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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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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Risqué photographic evidence that cast doubt on Melania Trump's account of immigrating to the United States was based on a faulty report, according to the French photographer who shot the nude pics. Photos taken of Trump in Manhattan in the mid-1990s for the French magazine Max were printed in a February 1997 issue of the magazine, not the January 1996 issue, as the New York Post reported in July, the photographer confirmed to TPM Wednesday.

The dates of the issue and the photoshoot were important, because they were used as evidence that Trump was living and working in the United States as early as 1995, which contradicted her account of when she immigrated to America.

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Debt limit crises are so 2013. House Republican hardliners have found a new outlet to express their frustration with President Obama’s tyrannical rule -- and with the GOP leadership's foot-dragging -- in the form an impeachment vote against a mid-level figure in the administration.

The move, deemed unprecedented by some congressional scholars, comes as Republicans had sought to keep their members in line ahead of what has been an already treacherous election for the GOP. Caught in the crosshairs is IRS Commissioner John Koskinen (pictured), the bureaucrat who was brought in to clean up a controversy at the tax agency and who now faces an impeachment vote this week. GOP leaders gave their rank-and-file plenty of venues to vent about what they have deemed a botched investigation into allegations that the IRS was targeting conservative groups. Their efforts to tamp down the rebellion were rebuffed by procedural moves led by House Freedom Caucus members Tuesday.

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A new Census report finds that the uninsured rate continues to shrink since the passage of Obamacare, with only 9.1 percent of Americans reporting not having health insurance in 2015, according to a Census study released on Tuesday. The uninsured rate has decreased by 1.3 percentage points from 2014, the report said.

The report said that the decrease in uninsured rates was driven by both private insurance gains -- where the rate in private coverage gained 1.2 percentage points -- and by an expansion of government coverage. "[T]the government coverage rate increased by 0.6 percentage points to 37.1 percent," the report summary said.

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After repeatedly calling for an apology from Hillary Clinton for her remarks that "half" of Donald Trump supporters are a "basket of deplorables," Trump's running mate refused to say Monday whether Trump should apologize for his lengthy "birther" crusade against President Obama.

"We're just not talking about that issue. It's a 4-year-old issue," Mike Pence told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, later adding that he believes Obama was born in Hawaii.

"It's not what the American people are talking about, it really isn't," he said.

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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) took a victory lap days after the Justice Department announced it was dropping corruption charges against him, saying Monday that he was "delighted to finally be vindicated and free."

"The government portrayed a false narrative. There was no quid pro quo," McDonnell told Fox News' Neil Cavuto.

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