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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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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced his support of Judge Brett Kavanaugh ahead of a Judiciary Committee meeting to vote on his Supreme Court confirmation Friday. Flake was one of a handful closely watched undecided votes on Thursday night, after a hearing where Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, testified on sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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There are a few trends that have emerged in the rounds of questioning by Democrats, during the hearing for Christine Blasey Ford, who’s accused Brett Kavanaugh of groping her when they were both teenagers.

Throughout the hearing, Democrats asked Blasey Ford questions that gave her the opportunity to assert that she clearly remembers the assault and her attacker, as well as the time to explain how the incident impacted her and why she eventually came forward about the alleged assault.

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The format Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has put forward for Christine Blasey Ford to testify about her allegations that Brett Kavanaugh groped her has created a jarring contrast between the Democrats’ and Republicans’ approach to the hearing — even more jarring than the typical hearing in which one side is fawning over the witness and the other is grilling him or her.

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