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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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was not too enthusiastic Thursday when talking about Donald Trump as his party's presumptive presidential nominee, telling the radio show WBAL News Now with Bryan Nehman that Trump's personal insults "ought to stop."

"I don’t think it adds any value whatsoever to the discourse. It is something about him that I don’t care for,” he said, in comments first picked up by Buzzfeed.

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Donald Verrilli will step down from his position as U.S. solicitor general, a role her served for five years, the White House announced Thursday.

In a statement, President Obama praised him for fightin "in our nation’s highest court for a better future, winning landmark cases that moved America forward."

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Virginia's Supreme Court announced it will hold a special session in July to hear the lawsuit brought by Republican state legislators challenging Gov. Gov. Terry McAuliffe's (D) move to restore the voting rights of convicted felons in the state. The court will hear the case July 19, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, after Republicans urged the justices in court filings for a decision by August 25 ahead of November's election.

Republicans in the state were infuriated by McAuliffe's April executive order to give some 200,000 convicted felons their voting rights back, dismissing it as a gambit to help get Hillary Clinton elected.

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The target of Donald Trump’s latest barrage of attacks is no stranger to ugly threats.

Back in the late 1990s, Gonzalo Curiel -- then a federal prosecutor, now the federal judge handling two high-profile cases against Trump University -- was believed to have had a hit placed on him by one of Mexico’s most dangerous cartels.

“This is typical Trump bullying tactics, but they’re not going to work on a man who survived a contract taken on his life by the Arellano Felix organization,” Jason Forge, a lawyer representing the challengers in a class-action lawsuit against Trump University, told TPM.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) dismissed the efforts to restore the Voting Rights Act after it was gutted by 2013 Supreme Court decision.

“A lot of this in my view doesn’t have anything to do with anything other than their estimation of what would give them an electoral advantage,” McConnell told USA Today, suggesting the efforts were motivated by Democratic partisanship. “It’s not really about knocking down barriers. There are no serious barriers to voting anymore anywhere in America.”

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The name has leaked of the potential presidential candidate Bill Kristol and other #NeverTrump-ers hope will save them from the Sophie's choice of voting either for the Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Kristol is attempting to recruit conservative lawyer and war vet David French to mount an independent bid, according to a report by Bloomberg Politics’ Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

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The ongoing House Republican effort to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over his handling of the so-called “IRS targeting scandal” took a turn towards creative filmmaking last week during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

The testimony of witness Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight committee, revolved around an extended video created by his office and played for the committee. The video was a ten-and-a-half-minute, slickly-produced recounting of GOP allegations of Koskinen's supposed misconduct. It bore a closer resemblance to a campaign attack ad than to the sort of the evidence typically provided in a congressional hearing.

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the ranking Democrat on the committee, called the move to play it during Chaffetz's testimony “a little bit unusual.”

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A former IRS official, under a congressional subpoena, said he had doubts about the administration’s rationale for funding Obamacare subsidies that are at the heart of a House Republican lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act, according to a New York Times report published Sunday. His deposition was part of a Republican-led House committee investigation and, in a moment of partisan jockeying, the deposition was made public by Democrats on the committee, who sought to get ahead of a potential Republican leak, according to the Times.

The official, David Fisher, who worked for the IRS as financial risk officer, recounted in a May 11 deposition for House Ways and Means Committee investigators a January 2014 meeting during which IRS officials were taken to an Old Executive Office Building conference room. There, they were shown a Office of Management and Budget memo justifying the administration’s funding of billions of dollars in health insurance subsidies. They were not allowed to take notes or copy the memo, according the Times, and the IRS officials were also told that then-Attorney General Eric Holder had approved of the rationale.

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