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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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The Donald Trump campaign has canceled a major speech on immigration that reportedly was slated for Thursday amidst renewed confusion on his stance on mass deportation.

A spokeswoman for the Trump operation in Colorado said the campaign had been looking into hosting such an event but the plans had changed, the Denver Post reported Monday. The campaign will not be hosting such an event when Trump swings through the state for a fundraiser, but supporters were told in an email "the speech (Trump) was planning on giving is still being modified," according to the Post.

NBC News also confirmed the speech had been postponed, but no reason was given for the reversal.

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A majority of Republicans believe voter fraud is a "major" problem, according to a new Gallup poll, even as in-person fraud is exceedingly rare. Only 26 percent of Democrats think fraudulent voting will be a major problem this election, compared to 52 percent of Republicans. Overall, about a third of the country (36%) thinks voter fraud is a major problem, while 32 percent think it's a minor problem and 29 percent believe it is not a problem at all.

The poll, released Monday, finds broad support for voter ID laws, with four-in-five Americans supporting them. Not surprisingly, Republicans are more likely to be in favor them, with 95 percent percent supporting a photo ID requirement. However, a solid a majority of Democrats (63 percent) back voter ID laws as well.

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A federal judge in Texas Sunday blocked the Obama administration from enforcing guideline released by the Department of Education instructing public schools not to discriminate against transgender students.

The judge, George W. Bush appointee Reed O'Connor, ruled in favor of the 13 states led by Texas suing the Obama administration over the guideline, in which the administration urged school districts across the country to permit transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms matching their identity.

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Jerry Falwell Jr. penned a Washington Post op-ed posted Friday evening that compared Donald Trump to Winston Churchill and warned that Americans will "suffer dire consequences" if they don't line up behind the GOP nominee.

"We are at a crossroads where our first priority must be saving our nation. We need a leader with qualities that resemble those of Winston Churchill, and I believe that leader is Donald Trump," Falwell wrote.

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Donald Trump's recently hired campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Friday that Paul Manafort -- the previous campaign manager who had been moved to the position of chairman -- "was asked" to resign from the campaign. She later added that his abrupt departure "was a mutual decision."

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services fired back at the suggestion by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that the agency was wasting money on Obamacare outreach that could be used on Zika funding.

"The last person who should criticize HHS for not being focused on Zika is the Senate Republican leader who has refused to compromise in order to get a clean, bipartisan funding bill to the President’s desk," an HHS spokesperson said in a statement to TPM Friday evening. The statement was in response to a letter McConnell sent to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell Friday hounding her on reports of a new outreach campaign for Obamacare enrollment.

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Maybe this was a trick he picked up in "The Art of the Deal"

A statement sent out by the Donald Trump campaign from Rudy Giuliani defending Trump's visit to flood-ravaged Louisiana Friday includes a shout out to the former New York mayor's book.

"It is the defining principle of leadership to show up at the scene of a disaster in order to assess damage first hand. It is true leadership to go to an embattled area to rally the American people and provide aid and assistance to those suffering from the disaster," Giuliani said. "These are all points that I explain in great detail in my best-selling book, Leadership, and have lectured on all over the world."

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Only 11 percent of Donald Trump supporters said they were "very confident" that votes across the country will be counted accurately in the upcoming election, according to a new Pew survey, while half of his backers say they are "not too confident" or "not at all confident" that those votes will be counted correctly.

The findings, released Friday, come after weeks of Trump comments in campaign speeches and in interviews that if he lost to Hillary Clinton it would be because the election was "rigged."

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Late update: The Department of Health and Human Services responded to a letter sent by McConnell suggesting the agency was wasting money on Obamacare outreach that could be used for Zika. "The last person who should criticize HHS for not being focused on Zika is the Senate Republican leader who has refused to compromise in order to get a clean, bipartisan funding bill to the President’s desk," an HHS spokesperson said. Read more here.

As pressure grows on Congress to pass additional Zika funding, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) used recent instability in the Obamacare exchanges to deflect blame on the White House.

McConnell sent a letter Friday to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell demanding details on how the administration will fund a reported Obamacare enrollment campaign, while asking "why it believes that such funds would be better spent propping up the failed Obamacare exchanges than other important public health priorities - such as preventing the spread of Zika."

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