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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Maria Butina, the Russian national who ingratiated herself into U.S. conservative circles through gun rights activism, has been cooperating with the feds for months, but just days before her sentencing, a major fight has erupted over the government’s efforts to paint her conduct as part of a “spot and assess” operation that could aid Russian spies.

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Solicitor General Noel Francisco’s defense in front of the Supreme Court Tuesday of Secretary Wilbur Ross’ addition of a citizenship question to the census primarily came down to one paragraph buried deep in a Census Bureau analysis — one of several that Bureau experts put together advising Ross against including the question on decennial survey.

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