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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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By a party-line 52-45 vote, the Senate on Thursday confirmed Jeffrey Rosen to be deputy attorney general. He will replace Rod Rosenstein, the longtime Department of Justice official who became target of both Republicans’ and Democrats’ ire for his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. Rosenstein left the Department last week, departing on his own terms after months during which it seemed to appear President Trump could oust him at any moment.

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The blue wave of 2018 featured historic midterm turnout, while voters in some states, like Michigan and Florida, approved ballot initiatives that would further expand access to the ballot box. But those gains in voter participation have reinvigorated GOP efforts to make it harder to vote. Voting rights advocates are already tracking new obstacles — legislative or otherwise — that Republicans are putting between voters and the ballot box ahead of the 2020 election.

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