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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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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) — the immigration hardliner running for Kansas governor who is also the face of President Trump’s voter fraud commission — has a paid gig writing columns for Breitbart.com, the Kansas City Star reported Thursday.

He has written seven columns since June, according to the report, and the subject matter has ranged from decrying sanctuary cities to attacking the U.S. refugee program to defending the voter fraud commission that he vice chairs.

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A House Democrat unveiled an amendment to a government spending bill that Congress will consider next month that would block funding to President Trump’s much-maligned voter fraud panel.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced Wednesday the introduction of his amendment to the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriation Act for the 2018 fiscal year, which includes funding for government programs.

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A former lawyer for Paul Manafort and his current spokesperson were both issued subpoenas as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, CNN reported Tuesday.

Unnamed sources told CNN that Akin Gump attorney Melissa Laurenza and PR rep  Jason Maloni were issued subpoenas. The subpoenas were “seeking documents and testimony,” the CNN report said, adding that it was “unclear what specific information the Mueller investigators believe Laurenza and Maloni may have.”

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested Thursday that if President Trump were to pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, he’d go through the full Justice Department vetting process — a process that typically takes many months, and even years.

“I would imagine they’d go through the thorough and standard process and when we have an announcement on what that decision is, after that’s completed, we’ll let you know,” she said when at the White House press briefing.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Thursday called for President Trump to disband his shady “elections integrity” commission and said that Democrats would seek to do so in a government funding bill Congress needs to take up in September.

Schumer’s request came with a Medium post he wrote on the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia where an attendee killed a counter-protester in a car attack earlier this month.

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A federal judge Wednesday rejected the changes Texas had made to its voter ID law in response to multiple previous court rulings against it and said the legislature would need to go back to the drawing board if it would like to implement a photo voter ID law.

U.S. District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos also said that the changes Texas sought to make to the voter ID law did not wipe away previous findings that the 2011 law was passed with a discriminatory intent — findings that threaten to put Texas under a scheme that requires federal approval for any changes the state makes to its election policies.

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An uptick in protection obligations and a shortfall in staffing has created a no-win situation for the U.S. Secret Service.

On the one hand, the law enforcement agency is legally obligated to protect the President, his family and other close affiliates. On the other, President Trump’s travel habits, his proclivity for staying at his private hotels, and the globe-trotting activities of his brood have exacerbated a longterm strain on the U.S. Secret Service that has resulted in dozens of agents working overtime hours that will not be compensated, due to salary caps, as highlighted by a USA Today report this week.

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A think tank that specializes in voting rights filed a lawsuit Monday seeking more information about communications between various government agencies and President Trump’s so-called “elections integrity” commission. The complaint brought by Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, along with the group Protect Democracy Project, alleges that the agencies did not respond to previous Freedom of Information Act requests they filed concerning Trump’s election commission.

“This administration has a troubling pattern of keeping public information from the public — a pattern that is continuing with this commission,” Wendy Weiser, director of the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, said in a press release announcing the lawsuit. “The government’s obligation to share this information is especially important when there are so many reasons to be skeptical of this commission. When the public is not able to oversee the work of a presidential panel like this, there is a risk of abuse, which could negatively impact voting rights across the country.”

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A top FBI investigator who oversaw the probe into Hillary Clinton’s email set-up has stepped down from his role on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, ABC News reported Wednesday.

Peter Strzok, previously the head of the FBI’s counterespionage section, left Mueller’s team and is working in the FBI’s human resources division, unnamed sources told ABC News.

A spokesman for the Mueller probe declined to comment on the ABC News report.

Strzok was involved in the FBI’s Russia investigation in its infancy last summer, but only joined Mueller’s team last month, according to a CNN report at the time.

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Vice President Mike Pence, leader of President Trump’s shady “Elections Integrity” commission kicked off its first meeting last month with a promise that it would have “no preconceived notions or preordained results.”

But like many of its other members, commissioner J. Christian Adams has done little to hide what has been his end-game: bullying state and local election officials into aggressive voter registration purges that civil rights groups worry will end in eligible voters getting kicked off the rolls. Now he will be joining on the commission several other figures known for their efforts to make it harder — not easier – to vote in an endeavor that many in the voting rights community believe will be used to justify tougher voting laws, including measures that will prompt sloppy voter purges.

For more than half a decade, Adams has been on his own private sector crusade to pressure election officials to agree to voter purge protocols beyond what are required by law.

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