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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After three days of presentations by the House, followed by three days of presentations by the President’s legal team, the Senate impeachment trial is set to move to a more dynamic phase with a period of questions for each side, submitted by the senators.

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Major Ruling Knocks Down AZ’s Voting Restrictions:  The full court of appeals for the Ninth U.S. Circuit struck down certain voting restrictions in Arizona, ruling that that they were discriminatory towards American Indian, Hispanic, and African American citizens. Specifically the court said that Arizona’s practice of discarding ballots not cast at a voter’s assigned precinct had a discriminatory impact on those communities, violating the Voting Rights Act. The court also said that an Arizona law that banned collection of absentee ballots by third parties had a discriminatory intent, making it a violation of both the VRA and 15th Amendment, as well as a discriminatory impact.

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It was the end of four long days of impeachment proceedings, and for once, all the senators were still.

For the bulk of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s speech closing the House’s presentation of evidence, every seat was filled (except for that of Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), who was watching from a public balcony with a guest).

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Unlike most of his Senate colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not been taking many notes during the impeachment proceedings — I haven’t even seen a notebook in front of him during the chunks of time I have been in the chamber.

In fact, McConnell has been impressively statue-like throughout the bulk of the trial, aside from subtle looks of approval I saw him cast during arguments made by Trump’s attorneys during Tuesday’s procedures debate.

That changed briefly on Friday afternoon, when he and an aide appeared to exchange a series of notes as Rep. Adam Schiff was presenting the House’s case on the national security implications of President Trump’s pressure on Ukraine.

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