country to belongs to all of the people and not just a handful of wealth campaign contributors and their super PACS," Sanders said, noting he started his campaign in New Hampshire nine months with no money and no organization.

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Moments after the New Hampshire Democratic primary was called for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) by the major networks, Hillary Clinton's campaign blasted out a three-page memo penned by campaign manager Robby Mook stressing the importance of the primaries that come after the first four in February.

"The reason is simple: while important, the first four states represent just 4% of the delegates needed to secure the nomination; the 28 states that vote (or caucus) in March will award 56% of the delegates needed to win," the memo said.

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Researchers at UC-San Diego are working on a study on how voter ID laws affect turnout rates, and a working paper they released detailing the results thus far seems to confirm what the laws’ critics have often said.

Voter ID laws adversely affected the turnout of minorities, and particularly that of Latinos, the paper found. The study also revealed that turnout among Democrats was disproportionately affected, backing up claims of a political motivation behind the laws, which have been overwhelmingly championed by GOP legislators.

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Virginia's State Board of Elections is asking the court weighing a voting rights case being brought in the state to exclude any evidence of the state's history of racial discrimination.

The board filed a motion Monday to "exclude expert testimony and other evidence of Virginia’s history of racial discrimination," particularly anything that happened before 1965, when the federal Voting Rights Act was passed.

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Supporters of the Oregon occupier who was shot and killed in a confrontation with police can bid on a limited edition "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Lego figure in an Ebay auction where the proceeds are said to go to his family, Fox13 in Salt Lake City reported.

According to the product's description on its Ebay page, the 15 Legos that were custom-made to resemble LaVoy Finicum -- the Arizona rancher who emerged as a leader of the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Center-- are being auctioned off by his niece Jessica every 10 days or so. The proceeds will go to Finicum's wife Jeanette, the description says. At press time the bid in the current auction is up to $155.50.

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More than a month since a group of anti-government extremists took over a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon and nearly nearly two weeks since the authorities arrested most of the group's leaders in a dramatic confrontation that left one of the occupier's dead, the standoff drags on with no end in sight.

Hopes that arrests of the ringleaders would lead to a quick and peaceful resolution to the ongoing takeover have diminished as the holdouts still at the refuge dig in and the occupier who was killed, LaVoy Finicum, has been elevated as a martyr in extremist circles. The remaining diehards at the Malheur National Wildlife Center have re-dubbed it "Camp Finicum."

National attention on the standoff has waned since Finicum's death, but things have continued to get weirder. Franklin Graham, the minister, has gotten involved at some level to try to bring an end to the standoff. Ammon Bundy, the main leader who is now jailed in Portland, reportedly in solitary confinement, has been making regular statements to the public via recorded messages released by his lawyers, and police have tightened the cordon around the refuge even as the handful of militants holed up inside ​have sounded the call for their supporters on the outside to "stand up" in their defense.

Here's what has happened since Ammon Bundy and brigade were arrested last month:

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Ben Carson compared Ted Cruz's mea culpa for spreading rumors about his campaign to the "attitude" Hillary Clinton expressed after the Benghazi attacks, Buzzfeed reported.

Carson was asked by Todd Starnes on a podcast posted Thursday night about whether Cruz "handled himself as a Christian" in response to reports that the Cruz campaign circulated rumors among supporters the night of the Iowa caucus that Carson was suspending his campaign.

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