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 manager whose name was on the shell company through which Sheldon Adelson's family purchased the Las Vegas Review-Journal has been removed from any role with the Nevada paper, the Review-Journal reported. He also no longer has a role with the Adelson shell company, the paper reported.

Mark Fabiani -- who is doing public relations for the Review-Journal in light of the controversy over the Adelsons' initially secret purchase of the paper -- confirmed to the Review-Journal that Michael Schroeder "will have no role whatsoever with regard to the paper." A Review-Journal staffer also Tweeted during a Monday with an editor that staffers had been told that Schroeder wouldn't be involved.

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The 2014 showdown at Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Nevada has found its 2016 sequel, with two of his sons among the anti-government extremists taking over a federal wildlife center in Oregon to protest the government’s public land policies.

The situation presents a complicated challenge for authorities seeking to end the standoff peacefully but armed militia members itching for a confrontation. But some observers caution that once it is settled -- however it is ultimately resolved -- those involved must face consequences, unlike Bundy himself, who was never sanctioned for his armed showdown with the government and still owes some $1 million in disputed public grazing fees that triggered the initial incident.

“These folks are militant extremists and they need to be treated as such,” Jessica Goad -- advocacy director at the Center for Western Priorities, a conservation group which has monitored the rise of anti-government groups -- told TPM. “They need to be brought to justice in order for this thing not to keep occurring in the future.”

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In a brief press conference Monday, David Ward, the sheriff of Harney County, Oregon -- where anti-extremists have taken over a federal wildlife center to protest government land polices -- told the occupiers to go home to their families.

"You said you were here to help the citizens of Harney County, that help ended when a peaceful protest became an armed occupation," Ward said. "It is time for you to leave our community. Go home to your families and end this peacefully."

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Wisconsin Republicans are pushing state legislation that would block local governments from issuing voter ID cards -- which are required at the ballot box under a 2011 law -- even though the locals IDs currently being considered in a Milwaukee program aren't meant to be used for voting.

Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard and state Rep. Joe Sanfelippo are floating a proposal that would ​bar towns and counties from issuing photo ID cards to the public,​ according to the Journal Sentinel, ​while placing restrictions on the IDs issued by cities and villages.​ It also would require that any ID issued by local governments to state clearly that it does not meet the state's voter ID requirements.

The memo being circulated claims that the legislation would prevent fraud, and that local IDs would be "potentially misleading, confusing, and unfair to the card's recipient" who would believe he or she qualified for public benefits.

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It looks like Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) will be sticking to the promises about Medicaid he made towards the end of his gubernatorial campaign, instead of those made at its beginning. The Tea Party candidate laid out Wednesday his plans to "transform" -- rather than entirely dismantle -- the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

"We are going to transform the way Medicaid is delivered in Kentucky and this transformation I think will be a model to the nation," Bevin said at a press conference Wednesday.

By continuing Medicaid's expansion under Obamacare, Bevin will join a long line of GOP governors who have railed against the program but eventually come around to supporting it. The pattern is well-established and often includes negotiating with the federal government a special carve-out for a state-specific version of the program, a way to save political face by not seeming to have caved and become an Obamacare supporter.

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Prosecutors are only beginning what will surely be a difficult yet monumental case against Bill Cosby, who was charged Wednesday in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, in an alleged 2004 sexual assault.

But prosecuting rapists and sexual assailants used to be even tougher in the state of Pennsylvania. Thanks to a relatively new law, and a recent court decision upholding it, prosecutors in the Cosby case will be able to counter the rape myths that come with sexual assault charges -- myths that have been in full view in the years that allegations have dogged Bill Cosby.

Only since 2012 have prosecutors in Pennsylvania been allowed to bring in outside experts on sexual abuse to address common behaviors among survivors -- such as waiting to report the assault, self-blame and continuing a relationship with their assailants.

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The most unexpected political story this year was arguably Donald Trump's domination of the early stages of the Republican 2016 primary. But nearly as fascinating was how the rest of the GOP sought to deal with the real-estate-mogul-turned-reality-star's unexpected rise.

Embrace him? Contain him? Dismiss him? Fight him? Those were the questions confronting the party since Trump's entry in the race -- at first viewed with mockery -- in the summer. While Trump could still fall short at the ballot box, he has left his permanent stamp on the entire race and even the Republican Party as a whole.

Here's a look at the various ways the GOP coped with the year of Donald Trump:

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In a extended interview with the Washington Post posted Monday, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said he should have never stated that the Chinese were involved in the Syrian conflict, while also standing by the claim and arguing "that Chinese have physical characteristics that would make them pretty easy to identify in a setting like that."

The two Post reporters -- whom the neurosurgeon hosted in his home last week -- asked the neurosurgeon if he had any regrets, particularly in terms of policy ideas he put forward.

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