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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It is likely that the judge presiding over a lawsuit Donald Trump brought against a high-profile Washington, DC restaurateur will release video of the deposition Trump gave in the lawsuit, Politico reported Monday. Trump is suing Geoffrey Zakarian over his withdrawal from plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in the Old Post Office, a decision the chef say he made because of Trump's anti-Latino rhetoric during the presidential campaign. Celebrity chef Jose Andres and Trump are also involved in a legal battle over Andres' decision to back out of his restaurant in the hotel.

The judge in the Zakarian case, D.C. Superior Court Judge Brian Holeman, turned down the Trump lawyers' request that video of the deposition he gave in June to Zakarian's lawyers be sealed. Unless Holeman shifts his approach or his decision is overturned by a higher court, the video could become public and thus be used by the Hillary Clinton campaign or Trump's other political rivals for anti-Trump campaign material.

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Call it the August awakening. Republicans are realizing Trump’s “general election” pivot isn’t coming and the damage he is doing is worse than expected.

It’s been months since Trump defeated his primary opponents, weeks since the party’s convention, and yet nary does a day go by that he doesn't engage in some sort of front-page controversy. You know the situation is dire when the Wall Street Journal editorial board is wondering whether it’s time for the GOP to dump its nominee. Vulnerable senators can’t step outside without Trump’s latest comment chasing them down the street.

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North Carolina filed an emergency application Monday to the Supreme Court via Chief Justice John Roberts to halt some aspects of a ruling handed down by an appeals court last month that struck down Republican-passed voting restrictions in the state. The stay petition asks that portions of the ruling be put on hold for November's election while the full case is appealed to the high court.

North Carolina is asking the Supreme Court to allow it to enforce its photo voter ID law, its cutbacks to early voting and its elimination of pre-registration. The petition did not include requests that its ban on same-day registration and prohibition of out-of-precinct be in effect in November's election. All five provisions had been deemed discriminatory in their intent by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in late July. The decision was a reversal of a district court's ruling that sided with the state.

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Donald Trump's campaign issued a statement Friday bashing Hillary Clinton for releasing her and her running mate Tim Kaine's tax returns, which was itself a move to pressure Trump into releasing his forms.

Trump communications advisor Jason Miller said Clinton only released her tax returns as a "distraction and misdirection" from her use of a private email server. Releasing tax returns has been the norm for presidential nominees dating back to the 1970s.

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U.S. intelligence officials told leaders in Congress a year ago that Russian hackers were targeting the Democratic National Committee and other party entities, but the lawmakers could not inform those targets because of the sensitive nature of the information, Reuters reported Friday.

The revelation was based on three anonymous sources who were familiar with the matter, Reuters said.

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A new poll released Friday by NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist showed Donald Trump trailing Hillary Clinton by crushing margins in four key swing states.

In North Carolina, a state the GOP nominee Mitt Romney won in 2012 and that is crucial to Trump's path to victory, Clinton leads the real estate mogul among registered voters by nine percentage points, 48 percent to 39 percent.

Clinton bests Trump in Florida, another key state for his electoral map, by 44 percent to 39 percent.

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Betsy McCaughey's addition to Donald Trump's council of economic advisors seems fitting: Both are conspiracy theory-floating sensationalists who have what you might describe as a hostile relationship with the truth.

Trump announced that McCaughey, along with seven other women, was joining his economic team Thursday after critics noted the council was made up entirely of men, only one Ph.D.-holding economist and four Steves among them, upon its initial rollout.

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Donald Trump’s remark Tuesday that “the Second Amendment people” might take out a President Hillary Clinton to stop her from appointing liberal Supreme Court justices fits a now-familiar pattern: Trump takes an idea that has been simmering at the fringes of the hard right and shouts it from his platform as the GOP presidential nominee.

His campaign disputed the interpretation that the remark, delivered in Trump’s typical off-the-cuff style, was some sort of call-to-arms or that it alluded to assassination. But scholars who study gun rhetoric in political discourse, as well as gun safety advocates at the front lines of the gun control debate, placed his comment in the context of a long lineage of language pitting gun holders as the last defense against a tyrannical government.

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