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 first time Donald Trump dipped his toe into presidential politics, his relatively moderate tone on abortion was cast as an advantage. Fifteen years later, it's a major liability. Despite an apparent change of heart on the issue a few years ago, many in the anti-abortion movement don't buy that the billionaire who once described himself as having "pro-choice instincts" will do everything he can to end abortion.

"There are a lot of folks that distrust where Trump stands on life because of his track record and even his recent vacillations on Planned Parenthood," Lila Rose, a prominent anti-abortion activist, told TPM.

With Trump's past public comments on abortion, simply labeling himself as "pro-life" now is not enough for the anti-abortion community. It's not just the typical jockeying in the White House race that is riling abortion foes, but a potential government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding comes this fall with a push for a national 20-week abortion ban to follow.

"Absolutely there is a demand for concrete promises," Mallory Quigley, a spokeswoman for the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, told TPM. "People want to see a road map."

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It's no surprise that Donald Trump's official immigration platform featured hardline stances like building a border wall (paid for by Mexico, of course) and cracking down on sanctuary cities. But Trump unveiled a new stance Sunday that is fast becoming the litmus test as to how far to the right Republicans will go to secure the anti-immigration extremes of their base.

For the first time, Trump formally advocated for the end of the birthright citizenship, the automatic grant of citizenship to children born within U.S. territory regardless of the legal status of their parents. In a position outline released Sunday, Trump called the policy -- which is rooted in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution -- "the biggest magnet for illegal immigration." He also touted the proposed change during an appearance on Meet the Press.

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A federal appeals court rejected a lawsuit brought by Sheriff Joe Arpaio challenging President Obama's immigration executive order Friday.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit agreed with a lower court's decision that Arpaio -- the Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff known for his anti-immigration antics -- did not have standing to bring the challenge, which sought to block the Department of Homeland Security from implementing the new programs.

"We conclude that Sheriff Arpaio has failed to allege an injury that is both fairly traceable to the deferred action policies and redressable by enjoining them, as our standing precedents require," the decision's author, Obama-appointee Justice Nina Pillard, wrote.

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They may not have been at the kiddie table debate, but the participants in last week's main GOP 2016 debate acted like a bunch of children -- or at least they did in a reenactment produced by Funny Or Die.

The spoof video, posted earlier this week, casts 10 children in the roles of the top-tier Republican White House candidates, to re-create some of the highlights of the first major primary debate: Donald Trump's refusal to rule out a third-party run, Mike Huckabee's "pimps and prostitute" comments, and the tussle between Chris Christie and Rand Paul.

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When Erick Erickson showed he was no fan of Donald Trump's inflammatory rhetoric, Trump supporters responded with inflammatory rhetoric.

The hard right pundit and editor-in-chief of RedState.com posted Friday some of the emails he received after disinviting Trump from the Red State Gathering last weekend over comments Trump made about Fox News host Megyn Kelly. He had previously read some of the emails at the Gathering, an annual confab of Republican activists.

In a series of profanity-laced screeds, Trump supporters called Erickson, among other things, a "moron," a "despicable slob" and a "loser."

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Late update: Since this story was published, the Florida Department of Health responded to TPM's request for comment with a copy of a motion it filed Thursday in a separate court case. In that case, Florida's same-sex marriage ban was thrown out. Florida is now asking the judge in that case whether the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges compels the agency to change its rules regarding birth certificates, claiming that there is a conflict between the Supreme Court ruling and the Florida law requiring husbands of mothers to be named on birth certificates.

"The gender specific language of the statute appears to preclude married same-sex couples from being listed as parents on birth certificates," the motion said. It also noted noted that since 2010, the Department of Health allowed same-sex couples to obtain birth certificates for their adopted children with both their names as parents through a form granted by an adoption court.

"The Department will initiate rulemaking pursuant to chapter 120, Florida Statutes, to use the same form for children of same-sex couples, should the court find that outcome is compelled by Obergefell," it said.

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Before GOP 2016er Ben Carson was slamming fetal tissue research, the neurosurgeon was conducting studies on fetal tissues himself.

According to a blog post by OB/GYN Jen Gunter that was highlighted by Buzzfeed, Carson participated in a 1992 study that relied on "two fetuses aborted in the ninth and 17th week of gestation.”

Gunter, also a well-known science writer, posted a picture of the study bearing Carson's name on her blog.

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It's been more than 40 years since an episode of the hit network sitcom "All In The Family" broke new ground in the depiction of gay people and, in the process, ticked off the sitting president of the United States.

Now, in a clip from a documentary project provided exclusively to TPM, the show's creator Norman Lear is giving his own take on why the episode -- in which the show's bigoted patriarch Archie Bunker discovers a longtime friend is gay -- hit such a nerve with President Nixon, who slammed it for “glorifying homosexuality.”

“I wonder if the president didn’t have a problem with his own sexuality, the way he described those two guys as ‘handsome’ and ‘virile,’” Lear remarks in the clip.

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States that have sought to cut Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood after an anti-abortion "sting" video campaign have been warned by the Obama administration that efforts to block such funding may not be legal, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

According to the Journal, the Department of Health and Human Services contacted state officials in Alabama and Louisiana earlier this month to express concern about that the states' moves to end their Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood over the videos. Medicaid recipients can use funds for preventative services from the organization like cancer screenings, but federal funding for abortions in most cases is already prohibited by law.

Under HHS guidance released in 2011, states cannot block Medicaid funding to providers on the basis of the other services offered, the Wall Street Journal said, and that memo was sent to state officials after their announcements.

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