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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If there is one clear message that could be derived from a unanimous but unsigned Supreme Court opinion on a major contraceptive case, it is this: Everyone is just going to need to get along and keep the Supreme Court out of it.

The short, three-page opinion in the closely watched case of Zubik v. Burwell was riddled with ambiguity, uncertainty and even contradiction. The Supreme Court's non-decision to punt the issue reflects not just its intractability, exacerbated by the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, but also hints of trouble to come when the case goes back down to lower courts.

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The former staffer to a Wisconsin state Republican senator who went public last month with accusations that the state's voter ID law was passed by GOPers looking for a political advantage elaborated on the claims in federal court Monday and identified the previously unnamed legislators he said were gleeful over the law.

Todd Allbaugh, testifying in a case challenging the law, named then-Sens. Mary Lazich, Glenn Grothman, Leah Vukmir and Randy Hopper as being "giddy" in a 2011 private caucus meeting about passing the bill, the Journal Sentinel reported. Allbaugh previously confirmed to TPM that Grothman, now a U.S. congressman, was among the state legislators who cheered the political implications of the voter ID requirement -- which opponents say disenfranchise minorities and lower income people -- after Grothman told a local TV station it would help Republicans win the state in 2016.

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In a surprise move Monday, the Supreme Court punted on a major Obamacare case challenging the law's contraceptive mandate, and specifically, how it accommodates religious nonprofits that object to birth control. The Supreme Court sent the case back to lower courts to examine an alternative accommodation to the mandate that the court had been briefed on by both parties in the case after the oral arguments.

The move -- which comes as the Supreme Court is down a justice with Justice Antonin Scalia's death -- allowed the court to avoid what looked like a split decision after March's oral arguments. The Supreme Court was able to stay away from the thorny trade-offs between health care policy and religious freedom, a legal landscape that got much more complicated after the Supreme Court's ruling in 2014's Hobby Lobby case.

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As the fight heats up over transgender Americans' access to the bathroom of their gender identity, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) labeled President Obama the "bathroom police" Saturday for his administration's directive warning against discrimination of trans students in public schools.

"There is nothing in the Constitution that gives the president the power to be the bathroom police for this country,” Cruz said in remarks at Texas' GOP convention, according to the Hill. "This is an embodiment of just how off track we’ve gotten, that the president believes he can decree to every public school in America, ‘I, Barack Obama, am in charge of bathroom policy in your elementary school.’"

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Among the possible alternatives to Donald Trump his foes have attempted to recruit for a third party bid include a non-politician very much of the Trump mold.

According to a report in the Washington Post, members of the "Never Trump" movement reached out to Mark Cuban, an outspoken billionaire and star of the reality show "Shark Tank." Cuban confirmed to the Post that he had been asked to run for president as a conservative option to Trump, but would not say specifically who tried to recruit him.

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The reporter who interviewed a man calling himself "John Miller" -- who many believe was actually Donald Trump pretending to be his own PR spokesman -- suggested Friday that Trump himself leaked the tape of their conversation, as she claims to have lost the recording years ago.

Sue Carswell, who spoke to "Miller" in the 1990s when she was working for People magazine, told Megyn Kelly Friday evening that, "The main thing here is that I didn't leak the tape, and there are two people on the conversation.”

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Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus did not have kind words for conservatives who would prefer to back a third party alternative rather than support presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

"They may as well jump off the top floor of a building because that’s what we’d be doing by having a third party," Priebus told Reuters Friday, arguing that supporting a third party candidate would hand over the White House to a Democrat.

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GOP megadoner Sheldon Adelson might spend as much as $100 million to support Donald Trump's bid for the White House, according to a New York Times report, while pulling back his funding for down-the-ballot races and other Republican efforts. The casino mogul told Trump he would financially back his campaign at a closed-door meeting last week, two Republicans close to Adelson told the Times, and the amount pledged would exceed Adelson's spending on previous campaigns.

The move comes as other major Republican donors, including the Koch brothers, have balked at supporting Trump. Trump bragged about being self-financed throughout the primary race (though he was receiving some contributions). He has now said he intends to fundraise for his general election battle with likely Dem nominee Hillary Clinton.

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After Donald Trump's much-ballyhooed trip Thursday to Capitol Hill, some Republican senators present in his meeting with GOP Senate leadership praised him for his willingness to "listen" behind closed doors.

"He was like I've always known: very straightforward ... very open about what he believes, very cordial," Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) -- the most-senior Republican senator and one of those present at the meeting -- told reporters in the Capitol Thursday afternoon.

"I've always been impressed, but I was really impressed today," Hatch said.

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Donald Trump treated the 2016 primary cycle like a WWE wrestling match. So, when it comes to uniting Republicans around him -- let alone Americans -- he's in a steel cage death match against ... himself.

The Donald Trump “make nice” tour makes a stop Thursday on Capitol Hill, where the presumptive GOP nominee will attempt to mend fences with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and other Republican leaders he spent most of the last year needling. For months on end, he has ran a campaign fueled by insults and Twitter beefs, antagonizing some of the very people he will depend on in his general election battle.

There's a lot of talk about Trump making the so-called pivot to the general election -- and a lot of disagreement about whether he can or even wants to. But to put it in pro wrestling argot, Trump must execute the pivot from "heel" to "face." From bad boy villain to pretty boy hero. Here is look at who Trump must convince that he has given up his villainous ways.

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