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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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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin accused Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of lying by claiming his campaign did not fundraise from lobbyists or special interests. Palin, who endorsed Donald Trump, posted on her Facebook a link to a conservative blog that has what looks to be a screenshot of a Cruz campaign email.

"I will never get -- nor do I want -- money from D.C. lobbyists or the special interest billionaires," the Cruz email says, according to the blog's screenshot. The conservative blog compares the email to a list of Cruz's top donors, culled from Open Secrets, that includes various conservative political groups, investment banks, hedge funds and D.C law firms.

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A lawsuit was filed Friday afternoon challenging the surprise move by the head of a federal elections agency to require proof of citizenship to register to vote in three states. The suit alleges that Brian Newby -- the executive director of the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) who unilaterally approved the change to the federal form -- acted outside of his authority and departed from several commission protocols in making the change.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the League of Women Voters, Project Vote, the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP and others. It is asking for preliminary injunction that voids the recently-added proof-of-citizenship requirement on the federal registration forms for Kansas, Georgia and Alabama.

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Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state with a long history of pushing a stridently conservative agenda on voting rights and immigration, is back in the news again -- this time, for the actions of one of his former underlings.

Late last month, Kobach was granted permission by the newly-appointed executive director of a federal voting commission to require proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. The decision -- issued unilaterally by Brian Newby, who previously worked under Kobach as an elections official in Kansas' largest county -- was a major surprise that was done without the say of the members of the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission (EAC), which had rejected Kobach's request for the change twice before.

The revised EAC guidance represented a major win for Kobach, who had been stymied by the courts in his efforts to fully implement his state's proof-of-citizenship requirement. It is a blow to voting rights advocates who have opposed proof of citizenship requirements on the grounds that procuring the necessary documents will make ballot access harder people who are perfectly eligible to vote.

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The weeks-long occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon by anti-government extremists could have ended in a variety of ways -- the most worrisome of which is the way of Waco or Ruby Ridge: violently. But Thursday the FBI was able to convince the remaining four occupiers to leave the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge voluntarily, a conclusion that one expert on anti-government extremism praised as a "nonviolent coda" that reduces the likelihood that sympathizers will seek retribution.

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Cliven Bundy -- the Nevada rancher behind a 2014 showdown with federal authorities and father of two leaders arrested in the Oregon standoff -- has been accused of six violations of federal law, including conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States and assault of a federal law enforcement officer.

Bundy was arrested late Wednesday evening in Portland, Oregon. The allegations contained in the criminal complaint filed in Nevada are focused on the 2014 showdown at his Bundy Ranch. None of the charges pertain to the Oregon refuge standoff that his sons were involved in.

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An Iranian official said "Republican rivals of the current US administration" attempted to stall last month's Iranian-U.S. prisoner swap until the eve of the U.S. presidential election, Tasnim News Agency reported.

According to the semi-official Iranian news outlet, Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, made the claims during a speech Thursday at a rally in Yazd, Iran.

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The Supreme Court’s decision to block President Obama’s climate change plan sent shockwaves through the legal community, environmental activists and even the industries that oppose these environmental regulations.

The order was surprising not just because it was a rebuke to a major priority of Obama’s administration. It also was at odds the Supreme Court’s usual practice in choosing when to halt a major regulation from moving forward. All four liberal justices expressed their disagreement with injunction.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) thanked his supporters for helping him take on "the most powerful political organization in the United States of America" in his victory speech Tuesday after defeating Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary.

"What began last week in Iowa and voters here in New Hampshire confirmed tonight is nothing short of the beginning of a political revolution," Sanders declared.

"Together we have sent the message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington, Maine to California, and that is that the government of our great country to belongs to all of the people and not just a handful of wealth campaign contributors and their super PACS," Sanders said, noting he started his campaign in New Hampshire nine months with no money and no organization.

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Moments after the New Hampshire Democratic primary was called for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) by the major networks, Hillary Clinton's campaign blasted out a three-page memo penned by campaign manager Robby Mook stressing the importance of the primaries that come after the first four in February.

"The reason is simple: while important, the first four states represent just 4% of the delegates needed to secure the nomination; the 28 states that vote (or caucus) in March will award 56% of the delegates needed to win," the memo said.

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