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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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Senate Democrats accused their Republican counterparts of hiding from the public, rather than explaining why they won’t even consider President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. The allegations flew after an unrelated public meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee -- the committee that would typical host Supreme Court nomination hearings -- scheduled for Thursday was abruptly canceled.

“This would have been the first opportunity for all members of this committee to debate in public the Republican chairman's unilateral decision to issue a blanket hold on an unnamed Supreme Court nominee,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), a committee member, said on the Senate floor Thursday. “They're afraid to discuss the issue. They cannot in public debate win the argument that we shouldn't be doing our job.”

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As the debate over whether President Barack Obama should be allowed to nominate someone for the Supreme Court grows ever more rancorous in the halls of Congress, it is no doubt echoing across the street in the quieter quarters of the Supreme Court. There, the people arguably most affected by the vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia -- the eight justices still on the bench -- can hide away from the public eye and avoid weighing in on whether lawmakers should consider Obama’s nominee to replace him.

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Oral arguments in a major abortion case at the Supreme Court Wednesday gave few clues as to how the key swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy, felt about the case. The absence of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last month, was felt as only two justices in the court’s conservative bloc offered a vocal defense of the law, while the court’s liberals were able to pursue the sharpest lines of questioning.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrated a victorious Super Tuesday in an address to her supporters at a rally in Miami, after primary wins in states across the South.

“All across our country today, Democrats voted to break down barriers so we can all rise together,” Clinton said.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is projected to defeat Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) handily in Georgia’s primary Tuesday, a state where the Democratic Party's African-American voters were expected to play a big role. The race was called by the networks at 7 p.m. EST.

Her victory there comes days after Clinton won in neighboring South Carolina and kicked off a night where Clinton is expected to do well in a number of Southern states.

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Donald Trump is projected to score a victory in Georgia Tuesday. The win comes in a state where evangelicals make up a big part of the Republican electorate and adds to Trump's momentum in the South. The networks called his victory at 7 p.m. EST, after the polls closed.

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During a Tuesday meeting at the White House with President Obama, GOP Senate leaders remained unbowed in refusing to consider his nominee to the Supreme Court, according to top Democrats present.

"They were adamant. They said no, we are not going to do this at all. We are going to do what has never been done before," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told reporters at a stakeout after Tuesday's meeting, according to the White House pool report. "All we want them to do is fulfill their constitutional duty and do their job. At this phase they have decided not to do that."

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