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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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told Republicans in a closed-door meeting Thursday that he is looking to address this week the concerns many GOP lawmakers have raised about Syrian refugees in light of the Paris attack, an anonymous source in the room told Politico.

It's not clear which steps Ryan will take, though Politico reported there are several legislative options to consider in the coming days.

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Hopes that Paul Ryan would avoid a shutdown fight in the initial months of his speakership are now in jeopardy with the escalating hysteria over the resettlement of Syrian refugees.

Since the Paris attacks that took the lives of more than 100 civilians, lawmakers have ramped up their attacks on the program, which already was the target of Republican opposition. The issue is quick becoming the latest litmus test for politicians to prove their conservative bonafides. More than a dozen governors -- most of them Republican -- said Monday their states did not wish to participate in the federal refugee resettlement program for Syrians.

But it’s not just Obama who has been receiving the criticism for his plan to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next fiscal year. Now the pressure is growing on Ryan to do what he can to halt the program.

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Rep. Steve King -- the Iowa Republican who made the infamous "calves the size of cantaloupes" comment when comparing young undocumented immigrants to drug dealers -- endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for president Monday.

"I am all of the way in supporting Ted Cruz for president," King said in a video announcement of his endorsement posted to Cruz's campaign website. "I am going to ask you to do one thing on one day: February 1. Do your duty for God and country, come to caucus and support Ted Cruz for president of the United States."

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A new poll finds Donald Trump surging well above his chief 2016 rival Ben Carson after week that included a Saturday Night Live appearance and a GOP debate.

Forty-two percent of likely GOP voters supported Trump in a five-day rolling poll released Friday by Reuters/Ipsos, up from 25 percent last week. Carson was also polling around 25 percent last week and his support among GOP voters has since dipped slightly.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released his 2016 campaign immigration plan Friday, outlining a platform that predictably emphasizes bolstering border security but that also calls for a substantial overhaul to the legal immigration system.

Cruz has long positioned himself a hardliner on immigration, and his plan reiterated support for the bills he's recently championed, like Kate's Law and penalties for sanctuary cities. The plan also mirrors many of issues central to Donald Trump's campaign, including building a border wall and ending birthright citizenship. Cruz released his plan while engaged in fight with 2016 rival Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) over who is tougher on immigration.

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In the latest volley in the battle between Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz that has emerged since Tuesday's GOP debate, Rubio claimed that Cruz is painting himself as tougher on immigration only because the Texan shifted his position.

"He is a supporter of legalizing people that are in this country illegally. If he's changed that position, then he certainly has a right to change his position on that issue, but he should be clear about that," Rubio said at press conference at a Republican summit in Florida Friday.

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The Department of Justice announced Friday that it had settled litigation against Alabama over alleged violations of the National Voter Registration Act, also known as the Motor Voter law.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) and the Justice Department agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding outlining steps the state will take to come into compliance with the law, which requires states to give citizens seeking certain public services, including applying for driver's licenses, the opportunity to register to vote.

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Senate Republicans are finally having their long-awaited "come to Jesus" moment on Obamacare.

After years of promising to repeal the President's crowning health care achievement, even doomed efforts that are essentially political shows are being thrown in to turmoil by the political and policy realities that surround the law. Republicans took over Senate nearly a year ago, and now their first meaningful attempt to get a repeal measure on Obama's desk is being thwarted by the desire of some Republicans to protect the law's expanded Medicaid program -- a major target of conservative scorn.

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