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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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, was booed by the audience at the Washington Ideas Forum Thursday while defending the GOP's congressional investigations into the Benghazi attack, The Huffington Post reported.

According to The Huffington Post, the audience booed, hissed and yelled "You're lying!" while McMorris Rodgers attempted to deny that the Benghazi committee was politically-motivated. She had been asked by ABC's Jonathan Karl to weigh in on comments made by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in which he boasted that the committee's investigation had taken a toll on Hillary Clinton's poll numbers.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) reiterated his call that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) apologize for comments suggesting a political motivation behind the congressional Benghazi Committee.

"Those statements are just absolutely inappropriate. They should be withdrawn. Mr. McCarthy should apologize. I think it was absolutely wrong," Chaffetz said on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports Thursday. As chairman of of the House Oversight Committee, Chaffetz led an investigation into the attack, which has also been scrutinized by a select community chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC).

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What happens when a state with a tough voter ID law suddenly makes it much harder for minorities to get driver's licenses? We are about to find out in Alabama.

Facing a budget crisis, Alabama has shuttered 31 driver's license offices, many of them in counties with a high proportion of black residents. Coming after the state recently put into effect a tougher voter ID law, the closures will cut off access -- particularly for minorities -- to one of the few types of IDs accepted.

According to a tally by AL.com columnist John Archibald, eight of the 10 Alabama counties with the highest percentage of non-white registered voters saw their driver's license offices closed.

"Every single county in which blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters will see their driver license office closed. Every one," Archibald wrote.

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Jeb Bush pushed back at comments made by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who suggested Republicans were successful in using the Benghazi Committee to put political pressure on Hillary Clinton. Bush told Morning Joe Thursday, "I don't quite understand why he said that."

"The Benghazi Committee exists because there should be an analysis of what actually happened, and what the response was, and if there was a cover up afterwards," Bush said. "This isn't to try to damage Hillary Clinton, and I don't quite understand why he said that."

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The Obama administration is moving forward with a plan that could bring a sea change to how retirement advisors must treat their clients, while financial industry-allies in Congress engage in another round of push back.

The new rules for retirement advisors that the President and consumer advocates are pushing address a conflict of interest the White House estimates costs retirement savers $17 billion annually. The problem? Contrary to what many investors believe, the advisors who direct them to retirement funds are not always required to act in their clients' best interests.

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With one potential government shutdown close to being averted and another one on the horizon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) signaled a renewed effort to break Congress' habit of budget brinkmanship.

McConnell told reporters Tuesday that he would like to settle on a topline budget number for the next two years and that he, House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama spoke last week about getting those negotiations started.

"I would expect them to start very soon," McConnell said, according to video posted by Roll Call. A two-year deal would allow lawmakers to get back to the typical appropriations process, McConnell said.

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On the day a House panel heard testimony from the CEO of Planned Parenthood, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) compared the reproductive health organization and the Benghazi attack, another controversy known for prompting fireworks on Capitol Hill.

"#PlannedParenthood isn’t a 'healthcare provider' any more than #Benghazi was a 'spontaneous protest,'" the 2016 candidate tweeted.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) may have sacrificed his speaker's gavel to keep the government open through the week. But the path that lies ahead for his successor is much trickier. Even if lawmakers, as expected, pass a short-term spending bill this week, they face a series of other deadlines before the end of the year that could converge into one giant showdown fueled by freshly emboldened hardliners who see compromise as defeat.

“It is setting up a very major set of hurdles for the next majority leader come the middle of December,” Bill Hoagland, senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center who worked for the U.S. Senate for 25 years, told TPM. “How they make this silk purse out of a sow’s ear is going to be very, very difficult.”

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By falling on his gavel, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) cleared a path for Congress to pass a short-term spending bill and avoid a government shutdown.

The Senate will begin considering Monday evening a bill to fund the government through Dec. 11, the controversial Planned Parenthood funding included. With a final vote expected Tuesday, the House will have about a day to pass the legislation and keep the government open in time for the Sept. 30 deadline.

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