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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It's been more than 40 years since an episode of the hit network sitcom "All In The Family" broke new ground in the depiction of gay people and, in the process, ticked off the sitting president of the United States.

Now, in a clip from a documentary project provided exclusively to TPM, the show's creator Norman Lear is giving his own take on why the episode -- in which the show's bigoted patriarch Archie Bunker discovers a longtime friend is gay -- hit such a nerve with President Nixon, who slammed it for “glorifying homosexuality.”

“I wonder if the president didn’t have a problem with his own sexuality, the way he described those two guys as ‘handsome’ and ‘virile,’” Lear remarks in the clip.

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States that have sought to cut Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood after an anti-abortion "sting" video campaign have been warned by the Obama administration that efforts to block such funding may not be legal, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

According to the Journal, the Department of Health and Human Services contacted state officials in Alabama and Louisiana earlier this month to express concern about that the states' moves to end their Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood over the videos. Medicaid recipients can use funds for preventative services from the organization like cancer screenings, but federal funding for abortions in most cases is already prohibited by law.

Under HHS guidance released in 2011, states cannot block Medicaid funding to providers on the basis of the other services offered, the Wall Street Journal said, and that memo was sent to state officials after their announcements.

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In a handwritten letter, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) had a response to progressives asking him to drop his lawsuit challenging President Obama's immigration executive actions: I'm not suing Obama, I'm suing "illegal immigrants," LePage suggested.

According to the group CREDO, LePage sent a handwritten note to Murshed Zaheed, the group's deputy political director, in response to a petition members filed last month urging LePage to drop the legal challenge. LePage acknowledged he had received the letter but the governor denied that he was suing the President.

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A few weeks ago, Ted Cruz’s calculus for declining to attack Donald Trump seemed obvious: Trump was rallying exactly the core anti-immigration base Cruz had long cultivated, so by sticking out Trump’s inevitable fall, the Texas senator would be the obvious alternative for those followers.

But now that it looks like nothing will knock Teflon Trump out of the race anytime soon, Cruz is running the risk that Trump will ultimately usurp Cruz's brand, his base of support, and the rationale for his entire candidacy.

“Donald Trump has out-Ted Cruz-ed Ted Cruz,” Luis Alvarado, a GOP consultant, told TPM. “He’s probably kicking furniture in his living room.”

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Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly has also been charged with trespassing and interfering with a police officer’s performance stemming from a 2014 incident during the Ferguson, Missouri, protests, a spokesperson for the St. Louis County executive confirmed to the outlet.

Reilly and Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery were arrested in a Ferguson McDonald's nearly a year ago while covering the unrest after Michael Brown's death.

Lowery received a court summons naming the charges Monday, and faces a August 24 court date. Reilly has not received the formal summons yet.

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A legislative aide to President Obama was arrested Friday, accused of shooting the gun of her boyfriend -- a U.S. Capitol police officer -- during a domestic dispute, NBC's local affiliate reported.

Barvetta Singletary allegedly texted her boyfriend to come over to her home in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C., according to the charging documents, where she confronted him over accusations that he was cheating on her. Singletary and her boyfriend reportedly took the argument outside to his car where, the charging documents say, she demanded he unlock his cell phone. When he wouldn't cooperate she reached for his firearm and took that and his two phones back into the house, where she threatened to shoot him before firing a round in his direction, the police report said.

The victim then fled, according to the NBC report, and called 911.

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Nearly a year after Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery was arrested in Ferguson, Missouri during the Michael Brown protests, formal charges were filed against him, the paper reported Monday.

Lowery was charged with trespassing on private property and interfering with a police officer’s performance of his duties -- according to the Washington Post -- in a court summons dated August 6. The summons ordered him to appear in a St. Louis County municipal court on August 24 or face arrest.

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Hillary Clinton may have attended Donald Trump's wedding, but she's no fan of his recent attacks on Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

"I thought what he said was offensive. And I certainly think that it deserves the kind of reaction that it's getting from so many others," Clinton said Monday while touting her college affordability plan in New Hampshire.

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St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger declared a state of emergency Monday, following protests to mark the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's death.

"The recent acts of violence will not be tolerated in a community that has worked so tirelessly over the last year to rebuild and become stronger. The time and investment in Ferguson and Dellwood will not be destroyed by a few that wish to violate the rights of others," Stenger said in a statement posted by CBS's local affiliate in St. Louis.

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