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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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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who previously served as a the first female speaker of the House, laughed off comments made by Donald Trump earlier this week that Hillary Clinton was playing a "woman card."

"I don't know what card he’s playing, what, the joker card?" Pelosi said at her press conference Friday, when asked to weigh in on Trump's remarks. "That doesn't even count in a deck of cards."

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As Ted Cruz's vice presidential pick, Carly Fiorina embraced the role of attack dog and criticized remarks made by John Boehner earlier this week in which former speaker called the Texas senator "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a bitch."

"Well, it is despicable. It's beyond the pale," Fiorinia said, when asked by Hugh Hewitt about the comments on his radio show Friday.

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) acknowledged a flaw in his unyielding stance that the next president should fill the ninth seat on the Supreme Court, saying Thursday on a radio show that it was a "gamble" to wait and see what kind of justice a President Donald Trump would nominate, as reported by the Huffington Post.

Asked on Iowa's “In Depth” whether the current GOP blockade was risky since President Obama's pick Merrick Garland was more moderate than the type of judge Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders would likely appoint, Grassley reiterated the Republican line that the hardline position is about letting the voters have a voice.

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NCAA officials in charge of organizing college basketball's annual men's and women's tournament told North Carolina that its cities Greensboro and Charlotte, which are scheduled to host games, must "report how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event," according to a statement released to ESPN Thursday.

The move comes after North Carolina legislators enacted an anti-LGBT law that, among other things, overruled city-level anti-discrimination ordinances and bans transgender people from using the bathrooms matching their identity in government buildings and school.

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After refurbishing the toxic reputations of foreign dictators for decades, remaking Donald Trump for a general election audience will be no problem for political consultant Paul Manafort, Trump's recent major campaign hire. At least, that is the thesis of a new profile of Manafort by Slate contributor Franklin Foer, which extensively details Manafort's unseemly history of propping up Angolan guerrilla leaders, Ukrainian oligarchs and Pakistani intelligence interests.

The profile tracks Manafort's wheeling and dealing from the beginning of his career -- working alongside Roger Stone, a self-acclaimed dirty trickster also now in Trump's orbit -- to his more recent wielding of the political influence of Ukrainian natural gas magnates backed by Vladimir Putin. (Manafort, who Foer describes as preferring to fly under the press radar, did not participate in the profile.)

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When it comes to Donald Trump’s women problems, the top-line polling numbers are just the tip of the iceberg.

The real estate mogul's sexist rhetoric coupled with his clumsy posturing on policy issues that already hamstrung Republicans with female voters have exacerbated a gender gap that helped President Obama defeat Mitt Romney in 2012.

It’s no secret that Trump -- whose latest antagonization was his insistence Tuesday night that Hillary Clinton was relying on the “woman card” -- is turning off women in huge numbers. But Trump is not just angering the women who were maybe leaning Democratic anyway.

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Maryland state Sen. Jamie Raskin was projected by the Associated Press late Tuesday to be the winner in the Democratic primary for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District seat in race to replace Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), who launched a Senate bid this year.

The race broke records with the money spent by the many campaigns -- including the millions of dollars one of Raskin's rivals had poured into his own bid -- and the field featured an array of notable candidates.

In addition to serving in the Maryland legislature, Raskin is a law professor at American University.

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