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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A former Republican attorney general who spoke at this summer's GOP national convention warned that Donald Trump's vow to imprison Hillary Clinton represents a "watershed" moment in American politics and could lead to the world perceiving the U.S. to be a "banana republic."

Michael Mukasey, an ex-U.S. attorney general who served under President George W. Bush, told NPR Monday that he initially deemed the GOP nominee's line at Sunday's debate that Clinton would 'be in jail" under a President Trump to be a quip, but had become concerned about Trump's promise to have his attorney general appoint a special prosecutor to re-open the case on Clinton's private email server.

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ST. LOUIS, MO -- Donald Trump surrogates, including a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, defended his promise to sic his Department of Justice on Hillary Clinton, while a Democratic senator supporting Clinton called the remark one of the worst moments of the debate.

Trump said that Clinton "would be in jail" if he was president and that he would "instruct the attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation."

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ST. LOUIS, MO -- The top spokesman for the Republican National Committee said that the RNC did not know that Donald Trump was going to hold a pre-debate press event with three of former President Bill Clinton's accusers.

The spokesman, Sean Spicer, also told reporters in the spin room after the debate Sunday night at Washington University that he was "not aware" of Trump's plan to bring the women to Sunday's town hall debate. Additionally, he said that RNC Chair Reince Priebus had not been in any contact with the women.

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Donald Trump responded to Hillary Clinton's demand at Sunday's presidential that he apologize for his birther campaign against President Obama by falsely accusing her 2008 campaign of starting the rumor.

"Well, you owe the president an apology because as, you know very well, your campaign Sidney Blumenthal, he's another real winner that you have, and he's the one that got this started along with your campaign manager and they were on television just two weeks ago, she was, saying exactly that," Trump said.

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ST. LOUIS, MO -- DNC Chair Donna Brazile told a scrum of reporters in the spin room ahead of Sunday's presidential debate that it would be "political suicide" for Republicans to try to replace Donald Trump at the top of their ticket.

"That's a decision Donald Trump should make, and that's a decision the Republican Party should make," she said when asked about the call by some GOP lawmakers that Trump step down from the nomination. After the Washington Post published Friday a 2005 vido of Trump bragging about "grabbing" un-consenting women "by the pussy," some Republicans said they could no longer support him.

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ST. LOUIS, MO -- Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), a Hillary Clinton surrogate and the senior senator of the state hosting Sunday's presidential debate, told TPM that she didn't think the publication of a tape Friday in which Donald Trump boasts about sexual assault changed Clinton's preparation in the lead-up to their second face-off.

"I don't think her prep work would be any different for this debate than it has been for any other debates," McCaskill said in a brief interview outside of the venue about two hours before the debate was scheduled to start.

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SPRINGFIELD, MO -- As other Republicans -- including a senator in a tough reelection race -- withdraw their support of Donald Trump after the release of a 2005 tape in which he discussed making unwanted sexual advances on woman, Sen. Roy Blunt (R) showed no signs of reversing his support of Trump in a brief interview with TPM after a campaign event in Springfield, Missouri.

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After a spree of favorable court rulings that softened or blocked Republican-passed voting restrictions, voting rights advocates are engaged in a new phase of trench warfare with a mere month left before November’s election and early voting in some places already underway. There was no time for civil rights groups to rest on their laurels after winning the high-profile legal challenges. In many states, such rulings were met with attempts to undermine or circumvent court orders meant to make it easier to vote.

“You take a step back and it’s really appalling,” said Dale Ho, the director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project who has been involved in many of the legal challenges to state voting restrictions.

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