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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Donald Trump does not to let one criticize his candidacy without responding, especially if it's the President of United States.

Trump took a shot at President Obama's "60 Minutes" interview Sunday, during which Obama called the GOP 2016 frontrunner "the classic reality TV character" and a "great publicity-seeker." On Twitter, Trump called the interview "terrible" and said that his appearance on the show last month was "much better."

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Since House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) dropped from the speaker race, Republicans have coalesced around the idea of Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan as their knight in shining armor, even as Ryan himself has expressed reluctance to enter the race.

However, while some of the hardliners who pushed back at McCarthy have expressed their support of Ryan, other conservatives are already begin to raise their concerns about Ryan's record. The question is not just whether Ryan would have the votes necessary to win the speakership on the House floor, but also his ability if elected to bring the hardliners in line and avoid shutdowns, debt defaults, and the array of looming government crises.

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Rep. Pete King (R-NY), a moderate in the Republican caucus, joined Democrats in urging House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to call a vote on lifting the debt ceiling while the House remains in flux over who will replace him.

Asked by a reporter Friday if Boehner is liberated to raise the debt ceiling now that he has announced his resignation, King said, "Yes, I would hope he does."

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As Republicans put the full court press on Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to run for House Speaker, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) expressed cautious optimism at the prospect.

"Paul is looking at it but, it's his decision. If he decides to do it he would be an amazing speaker," McCarthy, whose withdrawal from the speaker race has caused chaos on Capitol Hill, told reporters. "But he has got to decide on his own."

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With the House Republican caucus in disarray over whom to nominate as the next House speaker, former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) invoked George Washington in saying he would come to his country's aid in its hour of need.

"If you were to say to me 218 have called you up and given you their pledge, obviously no citizen could ever turn down that kind of challenge," Gingrich told conservative radio host Sean Hannity Thursday, as reported by the Washington Examiner. "This is why George Washington came out of retirement — because there are moments you can't avoid."

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While some are suggesting House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will be holding the gavel for the foreseeable future, Boehner reportedly called Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) Thursday after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthry (R-CA) announced he was dropping out of the speaker's race and asked Ryan to run.

Two unnamed sources confirmed to the Washington Post the conversation, which took place over two "long" phone calls. According to the Post's Robert Costa, Boehner told Ryan -- a budget wonk who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee -- he could influence policy from the leadership post while serving as a healer for the divided caucus.

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The revolt by conservatives to push out House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) may have the opposite effect, some Republicans are suggesting. With House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) shocking decision to drop out of the speaker's race -- due to resistance from the same group of conservative hardliners -- many are suggesting that Boehner will have no choice but to stick out the rest of the term, despite his desire to step down by Oct. 30.

"John Boehner has served the state of Ohio and the American people for a very long time, and I think he deserves the right to go out on his own terms, and so I don't know what that will mean," Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) said on Fox News. "But I do know John's heart and I'm confident he will do whatever is best for the American people and the institution until we do find a Speaker."

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In a stunning twist, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has dropped out of the race for House speaker, facing resistance from hardliners in the House Freedom Caucus. Apparently unable to muster enough support from House Republicans to be confident of a win on the House floor later this month -- where Democratic votes for speaker would likely go to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi -- McCarthy made the decision to withdraw his candidacy.

"If we are going to be united and be strong, we need a fresh face to do this," McCarthy said in a press conference after the news broke.

A vote among House Republicans to select their nominee for speaker had been expected early Thursday afternoon. McCarthy's withdrawal immediately threw the House into disarray. According to members, McCarthy felt he had the votes for Thursday's closed-door nomination, but was concerned he would not have the 218 votes when the nomination would be brought to a full House later this month.

McCarthy's decision to withdraw was especially shocking as, earlier in the morning, he had told the press going into the speaker forum that he felt confident he had the votes to be elected speaker.

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A spokeswoman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) confirmed to the Washington Post that Boehner will vote for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as his replacement, and will do so in both Thursday's closed-door GOP meeting and the full House vote Oct. 29.

While Boehner has publicly signaled his preference for McCarthy over the other two candidates -- Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) -- casting a floor vote is a rarity for House speakers, the Post notes, and typically reserved for close contests.

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Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL), the conservative lawmaker the House Freedom Caucus endorsed ahead of Thursday's GOP speaker nomination conference, told his colleagues at a closed door meeting Thursday morning that he would not commit his support to the eventual GOP nominee for speaker, Politico reported.

Anonymous sources in the meeting told Politico Webster said his stance was out of "personal principle," however other members of the caucus have said they would support Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) if he became the nominee.

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