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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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Among the theories Hillary Clinton put forward at Monday's debate as to why Donald Trump was resisting releasing his tax returns was the possibility that in some years he paid no federal income taxes. Trump, in his response to the claims, did little to put that notion to rest. At first, from the debate stage, he bragged when she made the claim and later he seemed to concede her allegation by saying his taxes would have been squandered by a spendthrift government had he paid them.

In the spin room after, he waffled even more when reporters asked him what he meant. On one hand, he said he hadn't, in fact, admitted to not paying federal income taxes. However, presented with multiple opportunities to say definitively that he has and is paying income taxes, he appeared to dodge the questions. Only once did he say he had paid federal taxes.

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When it came to Donald Trump’s self-proclaimed business acumen, Hillary Clinton at the Monday’s presidential debate had a plan: Take what he believes is his greatest asset and turn it into a liability, in the form of a reminder of the shady, scummy and maybe illegal things he did on the way to building his empire. And Trump couldn’t help but play into her hands. Any time she brought a business practice or comment that would prompt others to show remorse, Trump responded glibly–or even bragged about it.

Here are some examples:

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Watching Monday’s presidential debate was like watching two separate conversations. On the one hand was Hillary Clinton’s policy-heavy explanations of her positions and plans for the country. On the other hand was Donald Trump repeating in various forms what has been the core argument of his campaign: that he was going to be able to shake things up after establishment figures like Clinton had screwed up the country.

But a few exchanges stand out as revealing the dynamics of the two candidates’ debate performances. Here are the five big moments from the first presidential debate.

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Donald Trump squirmed at Monday's presidential debate when pressed on why he continued to push birther claims against President Obama, even after Obama's birth certificate was released in 2011.

"We're talking about racial healing in this segment. What do you say to Americans?" moderator Lester Holt asked.

"He should have produced it a long time before. I say nothing," Trump said.

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Hillary Clinton pounced on Donald Trump at Monday's presidential debate for saying he would only release his tax returns if she released missing emails from her private server, and speculated that his refusal to release them because he is not as rich or as charitable as he claims.

"You have got to ask yourself why won't he release his tax returns? And I think there may be a couple of reasons. First, maybe he is not as rich as he says he is. Second, maybe he is not as charitable as he claims to be," Clinton said. "Third, we don't know all of his business dealings, but we have been told through investigative reporting that he owes about $650 million to Wall Street and foreign banks."

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will have to explain to a federal judge Friday in Kansas why he should not be held in contempt of court for his handling of a ruling blocking the state's proof-of-citizenship voting requirement, according to an order issued by U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson Monday.

The order came after the ACLU and the other civil rights groups that sued him over the requirement requested the court force Kobach to follow an earlier order that he restore the voting rights of those who didn't show a proof of citizenship when registering to vote at the DMV.

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One of Donald Trump's foreign policy advisers said Monday he was stepping down from the campaign, while pushing back on allegations that he had engaged in private communications with top Russian officials.

Carter Page said in an interview with Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin that the claims were "just complete garbage,” but nonetheless he had chosen to take a leave of absence from campaign become the accusations were causing a "distraction."

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A new anti-Donald Trump web ad that employs creepy sound effects and an eery black-and-white aesthetic ad will run in four states Monday, ahead of the first presidential debate.

The ad, produced by the pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Priorities USA, is geared at subverting the #TrumpTrain hashtag often used by Trump supporters, and "show people what exactly the Trump train really means," Justin Barasky, a spokesperson for Priorities USA, told TPM.

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For months, a theory has been floating around the conservative fringes of the Internet claiming that President Obama's administration is working feverishly to grant citizenship to immigrants in order to sway the 2016 elections. The allegation got a push into the mainstream last week, with two Republican senators writing the Department of Homeland a letter that accused the agency of sloppily rushing through citizenship applications ahead of the election.

Their smoking gun? An email to low-level staffers sent by am immigration field office supervisor encouraging them to work overtime to process applications.

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A federal appeals court Monday blocked the move earlier this year by a federal election official to approve a proof-of-citizenship requirement on the federal voting registration forms in Kansas, Georgia and Alabama.

Brian Newby (pictured above), the executive director of the Election Assistance Commission who was formerly a local elections official in Kansas who worked under Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, had approved of the form change over the objections of other members of the commission. He had become the commission's executive director after the Supreme Court had refused to take up a case brought by Kansas and Arizona to force the EAC to change the voter registration form.

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