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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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Update: This story has been update to include the response of Hillary Clinton's campaign. Reports that the Department of Homeland Security is planning a series of raids to deport hundreds of families who crossed the border during the recent migrant crisis have drawn the fire of the Democratic presidential candidates, including 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

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The Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments for a major case that could drastically affect abortion access in the United States. The court will hear Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole (formerly known as Whole Woman’s Health v. Lakey) on March 2 next year, according to the court's calendar posted on SCOTUSblog.

The case concerns a set of requirements imposed on abortion clinics in Texas by the state legislature in a law passed in 2013. Anti-abortion activists say the clinic requirements are necessary to protect women's health, while abortion rights supporters argue that, considering how safe the procedure is, they are merely a thinly-veiled effort to cut off access to abortion.

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U.S. authorities are planning raids to deport hundreds of families who crossed the border illegally during the last few years' Central American migrant crisis, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Anonymous sources familiar with the preparations told the Post that as soon as January, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents will begin targeting "family units" who did not secure asylum and have been ordered to leave the country since January 1, 2014.

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As 2015 comes to a close, the crazy keeps on coming. From a Nevada politician's gun-toting family Christmas card to a Chicago news channel wishing its Jewish viewers a Happy Yom Kippur with a Nazi emblem, this year featured no shortage of scandals, mishaps and conspiracy theories -- like GOP presidential candidate's Ben Carson's notion that the Egyptian pyramids were actually built by the biblical hero Joseph to store grain.

Here are the most-read stories at TPM in 2015:

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GOP 2016er Jeb Bush defended his decision as Florida governor to take down the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol by arguing the controversy around Confederate monuments "isn't the 19th century issue, it's the 20th century issue."

"The problem with the Confederate flag isn't the Confederacy, the problem with the Confederate flag is what it began to represent later," Bush said while on a campaign stop. "And that's what we have to avoid to heal those wounds."

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Nobody puts Rand Paul in a corner -- or at least, not in an undercard debate. The Kentucky senator suggested he will boycott next month's Fox Business Network debate unless he is upgraded to the main stage.

"I won’t participate in any kind of second-tier debate,” Paul said on Kilmeade and Friends -- as picked up by Buzzfeed -- when asked about the recently released criteria, which suggests that Paul will not qualify for the top-tier debate.

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More than 8.2 million consumers either signed up for new plans on the Obamacare federal marketplace or renewed their old plans in time for Jan. 1 coverage, according to an open enrollment report released Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services Monday.

Compared to the number of enrollees at this point last year, HealthCare.Gov sign-ups are up about 30 percent, HHS said, with 2.4 million new users on the federal marketplace.

The surge comes after HHS announced that it was extending the deadline for this open enrollment period from Dec. 15 to Dec. 17, having seen an unprecedented amount of traffic on its website and call centers.

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