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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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Researchers at UC-San Diego are working on a study on how voter ID laws affect turnout rates, and a working paper they released detailing the results thus far seems to confirm what the laws’ critics have often said.

Voter ID laws adversely affected the turnout of minorities, and particularly that of Latinos, the paper found. The study also revealed that turnout among Democrats was disproportionately affected, backing up claims of a political motivation behind the laws, which have been overwhelmingly championed by GOP legislators.

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Virginia's State Board of Elections is asking the court weighing a voting rights case being brought in the state to exclude any evidence of the state's history of racial discrimination.

The board filed a motion Monday to "exclude expert testimony and other evidence of Virginia’s history of racial discrimination," particularly anything that happened before 1965, when the federal Voting Rights Act was passed.

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Supporters of the Oregon occupier who was shot and killed in a confrontation with police can bid on a limited edition "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Lego figure in an Ebay auction where the proceeds are said to go to his family, Fox13 in Salt Lake City reported.

According to the product's description on its Ebay page, the 15 Legos that were custom-made to resemble LaVoy Finicum -- the Arizona rancher who emerged as a leader of the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Center-- are being auctioned off by his niece Jessica every 10 days or so. The proceeds will go to Finicum's wife Jeanette, the description says. At press time the bid in the current auction is up to $155.50.

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More than a month since a group of anti-government extremists took over a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon and nearly nearly two weeks since the authorities arrested most of the group's leaders in a dramatic confrontation that left one of the occupier's dead, the standoff drags on with no end in sight.

Hopes that arrests of the ringleaders would lead to a quick and peaceful resolution to the ongoing takeover have diminished as the holdouts still at the refuge dig in and the occupier who was killed, LaVoy Finicum, has been elevated as a martyr in extremist circles. The remaining diehards at the Malheur National Wildlife Center have re-dubbed it "Camp Finicum."

National attention on the standoff has waned since Finicum's death, but things have continued to get weirder. Franklin Graham, the minister, has gotten involved at some level to try to bring an end to the standoff. Ammon Bundy, the main leader who is now jailed in Portland, reportedly in solitary confinement, has been making regular statements to the public via recorded messages released by his lawyers, and police have tightened the cordon around the refuge even as the handful of militants holed up inside ​have sounded the call for their supporters on the outside to "stand up" in their defense.

Here's what has happened since Ammon Bundy and brigade were arrested last month:

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Ben Carson compared Ted Cruz's mea culpa for spreading rumors about his campaign to the "attitude" Hillary Clinton expressed after the Benghazi attacks, Buzzfeed reported.

Carson was asked by Todd Starnes on a podcast posted Thursday night about whether Cruz "handled himself as a Christian" in response to reports that the Cruz campaign circulated rumors among supporters the night of the Iowa caucus that Carson was suspending his campaign.

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Authorities in Utah are preparing for a scenario in which "armed extremists" crash the funeral of LaVoy Finicum, a leader of the Oregon occupation who was killed last week in a confrontation with police.

An advisory issued Wednesday by the Utah Statewide Information and Analysis Center -- and reported on by the libertarian outlet Reason -- alerts law enforcement officials near Kanab, Utah, where the funeral is being held Friday, to be "vigilant and aware that confrontation with these potentially volatile persons, may include more than one individual." The advisory notes that the Finicum family has asked for a quiet service; "however, extremists may utilize such a high profile funeral for media attention or to further ideological beliefs."

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Going mano a mano against Bernie Sanders -- and days after they essentially tied in Iowa -- Hillary Clinton’s performance at Thursday’s MSNBC debate reflected someone who no longer thought her nomination was inevitable. Her attacks were sharper, she responded to his criticisms more directly and she pushed new arguments that she had been holding back so far in the campaign.

Here are five things that changed during Thursday’s debate.

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The mood during Thursday's Democratic debate got testy on both sides as Hillary Clinton denounced the attacks Bernie Sanders has been making on her relationship with Wall Street as an "artful smear."

"Senator Sanders says he wants to run a positive campaign. I've tried to keep my disagreements over issues, as it should be," Clinton said. "Time and time again, by insinuation, there is this attack that he is putting forth, which really comes down to, you know, anybody who ever took donations or speaking fees from any interest group has to be bought. I just absolutely reject that, Senator. I really don't think these kinds of attacks by insinuation are worthy of you."

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The ongoing fight in the Democratic primary over health care comes down to whether Bernie Sanders' desire for a single-payer system puts the gains made under Obamacare at risk, Hillary Clinton suggested at Thursday's MSNBC debate in New Hampshire.

"Senator Sanders wants us to start all over again," Clinton said. "This was major achievement of President Obama, of our country. It's helping people right now. I'm not going to wait and have us plunge back into a national debate that has very little chance of succeeding."

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