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 same Republicans who have argued that gay couples should not be allowed to marry, that LGBT Americans don't need federal anti-discrimination protections and that trans people should not use the bathroom that matches their identity are now claiming that they -- not Democrats -- are the party on the LGBT community's side.

Their reasoning? That somehow, in the wake of the Orlando shooting at a gay night club that left 49 people dead, there's now a mutually exclusive choice between supporting Muslims and protecting gay people, and Democrats have chosen the former.

The unlovely premise of that rationale is that all Muslims are terrorists, as one Republican congressman has baldly stated.

"Democrats are in a perplexing position. On the one hand, they’re trying to appeal to the gay community, but, on the other hand, they’re trying to also appeal to the Muslim community, which, if it had its way, would kill every homosexual in the United States of America,” Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) said on a radio show Thursday.

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Republican Rep. Mo Brooks (AL) said Thursday that Democrats "are in a perplexing position" between appealing to the gay community and "to the Muslim community, which, if it had its way, would kill every homosexual in the United States of America.”

Brooks made the remarks, first picked up by BuzzFeed, on the Matt & Aunie show on WAPI radio, where he was asked why "the left refuses to face this fact" that "mainstream Muslim thought" says homosexuality is punishable by death.

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Donald Trump promised he wasn't going to change after becoming the presumptive GOP nominee. He hasn't -- or he can't. It's killing his electoral chances.

What worked for Trump in the GOP primaries isn’t work for him in the general election, where his brand of bombastic, xenophobic fear-mongering doesn't play in front of a different audience of voters.

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Louisiana's Medicaid expansion marked a major breakthrough for Obamacare as the first state in the Gulf South to opt into the program, a move only possible after Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards won the governor's mansion last year.

But now that the program has been open for enrollment for two weeks, the dramatic success the state has had in bringing residents into the program has attracted national attention.

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A new Bloomberg poll published Tuesday shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump 49 percent to 37 percent among likely voters nationwide. It also showed that 55 percent of those polled said that they would never vote for Trump.

The survey was taken Friday through Monday among 1,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and over, 750 of them likely voters. The margin of error for questions asked of all participants was 3.1 percentage points, while the questions geared to likely voters have a 3.6 percent margin or error.

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FBI officials told participants on a conference call late Monday that they would investigate the reports that the alleged shooter behind the Orlando massacre was conflicted about his sexuality, the Guardian reported. The move comes as multiple people have come forward with accounts about the alleged shooter, Omar Mateen, that suggest his sexuality may have played a role in the shooting, which left nearly 50 people at a gay night club dead.

One former policy academy colleague of Mateen's told the Palm Beach Post that Mateen had asked him out and they had frequented gay clubs together. The Orlando Sentinel published a report that regulars at Pulse, the Orlando night club targeted early Sunday, had seen Mateen at the club a number of times before the shooting. He also is believed to have had a profile on a gay dating app, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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The months-long rift rocking the Republican Party in the Virgin Islands got "The Daily Show" treatment Monday evening, with correspondent Jordan Klepper traveling to the island paradise to delve into the dispute.

The underlying dynamics of the current dispute haven't changed much. The U.S. Virgin Island GOP is split over which slate of delegates should be sent to July's National Republican Convention in Cleveland: the delegation led by John Yob, a longtime GOP operative previously based in Michigan; or the selection of alternate delegates pushed forward by the USVI GOP Party Chair John Canegata, who says Yob and his crew are ineligible to serve on the island territory's delegation.

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The man allegedly behind the largest mass shooting in American history purchased his weapons from a gun dealer and shooting range whose owner has in the past posted anti-Muslim and anti-President Obama comments on Facebook, the New York Daily News reported.

ATF Agent Sal van Susteren confirmed to the New York Daily News that accused Orlando shooter Omar Mateen purchased the weapons he used in the weekend's massacre at St. Lucie Shooting Center, not far from Mateen's apartment in Fort Pierce, Florida.

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Outgoing U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, whose departure from the Justice Department was announced earlier this month, told the New York Times his biggest regret as the federal government's top trial lawyer was losing in a major voting rights case, Shelby County v. Holder.

“There are some powerful real-world consequences that followed very quickly from that decision,” Verrilli said, in an interview published over the weekend. “It was an iconic statute and an important part of American history. That was a tough loss.”

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Donald Trump's speech to an evangelical conference in Washington Friday was disrupted by demonstrators who protested his remarks bashing the U.S. policy of accepting Syrian refugees.

After condemning "radical Islam," in remarks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition summit Thursday in Washington, D.C., Trump bashed his general election rival Hillary Clinton because "she wants a 500 percent increase in Syrian refugees to come into our country."

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