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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Two voice mails apparently left by Ted Cruz campaign reps told Iowa precinct chairs to use reports that Ben Carson was "suspending campaigning" to encourage caucusgoers to chose Cruz over Carson, Breitbart reported.

Breitbart posted the audio of two of the voice mails, both left on the phone of Nancy Bliesman, a precinct captain for Cruz in Crawford County, Iowa. They were left at 7:07 p.m. and 7:29 p.m CST (caucusing began at 7), notably after the Carson campaign clarified a CNN report that he was taking a brief respite from the campaign trail after Iowa. A Carson spokesperson tweeted a little before 7 pm CST that the neurosurgeon was making a quick jaunt to his home in Florida to refresh his wardrobe before returning to the campaign trail.

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A federal grand jury in Portland has indicted Ammon Bundy and 15 other anti-government protestors who took over a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, according to an indictment filed Wednesday and made public Thursday. The occupiers were each indicted on a single count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States.

In addition to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that began Jan. 2, the indictment also alleges some of the occupiers made threats against federal officials last year.

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Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said House Speaker Paul Ryan told them he backs a bill to restore portions of the Voting Rights Act gutted by the Supreme Court, but won't bypass his committee chairman to bring it the floor for a vote, The Hill reported.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) told The Hill that Ryan had signaled support for the Voting Rights Amendment Act, a bipartisan bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), at a meeting with the group of black lawmakers Wednesday.

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Ben Jealous, the former president of the NAACP, is preparing to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a Sanders campaign source told CNN.

The endorsement comes as Sanders' rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is counting on the support of minority voters in states like Nevada and South Carolina after Sanders' strong showing in Iowa this week and expected victory in New Hampshire next week.

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Some insurance companies haven't been shy about their criticisms of Obamacare lately, giving conservatives fodder for their political arguments that the law is a failure that is destroying the entire health care market.

But there is more going on than the surface level threats to leave ACA exchanges amid accusations that they're not sustainable. These complaints are not just reflections of issues that insurers have had in adapting to the new law, but a way to influence how it evolves in the future, health care experts told TPM.

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At Wednesday's CNN town hall in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton recounted stealthily venturing out of the White House in a plain-clothes disguise while first lady.

Asked by Anderson Cooper what she would do if she could be anynmous for a day, she explained she already had some experience from when she was first lady.

"I would put on a baseball cap and sunglasses and, you know, sweat pants and a sweat shirt and pull my hair back and I would go walk," she said. "I would tell the Secret Service they had to wear casual clothes, they had to take the thing out of their ears, they had to look like they were just tourists."

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A fight that had been brewing between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over whether Clinton was a true progressive spilled over to Wednesday’s CNN town hall.

Sanders renewed his attacks on Clinton's claims that she was a progressive, targeting her ties to Wall Street, her vote for the Iraq War, her past stances on trade agreements and her waffling on the Keystone XL Pipeline.

"So I respect her, I thought she did a good job as secretary of state. I served with her in the Senate. We worked together on some issues," Sanders said to CNN's Anderson Cooper. "But there are other issues, Anderson, where I think she is just not progressive."

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The family of an Oregon occupier who was killed in an encounter with law enforcement last month is now accusing the government of engaging in a "cover-up" of the man's "unjustified" death," The Oregonian reported.

LaVoy Finicum's family released a statement Tuesday claiming new information from another standoff leader -- who was at the scene of Finicum's death and has since been released from federal custody -- led them to believe that the FBI and the Oregon State Police are "seeking to manipulate and mislead the media and the American public about what really happened."

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Hillary Clinton supporters spooked by her razor-thin victory in Iowa likely woke up Tuesday morning chanting one thing: “firewall.”

The belief is that once Clinton makes it past the ultra-white contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, where Sen. Bernie Sanders has a substantial lead in the polls ahead of next week's primary, she can bank on a more diverse demographic-- and particularly Latinos and African-Americans -- to bulwark her support in the states that follow.

That back-up plan will get its first true test in Nevada, which hosts a Democratic caucus Feb. 20. It is home to a Latino electorate expected to make up one-fifth of the state’s 2016 voters, along with sizable African-American and Asian-American populations.

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Fox News is just not ready to let go of its recent debate scuffle with Donald Trump.

As results poured in showing Trump underperforming in the Iowa caucuses, Fox News analysts hypothesized that Trump's decision to skip last week's GOP cost him dearly, according to a Media Matters round-up.

In particular, they theorized that participating in the debate contributed to Marco Rubio's late-in-the-game surge to a solid third place finish.

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