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 anti-abortion groups that have bashed Donald Trump for screwing up their messaging during the primaries are now singing his praises after he reportedly hired as an adviser John Mashburn, who was praised by one top advocate as "a smart strategist with deep pro-life roots."

"If I were running for president, I would want John Mashburn as a top advisor, too," Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, wrote at The Pulse 2016. "Congratulations on your new hire, Mr. Trump. If elected, no doubt John Mashburn will serve you well as you fulfill your campaign promises to defund Planned Parenthood, advance and sign into law the popular Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and appoint Justices to the bench who will protect and defend the Constitution."

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Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee who has made criticism of politicians' cozy relationship with Wall Street a hallmark of his campaign, has named Steven Mnuchin his finance chair. Mnunch spent 17 years working for Goldman Sachs before launching his own hedge fund, according to a Variety story about his involvement in a bankruptcy mess at a Hollywood studio.

"Steven is a professional at the highest level with an extensive and very successful financial background. He brings unprecedented experience and expertise to a fundraising operation that will benefit the Republican Party and ultimately defeat Hillary Clinton,” Trump said in a statement announcing Mnunch's position on the campaign.

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Want to pack your state’s Supreme Court? Well, Arizona has provided a model.

Arizona Republicans are about to get two more justices on the state Supreme Court thanks to a bill approved by the legislature and heading to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk that will expand the court from five to seven members and allow the Republican Ducey to appoint the new justices.

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A former aide to John McCain, who served both as the Arizona senator's chief of staff and a senior advisor on his 2008 presidential campaign, made clear Tuesday that he would vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the general election.

"I'm with her," Mark Salter tweeted, referring to Clinton's campaign slogan, after noting the likely nomination of Trump, "a guy who reads the National Enquirer and thinks it's on the level."

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A 40-year-old Florida man accused of plotting a terror attack on a local synagogue wanted to pin the blame on ISIS and allegedly recorded a video warning "ISIS is in the house.” To cement the ISIS connection, he allegedly considered leaving "a note or a banner ... that ... resembles the letters of Arabic."

"We could make it up," he was allegedly caught saying on tape.

What the man, James Medina, didn't know was that he was the target of a FBI sting. He was arrested Friday, according to the Miami Herald, after buying a dummy bomb from an undercover agent and approaching the synagogue with it, authorities said. The affidavit alleged that Medina repeatedly expressed his desire to attack the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center in the Miami area and had no problem with killing women and children in the process, according to the transcripts.

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A candidate who exploited white resentment and racist rhetoric.

A bitter primary fight that threatened to sever the Republican Party.

Warnings of a catastrophic GOP defeat in the general election.

There are many similarities between Donald Trump’s journey to the top of the 2016 GOP heap and the nomination of Barry Goldwater in 1964. But there’s one place where current reality could depart from historical parallels: Don’t expect Republicans to publicly rebuke Trump, the way some moderate GOPers did during and after Goldwater's 1964 nomination.

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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who ran for president in 2012 and is considered one of the more moderate voices in the Republican Party, called upon Donald Trump foes to back off of their crusade to stop Trump from becoming the GOP nominee.

“We've had enough intraparty fighting. Now's the time to stitch together a winning coalition,” Huntsman told Politico. “And it's been clear almost from the beginning that Donald Trump has the ability to assemble a nontraditional bloc of supporters. … The ability to cut across traditional party boundaries — like '80, '92 and 2008 — will be key, and Trump is much better positioned to achieve that.”

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If you're a SnapChat user attending the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday, there will be a filter for you to broadcast your feelings about Supreme Court's current vacancy, in addition to the app's usual puppy face-selfies and rainbow vomit.

The Constitutional Responsibility Project -- an advocacy group calling for Senate Republicans to drop their blockade on President Obama's nominee Merrick Garland -- purchased a geotagged Snapchat filter that will available Saturday to users around the Washington Hilton, where the dinner that brings together reporters, politicians, and celebrities is being held.

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The Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have a message for their Republican counterparts, who are leading the blockade on President Obama's Supreme Court nominee: If you care so much about giving America a voice, give us a hearing on voting rights!

The nine Democrats on the committee sent a letter Friday to its Republicans leaders -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the chair of the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), chair of its subcommittee on the Constitution -- demanding a hearing on voting rights, which the committee has not hosted since the GOP took over the Senate. They pointed to the 2013 Supreme Court decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act and the electoral and legal chaos that has ensued since. But they also used the letter to call out the same Republicans for refusing to grant Obama's nominee Merrick Garland a hearing.

"It is ironic that Senate Republicans would claim to give the American people a voice, but at the same time allow sweeping voting restrictions to be enacted that would silence many of these Americans - a disproportionate number of whom are minorities," the letter said.

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