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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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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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The two sides arguing a blockbuster Supreme Court abortion case will walk into the courtroom Wednesday knowing that the debate will have the potential to shape a woman’s access to the procedure for a generation or longer. But the death of Justice Antonin Scalia almost guarantees that conservatives will not be able to issue a majority opinion that would have given states nationwide the freedom to restrict abortion as they pleased -- as was the fear of abortion rights proponents when the court accepted the case.

In the case, Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, pro-choice forces are asking the court to strike down a Texas law mandating myriad restrictions that have a closed a large swath of its clinics can still score a victory by winning over Justice Anthony Kennedy to their side and stemming the tide of abortion restrictions passed in red states in recent years.

The lack of Scalia's ninth vote -- one that certainly would have favored the law’s defenders -- blunts the potential impact of even an outcome that would amount to a loss for abortion rights activists.

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The reasoning a Missouri lawmaker gave for introducing a bill that would permit legislators to practice law in the state was almost as confusing as the proposal itself. But the backstory of his true motives might be stranger still, if a hypothesis reported out by the Riverfront Times is right.

Riverfront Times' speculations about why Republican Rep. Robert Ross proposed the bill -- which was immediately mocked -- were inspired by a theory on a St. Louis reddit thread. His legislation would have allowed any legislator who served in the general assembly for two years to be qualified to practice law in Missouri and even eligible for serve as an associate or circuit court judge.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Monday he believed the GOP-controlled Senate should hold hearings on President Obama's eventual nominee to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

"As I've always said, I believe that's absolutely the right thing to do," Christie said at a press conference when asked if Senate Republicans should hold hearings on President Obama's nominee to replace the last Justice Antonin Scalia.

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The Supreme Court has only been in session without Justice Antonin Scalia for a week. But already, his death is affecting cases, and particularly decisions not to take certain cases to the Supreme Court without the guarantee of his vote.

Last week, Dow Chemical made headlines by opting for a $835 million settlement in a class action lawsuit rather than risk having the case heard by a Scalia-less Supreme Court. A lower court had already ruled against the company for allegedly conspiring to fix prices for industrial chemicals, and prior to the settlement, Dow had appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling.

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, for the first time in a decade, asked questions from the bench during oral arguments, according to reporters present at Monday's Supreme Court hearings. His questions pertained to the rights of domestic abuse offenders to have a gun, in a case considering a federal law banning convicted abusers from owning guns.

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Hillary Clinton is projected to score a big victory over Bernie Sanders in South Carolina Saturday, putting her on a two-state winning streak when she was able to capitalize on a diverse electorate.

Clinton’s appeal to black voters was key in the state. Six in 10 Democratic primary voters were African American, according to early exit polls, the Associated Press reported. Despite Sanders' efforts to make inroads in the African-American community, he was unable to truly tighten the race. Exit polls suggested that Clinton won eight in 10 of black voters, according to the AP. After her solid victory in the Latino-rich state of Nevada, Clinton’s success in South Carolina solidifies her argument that she has a support base that is more diverse than Sanders’ and thus a stronger candidate for the general election.

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Missouri state Rep. Robert Ross (R) has announced that he is withdrawing his bill that would have made legislators eligible to practice law in the state. In a statement announcing the withdrawal, Ross defended the legislation as something he introduced to make a point -- though that point wasn't entirely clear from the press release.

The bill, introduced earlier this week to much mockery, said anyone who served two years in the state assembly would qualify to "practice law as an attorney in the state of Missouri" and they would be deemed eligible to serve as Missouri associate or circuit court judges.

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