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 chairman of the Virgin Islands Republican Party issued a scathing memo late Wednesday accusing "newcomers to our party" of "undermin[ing] the well-established processes spelled out" by the party rules. In the memo, V.I. GOP Chair John Canegata said "a few voices" have caused "a controversy where a controversy need not exist."

"This is the same group that enjoys being obstructionist on virtually everything our party has tried to do over the last four years," Canegata said.

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The Republican National Committee has launched a website to inform the public about what happens in the event of contested GOP convention, the Washington Examiner reported. The website, ConventionFacts.gop, lists party rules regarding the delegates required for a candidate to be nominated to lead the GOP's 2016 convention, as well as the process if no candidate initially meets the requirement.

"ConventionFacts.gop is a tool for voters to learn about convention delegates, rules, and how the overall process works in a simple, easy to understand format," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. "Conventions are democracy in action and our Party's gathering in Cleveland will be an exciting, transparent, and fair process."

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For months, the major concern the anti-abortion movement had with Donald Trump was that he was too wobbly on the issue. But on Wednesday, Trump staked out an abortion position so extreme that he blew up years of abortion foes’ careful messaging.

Trump’s remark at an MSNBC town hall that an abortion ban should carry a punishment for women who seek out the procedure sent anti-abortion activists immediately scrambling to correct the damage.

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Update at 5:50 pm EST: Donald Trump's campaign released a statement Wednesday afternoon reversing his position on punishing women for seeking abortions. In it, Trump said he would punish providers, not women, if abortions were banned.

Donald Trump said Wednesday that "there has to be some form of punishment" for a woman seeking an abortion if it is outlawed in the United States.

Trump was asked by Chris Matthews at an MSNBC town hall whether getting an abortion should be punished if it were considered a crime, such as murder, under the law.

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Having long been playing defense on Obamacare because he expanded Medicaid in his state, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) went on the offensive Wednesday and attacked Republicans for promising in the 2014 election cycle that they would repeal Obamacare.

“You’ve been supporting conservative candidates,” Kasich said on an appearance on Jay Weber's Wisconsin radio show, by way of BuzzFeed. “They told you in 2014 they were gonna repeal Obamacare. Do you realize, that’s just—that’s a big joke?”

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Political observers have wondered for months whether Donald Trump’s unconventional, “political outsider” campaign would put him at a disadvantage if the Republican presidential race were to come down to the wire. Now, a fight stemming from the complicated process of selecting convention delegates suggests it has.

The Trump campaign is currently in a tizzy over a development regarding Louisiana’s delegation to the Republican National Convention. While Trump narrowly defeated Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the state's primary earlier this month, a recent Wall Street Journal report suggested that Cruz will head to Cleveland with more Louisiana delegates than the real estate mogul, prompting Trump to accuse Cruz of trying to "steal" delegates.

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There is at least one big crack in the Senate GOP's blockade on considering President Obama's Supreme Court nominee: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).

The Maine moderate has already said that there should be public hearings for the nominee, but on Tuesday she upped her criticisms of GOP leadership's position that the next president should choose the successor to the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Hillary Clinton had scathing words for the GOP blockade of President Obama's Supreme Court nominee in a speech Monday that connected the hardball stance to a pattern of Republican obstruction and the rise of Donald Trump.

The battle over filling the high court vacancy opened by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia "is revealing the worst of our politics," she said at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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