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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As Donald Trump’s attacks on U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel's Mexican heritage were being roundly condemned, he and his supporters turned their fire on an innocent bystander: The San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, which counts Curiel among its members.

San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association is a pretty typical professional group that promotes diversity and Latino empowerment in the legal community. You can find similar organizations for African American lawyers, Asian lawyers, female lawyers and so forth, as well as parallel organizations in almost every other industry.

Now, thanks to a smear campaign by Trump and his supporters, who have used Curiel's connections to the group to justify the presumptive GOP nominee's attacks on him, the attorneys group has had to defend itself against claims of having a "radical" agenda, being racist, and of unduly influencing Curiel. Like other institutions and people targeted by Trump and his associates, the attention has also led a backlash of "hateful" phone calls, emails and Facebook post, according to the group.

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In effort to educate Nevada voters on the candidates in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate, Sharon Angle, the GOP nominee in the 2010 race who is running for the seat again, listed a website for rival Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) that redirects to to the website cartoonsex.com

In a newsletter linked from her campaign website called the "The Angle Examiner," a table comparing the various' candidates in the race lists Heck's website as www.joeheck.com. The website www.joeheck.com redirects to a website called "Cartoon Sex" that features graphic illustrations and videos of, well, cartoons having sex. Heck's campaign website is actually www.drjoeheck.com.

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The Obamacare-fueled fireworks, poison pills and government shutdown threats that have become commonplace in the funding fights of the Obama era may be nowhere to be found this year, if a ho-hum subcommittee vote on a normally contentious appropriations bill is a sign of where things are headed.

The bill, the Labor-Health and Human Services appropriations bill, is usually the site of a variety of partisan flash points, Obamacare funding not the least of them. It provides funding for Health and Human Services as well as the Labor Department, and thus, in the past, has provided an opportunity for Republicans to take swipes at some of the Obama initiatives they hate the most. The funding legislation for FY 2017 that passed out of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday was the first Labor-HHS appropriations bill in seven years to be cobbled together in a bipartisan fashion, without any new policy riders.

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The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., will remove portions of its stained glass windows bearing the Confederate battle flag, the Washington Post reported. The windows themselves commemorating Confederate Gens. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee will remain in the cathedral for now, but the church will use their presence to organize a series of events examining "race and racial justice," Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, the Cathedral’s canon theologian, said.

The effort to remove the Confederate flags comes a year after the cathedral’s then-dean Rev. Gary Hall questioned their placement in the church, shortly after the massacre of nine African Americans in a South Carolina black church by a white supremacist spurred a national debate over the flag's role in society.

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Donald Trump may have released a watered-down statement and given a tempered primary night speech after the onslaught of GOP condemnations he received for his attacks of a federal judge, but he's not ready to back down fully yet.

On Sean Hannity's Fox News show Tuesday evening, Trump said he did not regret the comments he made about U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over lawsuits against Trump University.

"I like to say what it is, and so many people are now seeing that this whole thing is a disgrace," Trump said.

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As the Democratic primary comes close to wrapping up, Bernie Sanders' campaign is planning to lay off at least half its staff, the New York Times reported. The move comes after Hillary Clinton reportedly has secured the delegates necessary to win the nomination, though Sanders has showed few signs of backing down from his vow to take the race all the way to the convention.

The New York Times based its report on two unnamed sources: a current campaign official and a former staffer. Some of the campaign staff departing the campaign may find positions in his Senate office, the report said.

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Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton speak at a rally in Brooklyn as results come in from the New Jersey, California, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota primaries. Her speech comes the day after AP reported she had earned the delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination.

She is expected speak around 10 p.m. ET. Watch live here.

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Donald Trump gave a relatively subdued primary night speech Tuesday notable not because it marked any landmark wins (as the last GOP candidate standing, he was expected to win all of the night's contests), but because it came after a week of controversy over Trump's attacks on a federal judge.

On Tuesday, after facing heavy criticisms from even his fellow Republicans, Trump read what sounded like as close as he's gotten to a typical stump speech. He also did not take questions from the press.

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Donald Trump promised in primary night remarks Tuesday that he would deliver a "major" speech "probably Monday of next week" to discuss "all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons."

His remarks Tuesday name-checked some of Republicans' favorite controversies surrounding presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, including her private email server.

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