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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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Since Kanye West announced at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards that he was running for president in 2020, speculation has erupted as to whether America could be seeing a Kanye-Donald Trump showdown the next presidential election cycle.

New York cover artist Barry Blitt took that thought experiment one step farther, imagining the West's campaign culminating in a come-from-behind victory, a la President Harry Truman's win in 1948.

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A judge in Tennessee told a married couple seeking a divorce that he could not grant one for them, arguing that the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision left him unclear as to when a marriage ends.

"The conclusion reached by this Court is that Tennesseans have been deemed by the U.S. Supreme Court to be incompetent to define and address such keystone/central institutions such as marriage, and, thereby, at minimum, contested divorces," Hamilton County Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton wrote when denying the divorce petition, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined her 2016 rivals in weighing in on the decision by a federal judge to hold a Kentucky clerk in contempt of court for not issuing gay marriage licenses.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) rushed to the defense of the Kentucky clerk held in contempt of court Thursday for her refusal to issue gay marriage license and issued a statement calling for "every lover of liberty to stand with Kim Davis."

Davis, the clerk in Rowan county, had stopped issuing licenses to all marriage couples after the Supreme Court decision legalized same-sex marriage and was sued by a group of couples.

"Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny," Cruz said. "Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America."

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Tom Brady's Deflategate victory on Thursday quickly became a political football in the GOP primary, with a spokesman for Jeb Bush's campaign using it to take a swing at Donald Trump's suggestion that Bush should speak English while in the U.S.

After Trump congratulated his "friend" and "total winner" Brady on Thursday's court decision in the quarterback's favor, Bush campaign spokesman Tim Miller reminded Trump that Brady speaks Portuguese with his wife Gisele Bundchen at home.

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As the Republican National Committee circulates a loyalty pledge to 2016 GOPers aimed at reining in any potential independent run by Donald Trump, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus will meet with Trump Thursday, a spokesman confirmed to the New York Times.

The GOP frontrunner's official schedule includes a press conference from his Trump Tower in New York at 2 p.m. Sources tell CNN that they believe Trump is willing to sign the pledge -- which stipulates GOP 2016 primary candidates will not run for president as an independent and will support the eventual Republican nominee -- but caution that nothing is guaranteed with the brash billionaire. A source described as a "close associate" tells Politico Trump will indeed sign the pledge. Bloomberg also reports that a "top adviser" said Trump will sign.

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If the conservative voters who handed the GOP the Senate had an Obamacare repeal on their one-year wish list, they’re likely to be disappointed come this fall.

Republicans' promises that Obamacare would be on the chopping block as soon the GOP took control of the Senate are unlikely to be met by years’ end. After years of heated rhetoric, over-the-top campaign ads and even Supreme Court challenges, the repeal Obamacare movement continues to be a can kicked farther down the road. GOP congressional leaders are facing the political reality that the party lacks a concrete alternative to Obamacare, the votes to repeal it and, in the immediate future, a crowded calendar of extremely pressing other issues.

Now, GOP lawmakers are trying to figure out how to let down easily the base they primed for repeal across three election cycles, with some leaders lowering expectations for repeal maneuvers in the months to come and other Republicans weighing efforts to tweak the law instead.

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said that the unrest across the country after the deaths of unarmed black men by police officers was hurting, not helping African Americans.

"Black lives do matter and they have been disgracefully jeopardized by the movement that has laid waste to Ferguson and Baltimore," Haley said, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington Wednesday.

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