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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Georgia's Republican Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday will veto a so-called "religious liberty" bill that had been criticized by civil rights groups for being anti-LGBT, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Deal said that the legislation "doesn’t reflect the character of our state or the character of its people."

"Georgia is a welcoming state. It is full of loving, kind and generous people and that is what we should want," he said at the press conference announcing the veto.

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Reports of Arizona voters waiting for as long as fives hours to cast their ballots is bringing intense scrutiny on local elections officials as well as renewed criticism of the 2013 Supreme Court decision that allowed them to make major changes to polling plans without the approval of the federal government.

Most of the coverage since Tuesday's voting problems has focused on two things: First, Maricopa County, Arizona’s most populated region, reduced polling places from 200 to 60 in an effort to save money; and second, that’s the kind of change in the voting regimen that federal officials would have blocked until the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder.

But the picture is more complicated, voting rights experts and former Justice Department officials tell TPM.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to win the Washington caucus Saturday as the Vermont socialist tries to catch up with rival Hillary Clinton in the delegate count. His victory was called by MSNBC and AP at about 6:30 p.m. EST.

The Sanders campaign poured a considerable effort in the state, where his platform was well-received by young liberals and he hosted a rally in Seattle Friday evening.

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Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus spoke to the Journal Sentinel Wednesday about the state of the 2016 race, where he was asked about those appalled by the some of the rhetoric whether it was "what was on Twitter last night" or at some of the debates.

"I believe that family members should be left out of the conversation," Priebus said, appearing to refer to the recent insults hurled at Donald Trump's and Ted Cruz's wives. "And I do think that overall some of these things are not helpful."

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The line Senate Republicans have drawn on refusing to consider President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland continues to wiggle as a spokeswoman for GOPers on the Senate Judiciary Committee told Buzzfeed that Republicans "assume the administration will fill out the standard questionnaire submitted for judicial nominations."

Her statement points to what is typically the next step in the Supreme Court nomination process. However, the spokeswoman, Beth Levine, repeated GOP leadership's stance that “a majority of the Senate has made clear that the American people should have an opportunity to weigh in on this vacancy.”

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In in extensive interview with the New York Times posted Saturday, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump outlined his views on foreign policy and said he would be willing as an "absolute last step" to use a nuclear weapon first in an altercation with another country.

"[I]t’s the biggest problem the world has, nuclear capability," Trump said. "I think it’s the single biggest problem. When people talk global warming, I say the global warming that we have to be careful of is the nuclear global warming."

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A tiny bird made a surprise appearance on the podium of a Bernie Sanders rally in Seattle Friday evening, getting a standing ovation from the crowd and spawning a series of #BirdieSanders memes.

As Sen. Sanders (I-VT) touted his campaign platform for college access the crowd noticed a bird lingering near the stage. Sanders worked the bird's presence into his riff to the delight of the crowd, which erupted in cheers when the bird landed on his lectern.

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As Donald Trump lurches toward a delegate count that would win him the GOP nomination, frightened Republicans have floated yet another alternative plan in the case that he tops the GOP’s 2016 ticket: a third party or independent bid by a respectable conservative who would give voters frustrated by the choice between Trump and Hillary Clinton another option.

It’s an idea that has been touted by #NeverTrump-ers like neocon Bill Kristol and Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) who want to stymie the damage they see Trump doing to their party but can’t bring themselves to vote for Clinton. A group of conservative activists and GOP operatives met in Washington last week to discuss the path forward if Republicans were to pursue that alternative. Trump, meanwhile, is warning such a scenario would “destroy the country.”

Experts in ballot access and independent presidential campaigns told TPM that, in a purely logistical sense, a third party or independent presidential bid is still feasible. But whether anti-Trump Republicans literally still have time to get a conservative alternative on the ballot almost misses the point. The effort, which will be costly and still needs big-bucks donors, comes with its own set of political risks that call into question the entire undertaking, including the very real possibility that it will make Hillary Clinton the next president.

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