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 most unexpected political story this year was arguably Donald Trump's domination of the early stages of the Republican 2016 primary. But nearly as fascinating was how the rest of the GOP sought to deal with the real-estate-mogul-turned-reality-star's unexpected rise.

Embrace him? Contain him? Dismiss him? Fight him? Those were the questions confronting the party since Trump's entry in the race -- at first viewed with mockery -- in the summer. While Trump could still fall short at the ballot box, he has left his permanent stamp on the entire race and even the Republican Party as a whole.

Here's a look at the various ways the GOP coped with the year of Donald Trump:

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In a extended interview with the Washington Post posted Monday, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said he should have never stated that the Chinese were involved in the Syrian conflict, while also standing by the claim and arguing "that Chinese have physical characteristics that would make them pretty easy to identify in a setting like that."

The two Post reporters -- whom the neurosurgeon hosted in his home last week -- asked the neurosurgeon if he had any regrets, particularly in terms of policy ideas he put forward.

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Update: This story has been update to include the response of Hillary Clinton's campaign. Reports that the Department of Homeland Security is planning a series of raids to deport hundreds of families who crossed the border during the recent migrant crisis have drawn the fire of the Democratic presidential candidates, including 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

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The Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments for a major case that could drastically affect abortion access in the United States. The court will hear Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole (formerly known as Whole Woman’s Health v. Lakey) on March 2 next year, according to the court's calendar posted on SCOTUSblog.

The case concerns a set of requirements imposed on abortion clinics in Texas by the state legislature in a law passed in 2013. Anti-abortion activists say the clinic requirements are necessary to protect women's health, while abortion rights supporters argue that, considering how safe the procedure is, they are merely a thinly-veiled effort to cut off access to abortion.

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U.S. authorities are planning raids to deport hundreds of families who crossed the border illegally during the last few years' Central American migrant crisis, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Anonymous sources familiar with the preparations told the Post that as soon as January, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents will begin targeting "family units" who did not secure asylum and have been ordered to leave the country since January 1, 2014.

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As 2015 comes to a close, the crazy keeps on coming. From a Nevada politician's gun-toting family Christmas card to a Chicago news channel wishing its Jewish viewers a Happy Yom Kippur with a Nazi emblem, this year featured no shortage of scandals, mishaps and conspiracy theories -- like GOP presidential candidate's Ben Carson's notion that the Egyptian pyramids were actually built by the biblical hero Joseph to store grain.

Here are the most-read stories at TPM in 2015:

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