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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U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis signaled he wants to move forward with sentencing Paul Manafort for the eight counts he was convicted of in Virginia this summer, and wants prosecutors to decide whether to retry him on the remaining deadlocked counts, despite Manafort’s plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller putting off such moves pending Manafort’s cooperation.

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Update: An appeals court on Tuesday filed an order allowing the deposition of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to proceed, but put the order on hold for 48 hours so that it could be appealed to the Supreme Court.

The high-stakes court battle to depose Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross about his decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census may come to a head this week, with Ross slated to sit for the deposition on Thursday.

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We’ll likely find out soon whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and DOJ official John Gore — Trump’s pick to lead the Civil Rights Division — will be deposed this week as part of New York’s challenge to the census citizenship question. The parties challenging Ross’ addition of the question to the 2020 survey argue that Ross and Gore need to fill in key gaps on why the administration sought to add the question, and whether the ostensible reason that the citizenship data was needed for DOJ Voting Rights Act enforcement was merely pretense.

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