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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A motion by Kim Davis -- the anti-gay marriage clerk in Kentucky -- to halt a requirement that she issue marriage licenses to gay couples was denied by a federal appeals court Tuesday.

Davis is suing Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear (D) and state librarian Wayne Onkst for enforcing a requirement that Kentucky clerks grant same-sex marriage licenses, which she objects to on religious grounds. She had ask the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to temporarily halt the requirement while the lawsuit proceeds.

"Davis has not demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success on her federal constitutional claims," the panel of judges said in their order denying the request.

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As the Sept. 30 deadline to fund the federal government approaches and conservatives dig in on a fight to defund Planned Parenthood, the White House and Senate Democratic leadership signaled they would be open to a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown.

From the Senate floor Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said that any short-term bill must be "clean."

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A leading conservative lawmaker eager to dethrone House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is ratcheting up the pressure for a shutdown battle over Planned Parenthood that neither Boehner nor Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) want and are trying desperately to avoid.

“I cannot and will not fund a vile, racist organization who specializes in convincing mothers to kill their children and then selling their baby parts to the highest bidder," Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) said in a written statement to TPM Tuesday. "During the funding debate two years ago, Mitch McConnell finagled a $2.8 billion dam for his home state. And now when it comes to keeping his pro-life campaign promises, I’m pretty certain he still knows how the process works.”

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and his predecessor, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley, are squabbling over furniture O'Malley allegedly took with him upon his 2015 departure from the governor's mansion.

Hogan accused O'Malley of being "misleading" in his account of when O'Malley showed the Hogans the mansion before the Hogans moved in.

"He has been misleading, no question about it," Hogan said at a news conference Tuesday, according to The Baltimore Sun. "At no time did Governor O'Malley or the first lady mention any plan to take 54 pieces of furniture."

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The University of Florida vs. Florida State rivalry that long has dominated college football in the Sunshine state has spilled over into the presidential race.

The trash talking started when University of Florida alum Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) told Monday Iowa's KXNO 1460 AM, "Look, I don't have anything against Florida State. I think there has to be a school where people who can't get into [University of] Florida can go to college."

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A North Carolina lawmaker is defending his sharing of a Facebook meme that imagines Benjamin Netanyahu calling President Obama a "coward" and "Islamic son of a bitch."

The meme, which state Rep. Michael Speciale (R) publicly shared on his Facebook Sept. 5, shows a picture of the Israeli prime minister speaking to Obama and envisions a conversation in which Netanyahu tells Obama "Look you Islamic son of a bitch, unless you give all your land back to the native indians, don't pretend to lecture Israeli's [sic] about our borders when you can't control your own."

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While GOP leadership's plan to let lawmakers blow steam at Planned Parenthood has shown no sign of defusing a possible government shutdown, Rep. Charlie Dent, a moderate Republican from Pennsylvania, is offering his own escape route.

The New York Times reports that Dent will push a compromise bill that would target the federal funding of only a handful of Planned Parenthood affiliates accused of selling aborted fetal tissue, rather than block the $500 million or so in federal funding to the entire reproductive health organization.

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The plan hatched by the GOP leadership in Congress to appease abortion hardliners and avoid a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding shows little sign of working so far.

Facing a Sept. 30 deadline to fund the government, GOP leaders in both chambers decided they would fast-track standalone anti-abortion bills in an effort to allow conservative Republicans to express their anger over a series of “sting” videos claiming to show that Planned Parenthood is illegally harvesting the tissue of aborted fetuses. The leadership hoped that with those votes out of the way, the path would be clear for long-delayed bills to fund the government in the new fiscal year, even if those bills contained money for Planned Parenthood.

But anti-abortion groups and conservative House members are not backing down from their hard line. They are reiterating that they will not vote for bills that include Planned Parenthood funding under any circumstances, despite the maneuvering by leaders to vent their outrage over the videos. If anything, anti-abortion groups are amping up the pressure on lawmakers not to back down from the fight.

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GOP presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich had some harsh words for conservatives threatening to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood.

"The president's made it clear he is not going to sign it," Kasich said on Fox News Sunday. "I'm willing to fight all day long, but you've got to have a good prospect of being able to be successful. Because if you're not successful, you shut the government down, you open it up and you haven't achieved anything. You're just going to have people shake their head and wonder what your thinking was."

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