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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The moderators of Univision's Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday pressed Bernie Sanders to explain comments he made praising Cuba's communist government when he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont.

"In 1961 they invaded Cuba. Everyone was totally convinced Castro was the worst guy in the world. They forgot that he educated their kids, gave them health care and totally transformed their society," Sanders said in an 1985 video unearthed by Buzzfeed News last year.

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In an extended exchange during Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate about the financial industry's influence in Washington, Bernie Sanders brought out that the head of Goldman Sachs had called the Vermont senator "dangerous."

"He's right. I am dangerous for Wall Street," Sanders said.

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Hillary Clinton on Wednesday night brushed off the question of whether she would drop out of the presidential race if she were indicted in connection with the ongoing investigation into her private email server as she was pressed repeatedly by Univision debate moderator Jorge Ramos.

"Oh, for goodness -- that's not going to happen. I'm not even answering that question," she replied sharply at one point.

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The full Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has decided to hear a challenge to Texas' voter ID law, after a three-judge panel of the appeals court ruled that the law violated the Voting Rights Act.

The state of Texas had appealed the earlier decision to be reviewed "en banc"—meaning by the entire 15-judge court—in August, and the Fifth Circuit announced that it accepted it in an order released Wednesday.

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Ted Cruz is projected to win the Idaho primary. The networks called his victory at a little after midnight ET.

Cruz visited the state earlier in this week, and the shooting of a Idaho pastor who delivered a prayer at Cruz campaign rally there made national headlines. (The pastor is recovering and the suspect was arrested outside the White House Tuesday evening.)

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Bernie Sanders is projected to defeat Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s Michigan primary in an upset victory in the state where both candidates invested in major campaign efforts. Sanders supporters hoped that his message focused in on trade deals and economic inequality would resonate in the industrial state.

Sanders’ win was called at around 11:30 by the Associated Press and NBC News. For two-and-a-half hours after the final polls closed in Michigan, the networks considered the neck-and-neck race too close to call. Sanders’ strong showing was a major shock in the state where Clinton had been polling more than 20 percentage points ahead of Sanders, according TPM’s PollTracker Average

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Bernie Sanders celebrated his unexpectedly strong showing in Michigan in an brief, impromptu press conference in Miami, arguing that "the political revolution that we are talking about is strong in every part of the country."

"Frankly, we believe that our strongest areas are yet to happen," he said.

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Addressing supporters in Cleveland after her win was declared in Mississippi, Hillary Clinton delivered a speech Tuesday geared at next week's primary in Ohio, while finding some time to take implicit shots at GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

"Running for president shouldn't be about delivering insults, it should be about delivering result for the American people," Clinton said.

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Donald Trump is projected to win the Michigan GOP primary Tuesday, disappointing Trump foes who had hoped that either John Kasich or Ted Cruz could pull an upset.

His victory was called by MSNBC and Fox News at 9 p.m. EST, when the final polls closed in the state..

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