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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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Asked at Wednesday's presidential debate about how he believes the Constitution should be interpreted in the context of the Supreme Court nominations, Donald Trump made his first priority at Wednesday's debate grinding his axe with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who criticized Trump over the summer.

"It is just so imperative that we have the right justices. Something happened recently where Justice Ginsburg made some very, very inappropriate statements toward me and toward a tremendous number of people," Trump said, in what was his first answer of the night. "Many, many millions of people that I represent and she was forced to apologize. And apologize she did. But these were statements that should never, ever have been made."

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The local Republican Party in Tarrant County, Texas – which includes Fort Worth and is state's third most populous county – is being accused of egging on discriminatory voting practices with an email it sent calling for "poll watchers" for "Democrat-controlled polling locations." The email said the GOP wants workers "to make sure OUR VOTER ID LAW IS FOLLOWED," without noting that the Texas voter ID law was recently softened after an appeals court ruled it had racially discriminatory effects.

A voting rights advocacy group has sent a letter of complaint about the email to the Department of Justice.

The email from the Tarrant County Republican Party was titled "ALERT***EMERGENCY VOTER FRAUD INFORMATION
INSIDE***ALERT**" according to the complaint letter, and said that the party is "looking for Poll Watchers for Early Voting location sites and Election Day polling locations."

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Three Kansas men with ties to an extremist, hard-right militia movement were formally charged Monday for domestic terrorism connected to their alleged plans to bomb the day after Election Day a Garden City housing complex that was home to much of the town's Somali Muslim population, as well as a mosque.

Law enforcement officials involved in the investigation said it uncovered a "hidden culture of hatred and violence," while Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) warned that, if perpetrated, the men's alleged plan would have caused "a horrific event."

Their plot would bring about a "bloodbath," in their words, that was the "only fucking way this country’s ever going to get turned around," according to the FBI affidavit released with their arrest Friday. At least one of the men appears to have been a Donald Trump supporter, according to screenshots of the men's social media postings, and the others, it seems, had a penchant for sharing anti-Muslim hate memes and right-wing conspiracy theories.

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As Donald Trump amps up his allegations that the election will somehow be rigged against him, he and his surrogates have latched on to a myth that fraudulent votes somehow swung North Carolina to President Obama's favor in 2008.

Trump himself referenced the theory -- that was first put forward in a flimsy and controversial 2014 Washington Post op-ed -- from the stump in a speech in Wisconsin Monday evening, where he told the crowd, "It is possible that non-citizen votes were responsible for Obama’s 2008 victory in North Carolina.”

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President Obama slammed Donald Trump as "irresponsible" for claiming that November's election would be rigged against him while advising that Trump stop "whining" even before the results are in.

"There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even -- you could even rig America's elections," Obama said at a press conference at the Rose Garden Tuesday, while pointing out how decentralized U.S. elections are and the lack of evidence of fraud in the past.

He also suggested that Trump's "unprecedented" attempt to "discredit" an elections process before it has even taken place shows the he does not have "leadership and toughness that you'd want out of a president."

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The Donald Trump campaign has brought on a controversial GOP operative with ties to the Koch brothers to run the campaign's "election protection" program, the Guardian reported.

Mike Roman, Trump's new elections monitor, is perhaps best known for his involvement in the New Black Panther controversy in 2008, as his website first posted the video and he continued to ring the alarms bells that the group was engaging in voter intimidation, even as the Department of Justice was divided about the case. He also led an "intelligence agency" connected to the Koch brothers' Freedom Partners network, Politico reported in 2015, that sought to monitor the election-related activities of Democrat-supporting groups.

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Donald Trump is engaging in an unprecedented campaign of voter fraud fear-mongering. Not only is he putting Americans’ trust in the bedrock of U.S. democracy at risk, but what he has urged his supporters to do -- in stump speeches across the country -- would, if carried out, likely be a form of illegal voter intimidation.

Civil rights groups are already gearing up for an especially tense Election Day. Meanwhile, the federal government has been hobbled by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling in its ability to monitor elections in places with histories of voter intimidation. Of particular concern are states with loose open carry laws, where already, some armed Trump supporters have shown an interest in making their presence known at voting sites.

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The New York Attorney General's office Monday said that the Donald J. Trump Foundation has informed the state that it had ceased fundraising – in compliance with an order issued by the state last month – but would need more time to file paperwork detailing the money it solicited in the state, the Washington Post reported.

The attorney general's office issued the order after it was found that the foundation had been raising outside money without being properly registered to do so under state law. A broader investigation is underway by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman after reports that the foundation engaged in other activities that appeared to be in violation of state charity law.

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After he leaves the White House, President Obama will make a major priority of his post-presidency political activity working with a campaign being spearheaded by former Attorney General Eric Holder that will focus on redistricting reform, a major elections issue that has allowed Republicans to trounce Democrats in state houses and in the U.S. House of Representatives.

According to a Politico report Monday, Holder will serve as chair of a new umbrella group called the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which will bring together national and state-level Democratic political groups, as well as unions and progressive organizations. The group will mobilize around elections in the years to come that will determine who gets to draw the districting maps after the 2020 census which will be in place for the following decade of elections. The White House has worked closely on launching the campaign, and the President strongly backed the choice of Holder as its chair, Politico said.

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Ohio's Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted – the state's top election official – said that Donald Trump's recent allegations that the election will be rigged were "irresponsible."

"Our institutions like our election system is one of the bedrocks of American democracy. We should not question it," Husted said Monday on CNN. Noting his state's bipartisan election system, Husted added "that people feel good about the process of voting."

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