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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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As more becomes clear about the motives of the man believed to be behind the Charleston church shooting, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was hesitant to connect Dylann Storm Roof’s alleged actions to any racial prejudice.

When asked about whether he thought the attack was racially motivated, Bush told a Huffington Post reporter, "It was a horrific act and I don't know what the background of it is, but it was an act of hatred."

When pressed again about whether race motivated the attacks, Bush said, "I don't know. Looks like to me it was, but we'll find out all the information. It's clear it was an act of raw hatred, for sure. Nine people lost their lives, and they were African-American. You can judge what it is."

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An African-American lawmaker in Kansas could be expelled from the statehouse for accusing supporters of legislation that eliminated tuition breaks for undocumented immigrants of being racist. State Rep. Valdenia Winn (D) of Kansas City will face a special investigative committee in a hearing June 26 that will weigh possible sanctions against the lawmaker for the remarks.

“What’s most disturbing is the purposeful chilling effect that this type of conduct has on legislators. It’s not right,” Winn’s lawyer, Pedro Irigonegaray, told TPM.

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The leading opponents of same-sex marriage have been attempting to re-write recent American history, where decades of sneering public attacks on gays and lesbians, condemnations of their "lifestyle," and blaming them for a decline of America's moral virtue are quietly forgotten.

Their argument, made in front of the Supreme Court, no less, is that gay marriage bans are not motivated by prejudice toward gays and lesbians, but by a more noble if newfound purpose. In the days to come, the justices will reveal whether they subscribe to this new version of history in a decision that could decide whether gay couples have the right to marry nationwide.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn't just Internet famous: the liberal justice is America's most popular Supreme Court judge, a new poll finds.

The findings were part of larger national survey done by the liberal-leaning polling organization, Public Policy Polling. In the poll, participants were asked how they viewed each of the justices individually, favorably or unfavorably. They were also asked to pick their favorite and least favorite among the nine justices.

Ginsburg ranked first among the justices in the "favorite" category. When asked who was their least favorite Supreme Court judge, more Americans said Justice Clarence Thomas, the oft-silent conservative, than any other justice.

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Trouble from a trip Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) took to Europe earlier this year has chased him back over to this side of the Atlantic, despite his best efforts. The 2016 contender is dodging questions about a story he recently told in which British Prime Minister David Cameron criticized Present Obama when Walker met with the PM in February -- a story the prime minister's office is now disputing.

"I'm just not going to comment on individual meetings I had with leaders like that, be it there or anyone else," Walker said, according to the Journal Sentinel, while on a press call regarding his current trip to Canada. "That's something I'm not going to do going forward."

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Republican congressional leaders claim they are having a tough time cobbling together a back-up plan in case the Supreme Court invalidates Obamacare subsidies for millions of Americans thanks in no small part to the presidential aspirations among some in their flock.

“Corralling our presidentials on a plan or a solution is going to be a bit of a challenge,” Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the GOP's No. 3 in the Senate, told Politico. “Everyone is going to be running away from — lock, stock and barrel — any connection whatsoever to the current program.”

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Ahead of a potentially historic Supreme Court ruling, leading Republicans are vowing to defy any decision that sanctions same-sex marriage and are challenging the very legitimacy of the high court.

With a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges expected before the end of June, conservatives are confronted with what was only a few years ago a nearly unthinkable possibility: a Supreme Court decision that decisively makes same-sex marriage a constitutional right.

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About three-quarters of Republican state lawmakers who signed Grover Norquist’s notorious anti-tax pledge broke their promise not to raise taxes by approving a budget that will raise $384 million in tax revenue.

According to the tally of The Hutchinson News, only six of the state’s 53 lawmakers who have signed either Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform pledge, or the Koch brothers-affiliated Americans for Prosperity pledge, voted against the recently-passed package. Fifteen of the 21 ATR-pledge signers approved of the Senate budget deal or its House version, which the group confirmed to TPM does not meet the standards of their anti-tax promise. Gov. Sam Brownback (R), who is expected to sign legislation, is not among the ATR pledge-signers.

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If Californians would like to see an end to the extreme drought the state is facing, they should consider passing more restrictions on abortion. That, at least, was the suggestion of a California assemblywomen in remarks to anti-abortion activists last week.

"Texas was in a long period of drought until Governor Perry signed the fetal pain bill,” state Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) said, as reported by RH Reality Check. "It rained that night. Now God has His hold on California."

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