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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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President Obama said Monday that he would not get into the details of investigations surrounding bombs found in New York and New Jersey, but said that law enforcement officials were "working around the clock, to prevent attacks and to keep us safe."

"They are the best of the best. Over the years, they have thwarted many plots and saved many lives and we are incredibly grateful for their service today and every single day," Obama said in New York, where he is in town for a United Nations summit.

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A bomb that went off near the course of a Saturday morning charity race in a beachside New Jersey town was the first of a series of blasts and foiled bombing attempts in the New York-New Jersey area over the weekend.

Officials at first did not believe the Saturday morning blast in Seaside Park, New Jersey was connected to the bombing and foiled bomb attempts in New York City later Saturday night, but now are suggesting the incidents may be linked.

No one was injured in the Saturday morning beachside detonation, because the race had been delayed by a surge in registrations as well as by the discovery of an unclaimed backpack that was unrelated to the bombing attempt.

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President Obama will deliver a statement at 11:30 a.m. ET from New York City -- where he is in town for a United Nations summit -- after a series of bombings in the New York and New Jersey area, the White House announced Monday.

He will deliver the statement at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, where he had been scheduled to hold a number of meetings with various international leaders Monday.

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So now that Donald Trump -- after years of race-baiting and rumor-mongering -- believes that President Obama was born in the United States, will he follow through on his promise to donate $5 million to charity once he was given proof?

That was the question posed by The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold, who has been reporting doggedly on Trump's charitable giving (or lack thereof).

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Hillary Clinton blasted Donald Trump for his press event Friday in which he finally acknowledged President Obama's U.S. birth, but falsely claimed that the Clinton had started rumors and that he had put the end to them. Clinton called the remarks a "disgrace" on Twitter, while launching an extensive attack on Trump's history of birtherism and his refusal to apologize to President for "asinine" smears.

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A birther supporter was among the Donald Trump backers who introduced the nominee at the Friday event where he attempted to walk back his birtherism.

Retired Air Force Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney was one of the military vets who spoke at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C.

But back in 2010, McInerney wrote an affidavit that questioned the constitutionality of President Obama's authority, based on the "widespread and legitimate concerns" about his birth records, TPM reported at the time.

McInerney wrote the affidavit in support of Army Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin, who was refusing to deploy to Afghanistan because he did not believe Obama was a legitimate president, citing birtherism.

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A "fact sheet" on Donald Trump's economic platform that called for the deregulation of the food industry is now absent from the campaign's website. A version of the fact sheet the campaign sent out Thursday morning said that under a President Trump, the "The FDA Food Police" would be eliminated, while a revised version sent out Thursday afternoon did not include that section.

The Thursday morning version of platform called for the elimination of rules that "govern the soil farmers use, farm and food production hygiene, food packaging, food temperatures, and even what animals may roam which fields and when."

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One of the woman the Donald Trump campaign announced last month would be serving on its economic advisory council did not in fact accept the job. Betsy McCaughey, a columnist and notorious Obamacare critic, told TPM in an email Wednesday that she had turned down the invitation.

Her name was among a list of eight woman the Trump campaign touted in an expansion of its economic team, after its initial list of economic advisors featured no women and six guys named Steve. The press release naming her to the council was sent out Aug. 11, and is still live on the Trump campaign website without any correction.

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Republicans in Wisconsin discussed ginning up concerns about voter fraud in the midst of a high-stakes Supreme Court race in 2011, so that if the justice they were supporting lost, they would be well-positioned to demand a recount.

The discussion occurred in a series of emails published in massive document dump by the Guardian Wednesday, alongside its report on how Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) danced around campaign finance laws. The emails in question occurred April 6, 2011, the day after Election Day, when Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser's race was deemed too close to call.

The push by GOP operatives of a strategy that plays up fears of "election fraud" -- which is extremely rare, but an oft-cited justification for restrictive voting laws -- falls in line with what critics of voting restrictions have said for a long time: that voter fraud is not a major problem, but is instead used as an excuse by Republicans to promote a veiled agenda.

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