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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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Approving legislation that would essentially ban abortion would bring a governor said to be on Donald Trump's veep list a costly court battle for a cash-strapped state and a lot of negative attention.

Will Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) sign it anyway?

In some ways, the choice she faces has become somewhat commonplace in the governors' mansions of red states across the country: Greenlight an obviously unconstitutional anti-abortion bill passed by a Republican legislature and invite an expensive court legal battle, or save the state the trouble by vetoing it at the risk of ticking off the social conservative base.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview with the CNN Thursday that the scene at Nevada's Democratic convention last weekend was "disturbing."

Asked by CNN's Chris Cuomo about Sen. Bernie Sanders response to what happened at the convention, Clinton said, "I have every confidence we’re going to be unified."

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The GOP-controlled House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday that restricts that display of the Confederate Flag on cemeteries run by Department of Veterans Affairs.

Even allowing the floor vote was a major moment for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), as GOP leadership has largely avoided holding votes on the contentious issue after the the mass shooting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, reignited the debate over Confederate flags. Similar legislation derailed an appropriations bill last summer, when former Rep. John Boehner held the speaker's gavel.

"Last year it stopped the appropriations process in its tracks," Ryan said at press conference after Thursday's vote, according to The Hill. "What changed is we have to get through these things, and if we're going to have open rules and appropriations, which we have, which is regular order, people are going to have to take tough votes."

The House voted 265-159, with 84 Republicans joining nearly all of the Democrats, to approve the amendment, which was part of the fiscal 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill, according to The Post and Courier. The amendment had been introduced late last night by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), and it bars large-scale displays of the flag at V.A. ceremonies, while allowing families of deceased veterans to display small flags on individual graves on certain days of the year, according to The Hill

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The campaign manager for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) shot down reports that the scene at the Nevada's Democratic convention last weekend was violent and expressed doubt about the accounts from some of the party officials present that they felt threatened by the protests of Sanders' supporters.

Jeff Weaver was asked by CNN's Jake Tapper Wednesday whether those officials who said that they had feared for their lives were making it up.

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A lesson to judges who use social media: Be careful of the jokes you make mocking a presidential candidate. You never know if you'll end up on his or her list of potential Supreme Court nominees

Don Willett, one of the judges named by Donald Trump Wednesday as a possible pick for the nation's highest court, is best known as a conservative justice on the Texas Supreme Court. But for those on legal Twitter, he is also known to be pretty funny. Willett's Twitter feed is a glorious litany of clever memes, silly gifs and 140-character jokes. Not surprisingly (though, now, ironically) some of those jokes have been made at Trump's expense and have mocked the outrageous twists his campaign has taken.

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The chaos at Saturday’s Nevada Democratic Convention in Las Vegas has became a potent symbol for the schism that continues to rile the party, as Hillary Clinton -- who is likely to win the nomination in the weeks to come -- attempts to unify Bernie Sanders supporters behind her for a general election showdown against Donald Trump.

The themes that have roiled the Democratic primary came to a head at various points during the day, with Sanders supporters revolting at what they perceived to be power moves against them. Since then, the Sanders campaign has rebutted the reports of violence while insisting Saturday’s frustrations were just another example of an election being “rigged” against the Democratic socialist.

While there remains considerable dispute over what exactly transpired Saturday, it didn't happen under the media radar. A reasonably definitive understanding of events can be pieced together from contemporaneous local news reports and videos posted to social media, as well as subsequent reporting after the fact. What emerges is a picture of yelling, unrest and disruption from Sanders supporters outraged over what they perceived as unfair treatment by the party and reportedly urged on by Sanders operatives. Ultimately, the Democratic official who was tasked to lead the convention has, in its wake, been on the receiving end of threatening voicemails and texts messages.

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A federal judge late Tuesday ordered Kansas to restore the voting rights of some 18,000 residents who had been kicked off the voting rolls because they did not provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote at the DMV.

Judge Julie A. Robinson, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, issued a preliminary injunction on part of the state's proof-of-citizenship voting law in response to a lawsuit challenging the law filed by the ACLU on behalf the League of Women Voters of Kansas and individual voters. It is one of a number of legal challenges percolating around the Kansas requirement that has been championed by Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

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Late update: Sen. Sanders responded to the complaint filed by the Nevada Dems in a statement Tuesday that downplayed the reports of violence while accusing the state party of not operating transparently.

After a chaotic state convention in Nevada during which Bernie Sanders supporters interrupted and even threatened Dem officials over byzantine delegation rules, the state Democratic Party warned the Democratic National Committee of the potential for similar trouble at the national convention in July.

Nevada State Democratic Party general counsel Bradley S. Schrager filed a complaint Monday afternoon with the national party's rules and bylaws committee. The complaint, via Ralston Reports, accused the Sanders campaign of "either ignoring or profiting from the chaos it did much to create and nothing to diminish or mitigate." It said the efforts that Sanders representatives did make to calm the ruckus were merely "token gestures."

"We believe, unfortunately, that the tactics and behavior on display here in Nevada are harbingers of things to come as Democrats gather in Philadelphia in July for our National Convention," the complaint said.

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An obituary for a Virginia grandmother and former nurse claimed her death stemmed from the upcoming election.

"Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the age of 68," the obituary, published Tuesday in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, said.

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