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 name has leaked of the potential presidential candidate Bill Kristol and other #NeverTrump-ers hope will save them from the Sophie's choice of voting either for the Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Kristol is attempting to recruit conservative lawyer and war vet David French to mount an independent bid, according to a report by Bloomberg Politics’ Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

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The ongoing House Republican effort to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over his handling of the so-called “IRS targeting scandal” took a turn towards creative filmmaking last week during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

The testimony of witness Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight committee, revolved around an extended video created by his office and played for the committee. The video was a ten-and-a-half-minute, slickly-produced recounting of GOP allegations of Koskinen's supposed misconduct. It bore a closer resemblance to a campaign attack ad than to the sort of the evidence typically provided in a congressional hearing.

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the ranking Democrat on the committee, called the move to play it during Chaffetz's testimony “a little bit unusual.”

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A former IRS official, under a congressional subpoena, said he had doubts about the administration’s rationale for funding Obamacare subsidies that are at the heart of a House Republican lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act, according to a New York Times report published Sunday. His deposition was part of a Republican-led House committee investigation and, in a moment of partisan jockeying, the deposition was made public by Democrats on the committee, who sought to get ahead of a potential Republican leak, according to the Times.

The official, David Fisher, who worked for the IRS as financial risk officer, recounted in a May 11 deposition for House Ways and Means Committee investigators a January 2014 meeting during which IRS officials were taken to an Old Executive Office Building conference room. There, they were shown a Office of Management and Budget memo justifying the administration’s funding of billions of dollars in health insurance subsidies. They were not allowed to take notes or copy the memo, according the Times, and the IRS officials were also told that then-Attorney General Eric Holder had approved of the rationale.

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Donald Trump washed his hands of the criticisms stirred by his speculations about Vince Foster's death, telling reporters at a press conference Thursday that he was only answering a question that had been asked of him and that, "I don't think it's something that should really be part of the campaign."

"I really know nothing about the Vince Foster situation. I haven't known anything about it," Trump said. "And somebody asked me the question the other day and I said that a lot of people are skeptical as to what happened and how he died. I know nothing about it."

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A Deseret News op-ed penned by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) explaining why he was refusing to consider President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland after meeting him was taken down from the news site a few hours after it was published. Hatch has previously said Obama's nominee should not get a hearing or a vote, but the op-ed, titled "My meeting with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland" (per its Google webcached version) went up before his meeting with Garland even occurred.

A spokesperson for Hatch refused to tell the Washington Post when the senator was scheduled to meet with Garland.

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The idea that an overly sensitive rich guy would use clandestine court maneuvers -- in a pro wrestler's defamation case, no less -- to financially drain a pesky news outlet would be comical, if not so troubling.

But Peter Thiel is not just any overly-sensitive rich guy.

He is an outspokenly libertarian, Silicon Valley billionaire who has expressed skepticism about women's suffrage, helped fund conservative gadfly James O'Keefe's "sting" videos, is convinced that death can be evaded through technological advancements, and proposed that like-minded libertarians build sea colonies where they can escape the tyrannies of conventional government.

Now he is also the financial weight behind Hulk Hogan's sex tape lawsuit, and other legal endeavors targeting Gawker, as he admitted to the New York Times after a report by Forbes. He said the roughly $10 million crusade was about "deterrence," after Gawker's "bullying" of him and his colleagues.

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A federal court Tuesday struck down a provision of Ohio law that scaled back the early voting period in the state.

Judge Michael Watson, of the U.S District Court of the Southerm District of Ohio, ruled that the provision was a violation of the 14th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act.

The ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by voting rights attorney Marc Elias -- who is also the general counsel of the Hillary Clinton campaign -- on behalf of The Ohio Organizing Collaborative and individual voters in the state. It targeted a number of changes to Ohio voting laws, including the elimination of "Golden Week," a period when residents could register to vote and vote on the same day.

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