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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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A very amped-up Jay Sekulow ended his argument against Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) latest amendment with a diatribe against what Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) had said about “lawyer lawsuits.” His repeated comments about “lawyer lawsuits” appeared to prompt confusion on the House managers table in the well of the chamber, where the House members are joined by lawyers who have been working on the House inquiry.

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With the Martin Luther King Day long weekend behind them, the Senate has entered a several day stretch of impeachment trial procedures that will require them to sit in silence in the chamber for six or more hours a day. Tuesday, the first full day of the trial, has focused on arguments about a resolution Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)  has proposed for the opening stages of the proceedings.

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The Supreme Court denied Tuesday a request that it fast-track a review of a Texas lawsuit seeking to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The rejection the request, made by the legal defenders of the law, means that Obamacare’s fate won’t be decided before the 2020 election, taking political pressure off of President Trump and Republicans.

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Florida Supreme Court Curbs Voting Rights Of Ex-Felons: The Florida Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion backing an effort by Florida Republicans to require ex-felons to pay off court fines before regaining the right to vote. The opinion comes after lawmakers passed a bill undermining a felon re-enfranchisement constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2018. The opinion however did not say that ex-felons should be required to pay off administrative fines not associated with their sentences, as Republicans have argued. GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis praised the opinion, which said, “voting is a privilege that should not be taken lightly.”

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