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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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The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, along with a handful of individual voters, sued the state's elections board and three county elections boards Monday over an alleged voter purge that it claims disproportionately affected African Americans.

Some 4,500 voters' ability to vote is in limbo, the complaint alleges, due to the efforts by a few individuals to challenge their registrations. The NAACP-NC accused state and local officials of violating the National Voter Registration Act and the federal Voting Rights Act in their handling of the challenged voters. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

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Hillary Clinton held a brief press conference in Iowa on Friday evening to weigh in on the revelation that the FBI uncovered new emails the agency described as "pertinent" to its investigation in her private email server. Clinton called on the FBI to provide more information regarding the emails, but said she did not believe any of the new materials would change the conclusion it made in July not to bring charges against her.

"We are 11 days out from perhaps the most important national election of our lifetimes. Voting is already underway in our country. So the American people deserve to get the full and complete facts, immediately," Clinton said. "The director himself has said he doesn't know whether the e-mails referenced in his letter are significant or not. I'm confident whatever they are will not change the conclusion reached in July. Therefore it's imperative that the bureau explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without any delay."

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Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta in a statement Friday called for the FBI to say more about the newly uncovered emails it said were "pertinent" to its investigation into Clinton's private server.

"FBI Director Comey should immediately provide the American public more information than is contained in the letter he sent to eight Republican committee chairmen," Podesta said. "Already, we have seen characterizations that the FBI is 'reopening' an investigation but Comey's words do not match that characterization. Director Comey's letter refers to emails that have come to light in an unrelated case, but we have no idea what those emails are and the Director himself notes they may not even be significant."

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The investigation into allegations that former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was sexting with a 15-year-old girl led to the uncovering of new emails linked to the Hillary Clinton private server case, the New York Times, the AP and NBC News reported Friday. According to the reporting of NBC News' Pete Williams, the FBI found the emails while examining a laptop used by Weiner to allegedly send inappropriate messages to the girl. It appears that his now-estranged wife Huma Abedin, Clinton aide, had used Weiner's laptop to communicate via email with Clinton.

"Now they've got to look at those e-mails and decide whether there is classified information in them and if so, whether that changes the conclusion about whether a crime was committed here in using a private e-mail server to transmit classified information," Williams said.

The new emails "numbered in the thousands," a federal official told the Times.

The newly found emails first became public in a letter FBI Director James Comey sent to lawmakers Friday informing them the agency was taking a look at the new materials.

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In a remarkable pre-election development, FBI Director James Comey informed lawmakers in a letter Friday that his agency was taking a look at new emails "pertinent to the investigation" of Hillary Clinton's use of a private server as secretary of state.

Comey's letter to lawmakers was first reported by NBC News and touted by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, on Twitter.

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A 41-year-old lawyer has accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of groping her in 1999 when she was a young foundation fellow in Washington, D.C., National Law Journal reported Thursday.

The lawyer, Moira Smith, said that Thomas repeatedly touched her rear multiple times as he pleaded for her to sit next to him at a dinner party hosted by the head of her scholarship program. The alleged incident occurred, Smith said, when just the two of them were alone near the table she was setting for the party.

Four people who knew Smith at the time confirmed to National Law Journal that they recalled her recounting the incident to them soon after it happened.

Thomas denied the claim.

"This claim is preposterous and it never happened,” Thomas said in a statement to National Law Journal.

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The Republican National Committee denied Thursday violating a decades-old consent decree that limits RNC "ballot security" activities which Democrats say amount to minority voter intimidation, and dismissed Democratic efforts in a court filing this week to have the RNC held in contempt of court.

"The filing is completely meritless," RNC spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in a statement to TPM Thursday. "Just as in all prior elections in which the consent decree was in effect, the RNC strictly abides by the consent decree and does not take part directly or indirectly in any efforts to prevent or remedy vote fraud."

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In a dramatic escalation of a long legal battle between the national Democratic and Republican parties – and in what is arguably a fitting culmination to the year of Donald Trump – the Democratic National Committee is asking a federal court to hold the Republican National Committee in contempt of court for allegedly violating a decades-old consent decree limiting so-called "ballot security" activities at poll places.

The Democrats' filing Wednesday, among other things, ask that the consent decree -- which is set to expire Dec. 17 -- be extended for another eight years. The DNC is also asking the court to block any coordination between Trump and the RNC as it relates to Election Day poll monitoring activities that many fear will amount to voter intimidation.

The legal move by the DNC comes in response to Donald Trump's calls for vigilante "poll watchers" to come out in force nationwide on Election Day. The RNC had hoped to be freed from the consent decree as soon as next year, and Trump's actions now threaten to hobble the GOP for nearly another decade, if Democrats have their way.

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Democratic U.S. lawmakers from Wisconsin sent a letter to the Department of Justice Wednesday requesting that it deploy federal poll monitors to the state after reports that local officials were providing potential voters with inaccurate information about the state's voter ID law. The letter also raised concerns about "potential voter intimidation at polling places, particularly in light of recent, high-profile rhetoric that alleges 'election rigging.'"

"National figures have suggested that there is widespread voter fraud in our country and have encouraged private citizens to monitor voting behaviors of certain communities for potential misconduct," said the Democrats' letter, which was signed by Sen. Tammy Baldwin, and Reps. Gwen Moore, Ron Kind, and Mark Pocan.

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A number of poll places in Texas are disseminating inaccurate and out-dated information about the state's voter ID law, which was softened by court order after an appeals court ruled it discriminatory, The Texas Tribune reported Tuesday.

Voters and voting rights advocates spotted some polling places advertising old posters spelling out the state's ID requirement that did not explain the newly imposed carve-out for voters who faced a reasonable impediments in obtaining the required ID, the Tribune reported. Additionally, some voters heard poll workers telling those waiting in line to vote to get out the required IDs without mentioning the court-approved exemption, the Tribune said.

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