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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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) ordered a ban on the "sale" of fetal tissue from abortions Monday, The Arizona Republic reported.

Ducey's ban came in response to an anti-abortion video that surfaced last week that purported to show a Planned Parenthood official discussing how abortion clinics profited from providing fetal tissue from abortions to scientific researchers. Planned Parenthood, while acknowledging its affiliates do participate in tissue donation programs, has denied the allegations that fetal tissue is being sold for profit, which is already against the law. Planned Parenthood contends that clinics only charge what is required to offset the cost of providing tissue to researchers.

"The footage released by The Center for Medical Progress regarding the alleged sale and trafficking of aborted fetal tissue and body parts by Planned Parenthood is horrifying and has no place in a civilized society," Ducey said in a statement Monday. "I am calling on the Department of Health Services to conduct a thorough review of the law and immediately promulgate emergency rules designed to prohibit the illegal sale of any tissue from an unborn child.”

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A dispute between Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) and state legislators over his veto power will have its day in court later this month, with the state Supreme Court announcing it will be hearing oral arguments on the matter.

Responding to Friday's request from LePage for its opinion, the state Supreme Court opted to fast-track the measure, The Portland Press Herald reported Monday. The court is asking for an initial round of briefs by this Friday, according to an order posted Monday afternoon, and has scheduled oral arguments for July 31.

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The family of a young man who was fatally stabbed in the DC metro on the Fourth of July criticized Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) for using the death of their 24-year-old son to attack liberal policies in a speech Thursday.

"The fact that Gov. Chris Christie would invoke my son’s name in a politically motivated speech just three days after our family laid him to rest shows that he cares little about the grief my family is feeling," the family of Kevin Sutherland said in a statement, according to CTPost.com.

A spokesman for Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) of Connecticut, where Sutherland grew up, said Malloy was "disappointed" that Christie "would choose to politicize" Sutherland's death. Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), for whom Sutherland interned, also slammed the New Jersey governor for the reference.

"To use Kevin’s death to score political points is vile," Hines said in a statement. "Kevin was empathetic, kind, and wanted to create a better America and world by lifting up those around him. The fearmongering and thinly veiled racism evident in Christie’s speech reveal that he knew nothing about Kevin and his family or what they believed in, and he should be ashamed. Although, at this point, I find myself doubting if shame is something he’s capable of."

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Alaska will be the 30th state plus the District of Columbia to participate in Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, if Gov. Bill Walker's effort to bypass the resistance of state legislators goes as planned. The governor -- formerly a Republican but now an independent -- announced Thursday that he would be using his executive authority to bring the expansion to his state.

“This is the final option for me,” Walker said in a press conference Thursday, according to the New York Times. “We are not going to step away from this opportunity to help fellow Alaskans, period.”

The expansion will give healthcare access to some 42,000 low-income Alaskans, per a state analysis, and Walker's office said Thursday it will bring $146 million to the state in its first year.

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Wikipedia users took notice of Rep. Steve King (R-IA)'s claim Friday that he was as "Hispanic and Latino" as House and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, and the white, Iowan's Wikipedia page was altered to reflect his newfound identity.

Commenting on a quote by Castro criticizing the GOP for alienating hispanics, King tweeted, "What does Julian Castro know? Does he know that I'm as Hispanic and Latino as he?"

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With business mogul-turned-reality show hack-turned presidential candidate Donald Trump dominating headlines as of late, leave it to The New Yorker to show the effect his campaign is having on the rest of the 2016 field. The cover for the July 27, illustrated by Barry Blitt, shows a shirtless Trump belly flopping into a pool of his fellow White House contenders, featuring a panicked Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), former Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ).

Since entering the 2016 race, Trump's hyperbolic style coupled with his derogatory comments, particularly about immigrants, has put the rest of the Republican field on the spot.

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Republican lawmakers knew about a viral Planned Parenthood "sting video" well before it was released Tuesday, CQ Roll Call is reporting.

Since the video -- which appears to show a Planned Parenthood medical official discussing how abortion providers typically go about procuring fetal tissue for researchers -- was released, congressional leaders have called for an investigation into the claims raised by the group behind the video. Abortion foes say the video reveals that Planned Parenthood is selling the organs of aborted fetuses.

At least two members of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus admitted to CQ Roll Call that they had seen the video before its public release. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), pictured above, said he saw the video a month ago but didn't act on its supposed revelations immediately because "the hope was to have as much information as possible so that the authorities could be notified effectively before the media."

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) initially said he saw the video weeks ago only to attempt to walk back those comments -- telling CQ Roll Call that “This interview didn’t happen” -- before his spokeswoman clarified that he wanted to do his "due diligence" before embarking on an investigation. The Energy & Commerce subcommittee, which Murphy chairs, announced Wednesday that it was investigating the claims made about Planned Parenthood in light of the video.

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A standoff between Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) and state legislators came to a head Thursday, when leaders in the statehouse refused to consider 65 pieces of legislation he attempted to return with vetoes. Democrats and Republicans alike say they consider those bills already to be law, as LePage missed the 10-day deadline to properly veto the legislation.

The offices of Maine House Speaker Mark Eves (D) and Maine Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R) confirmed to TPM that the legislation had been sent to the revisor of statutes to be chaptered as law.

"We are not going to take them up. We've communicated that to the governor, but they won't be brought up today because they're already law," Jodi Quintero, Eves' spokeswoman, said.

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The Supreme Court's popularity among Republicans has taken a serious dive, a new Gallup poll finds, while Democrats have embraced the court more than ever.

According to the survey released Thursday, 76 percent of Democrats approve of the Supreme Court, up from 47 percent in September 2014, while Republican approval has sunk 17 percentage points to the current 18 percent in the same time period. In the meantime, approval among Independents has increased slightly, from 46 percent to 49 percent.

Gallup used telephone interviews to survey 1,009 adults nationwide between July 8-12, 2015, for a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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An undercover video surfaced Tuesday purportedly showing a high-level Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of tissue obtained from aborted fetuses. Heavy emphasis on purportedly.

Conservative media outlets have covered the video extensively. Abortion opponents have alleged the video shows there is a black market for fetal tissue, and the originators of the video allege Planned Parenthood is breaking the law. The apparently casual, some might say callous, tone of the Planned Parenthood official -- shown on the video talking about how to avoid "crushing" certain parts of the fetus during the abortion procedure to preserve more desirable tissue -- has further enflamed the debate.

The video is being blamed (or credited, depending on your point of view) for fueling an effort to derail a bill in Congress to mint a commemorative breast cancer coin because some of the proceeds from the coin were to go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which provides some non-abortion funding to Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood is on the defensive, arguing the video was "heavily edited" and doesn’t show any wrongdoing.

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