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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A family in rural Kansas said that Jim Brownback -- brother of Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS) -- has routinely harassed them in recent years, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Jim Brownback has been accused of repeatedly lingering and, at times, shooting firearms outside the home of Joann and Robert Peine, who have three children, near Parker, Kansas. The Peines said they reported the incidents to law enforcement -- and The Capital-Journal also relied on reviewed court records, law enforcement reports and other documents for the investigation. But Joann Peine and others suggest that police have turned a blind eye towards Jim Brownback's alleged harassment due to his brother's political stature in the state.

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Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative known for his hardball tactics, is disputing a claim made by Donald Trump that the GOP 2016 frontrunner had fired Stone from his presidential campaign.

After Trump told The Washington Post's Robert Costa Saturday that he had canned Stone Friday evening by e-mail, Stone denied the claim to Costa and took to Twitter to rebut Trump's account.

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Donald Trump's suggestion that Fox News host Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever" was "a bridge too far" for some conservatives.

Erick Erickson, the editor-in-chief of RedState.com and a Fox News contributor, withdrew Trump's invitation to appear at this weekend's RedState Gathering -- a summit for conservatives including a number of GOP 2016ers -- soon after Trump made the remarks on CNN Friday.

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GOP frontrunner Donald Trump suggested Friday that Megyn Kelly's tough questions for him during this week's Republican primary debate were due to "blood coming out of her wherever."

"She gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions," Trump said, calling into CNN Friday evening. "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever."

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Georgia's public employees will continue to get Confederate Memorial Day and Robert E. Lee's birthday off, but according to the state government's internal calendars, each of those holidays is now known only as "state holiday."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that that names of the two holidays were nowhere to be found on the holiday schedules emailed out to state employees this week that called the days instead "state holiday." Gov. Nathan Deal's (R) spokesman Brian Robinson told AJC the holidays will be continue to observed even though the state no longer will "spell it out by name."

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may have hit Donald Trump with the ultimate insult among Republicans: that the inflammatory GOP frontrunner reminded him of President Barack Obama.

"A conservative has to win to fix these things," Bush said when asked by Fox News host Neil Cavuto about his interactions Trump. "Language that divides us -- this reminds me of Barack Obama, not as a candidate but Barack Obama as President."

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The Obama administration continued its winning streak Friday when yet another appeals court ruled in favor of the accommodation offered to religious organizations seeking to opt out of the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate. A panel for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that requiring religious objectors write a letter to the government declaring they seek to opt out contraceptive coverage does not constitute a substantial religious burden.

"In the process, eligible organizations are provided the opportunity to freely express their religious objection to such coverage as well as to extricate themselves from its provision," the decision, written by Justice Rosemary Pooler, said. "At the same time, insured individuals are not deprived of the benefits of contraceptive coverage."

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While abortion has already been ruling the headlines, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was forced to dip into the thorny issue of whether abortions should be banned for victims of rape during the GOP's top-tier debate Thursday night.

When moderator Megyn Kelly suggested Rubio was in favor of rape exemptions in abortion bans, Rubio pushed back and argued he never supported such an exception.

"I have never said that, and I have never advocated that," Rubio said. "I have advocated that we pass a law that says all human life at every stage of development is worthy of protection."

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