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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The challengers in a Supreme Court case that sought -- and failed -- to cripple public unions are asking the high court to rehear the case once it has a ninth justice, after the court's 4-4 tie in March meant a lower court ruling against them would stand.

The lawyers representing teachers and the religious teachers' organization in Friedrichs v. California Teacher’s Association filed the long-shot petition Friday.

"The current vacancy will inevitably be filled, and once it is, the tie will be broken. It makes sense to hold the case for resolution until the Court is capable of resolving it," the petition said.

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Republicans in Nebraska are on the cusp of removing a quirk in how the state awards its Electoral College votes that has made the state at least somewhat competitive for Democratic presidential candidates.

A bill to make the Cornhusker state winner-take-all in the general election -- bringing it back in line with all but one other state -- is awaiting its final procedural step ahead of passage in the unicameral legislature. What stands between it and the Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts' desk is a filibuster by the rabble-rousing state Sen. Ernie Chambers, an independent who made national headlines last year for his effort to repeal Nebraska's death penalty.

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A former top staffer for a Republican legislator in Wisconsin suggested this week that GOP legislators were motivated to pass the state’s tough photo voter ID law because they believed it would help them at the ballot box, an account he expanded on in a Wednesday interview with TPM.

Todd Allbaugh, who served as chief of staff for state Sen. Dale Schultz (R) until the legislator retired in 2015, first made the claims in a Tuesday Facebook post that caught the attention of national voting rights experts.

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Voting rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging what they described as a massive voter purge in Ohio. The lawsuit accuses the state of violating the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 -- also known as the "Motor Voter" law -- by taking tens of thousand of voters off the registration rolls because they did not participate in past elections.

"As a result of these violations, numerous Ohioans have been disenfranchised in recent elections, and many more face the threat of disenfranchisement in the 2016 Presidential Election and future elections," the complaint said.

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who as chair of the Judiciary Committee is on the front lines of Republicans' battle to block President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, accused conservative Chief Justice John Roberts of being "part of the problem" when it comes to the politicization of the Supreme Court.

In remarks he made from the Senate floor Tuesday, Grassley referenced comments Roberts made at a forum days before Scalia died. At the forum, Roberts presciently decried the "sharply political, divisive hearing process" involved in Supreme Court confirmations which he said led the American public to wrongly believe that justices were either Democrats or Republicans.

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Days after George Mason University announced it was renaming its law school to honor the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the university is apparently tweaking the new name to avoid an unfortunate abbreviation, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The school was initially christened "The Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University," leading to some mockery on Twitter because the name lent itself to the hashtag #ASSLaw. Marketing materials for the new school as well as its website now call it "The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University," the Journal noted, though its official name remains "The Antonin Scalia School of Law."

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In brief remarks to the press Tuesday discussing new Treasury Department regulations, President Obama also commented on Donald Trump's recently-released plan to make Mexico pay for a U.S. border wall, and he argued that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) supported "draconian" proposals, too.

Obama was asked whether Trump's proposals -- including his latest, to use the remittances Mexicans immigrants in the United States send back to Mexico as leverage to fund a border wall -- were doing damage to the U.S. image abroad.

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President Obama will deliver a statement about the economy at the top of the White House's daily press briefing Tuesday, the White House announced. His remarks come after the Treasury Department announced Monday a new set of regulations targeting what's known as "tax inversions" -- meaning when a company moves abroad from the U.S. for lower taxes.

His remarks are scheduled for 12:15 p.m. EST.