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 Wisconsin man threatened to kill President Barack Obama while the president was traveling in the state, according to a warrant obtained by CNN.

A criminal complaint and arrest warrant were issued Thursday suggesting that the man, 55-year-old Brian D. Dutcher from Tomah, Wisconsin, told a security guard a La Crosse library that if he had the chance he would "take him out," referring to Obama, and "take the shot."

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Another day, another presidential candidate who hasn't done his domain name homework. Former U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-VA), who triumphantly announced his White House run via Twitter Thursday, didn't register JimWebb.com ahead of his candidacy.

Those heading to JimWebb.com to find out more about his platform saw advertisements for web design lessons, or "webb" design lessons, instead.
The domain appears to be operated by a D.C.-based web developer named Jim who offers tutorials on Internet programming.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said he would wait for a third and final federal court ruling declaring bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional before recognizing gay marriages in the state, and Thursday morning a district judge gave him just that.

Thursday, federal District Judge Martin Feldman reversed his previous ruling upholding the state's gay marriage ban, as reported by The Times-Picuyane.

Louisiana's laws and constitutional amendment prohibiting marriage for gay couples violates the Fourteenth Amendment, the judge said.

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The Supreme Court has already said that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, a decision that a federal appeals court reiterated Wednesday applies to Louisiana's anti-gay marriage measures. But Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is holding out for yet another ruling before he allows the state to recognize marriages between gay couples.

Wednesday evening U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an earlier district court's decision in favor of Louisiana's same-sex bans, citing last week's Supreme Court decision. The appeals court sent the case back to the district court to issue a new order. A Jindal spokesman told The Times-Picayune that the state will wait for that district court to speak again before it falls in line.

"Our agencies will follow the Louisiana Constitution until the District Court orders us otherwise," Mike Reed, a spokesman in the governor's office, said.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is gaining traction among Iowa caucus voters, but still trails far behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic frontrunner.

A new poll shows Sanders, a self-described "democratic socialist," winning 33 percent of likely participants in the Iowa Democratic caucus, while 52 percent said they would vote for Clinton if the Democratic caucus was held today.

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A rash of church fires in the South, most of them at black churches, has religious leaders and civil rights activists concerned, particularly on the heels of the June 17 shooting at the Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina that left nine African Americans dead. Arson is suspected in some but not all of the fires, and authorities have not yet found evidence to suggest the fires were racially motivated.

Here's what we know and don't know:

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With concerns raised over Backpage.com's role in facilitating sex trafficking, Mastercard and Visa have stopped doing business with the classified ad site and users will no longer be able to use the credit cards to place ads.

Their decisions come days after the two companies received letters from Cook County, Illinois Sheriff Thomas J. Dart urging the Mastercard and Visa to cease their credit cards' transactions on the site.

"The use of credit cards in this violent industry implies an undeserved credibility and sense of normalcy to such illicit transactions and only serves to increase demand," Dart wrote in the letters sent Monday.

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Gay couples can now seek marriage licenses in every state in the country, thanks to the recent Supreme Court decision, but that doesn't mean they'll get a warm welcome.

A woman waiting in line in the clerk's office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota -- one of the states where same-sex marriage wasn't legal until Friday's ruling -- says she overheard the clerk comparing gay marriage to beastiality.

Ellee Spawn, who was waiting at the Minnehaha County treasurer's office with her daughter Monday, told KSFY the county clerk was discussing the same-sex marriage ruling with a person ahead of Spawn in line.

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Marriage equality advocates filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging an executive order Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signed last month. The complaint alleges that Jindal acted beyond his constitutional authority as governor in signing the order, known as the "Marriage and Conscience Order."

Jindal signed the order after a legislative proposal that would have prevented the government from taking action against individuals or business for their religiously-motivated opposition to same-sex marriage failed to advance in the state House.

Though there was some confusion what exactly the order would do when it was initially signed, Tuesday's complaint alleges that, in light of the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision, it would create a special class of people who would be allowed to deny gay couples their constitutionally-protected right to marry.

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