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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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The day after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called Democrats' claims that conservatives are anti-contraceptive "made-up nonsense," Hillary Clinton's campaign accused Cruz of engaging in "revisionist history" and argued that Cruz "tries to police women’s health care decisions and deny a war on women."

"Ted Cruz’s colorful comments can’t hide his revisionist history on the sustained Republican effort to restrict access to women's health care," campaign spokeswoman Christina Reynolds said in a statement released Tuesday. The statement pointed to recent GOP efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and to block anti-discrimination measures meant to protect women from being fired for using birth control.

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In the latest front in Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) battle with 2016 rival Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Cruz blamed the Florida senator for supporting Hillary Clinton's Libya policy that, in Cruz's words, led to the Benghazi attacks.

“Senator Rubio emphatically supported Hillary Clinton in toppling [Muammar] Qaddafi in Libya. I think that made no sense,” Cruz told Bloomberg Politics Monday, connecting the U.S. military intervention to the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans.

“The terrorist attack that occurred in Benghazi was a direct result of that massive foreign policy blunder,” Cruz claimed.

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While political outsiders Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson continue to lead the 2016 GOP field in the polls, attention is beginning to shift to a growing rivalry between two congressional Republicans: Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Rubio and Cruz are both serving their first terms in the U.S. Senate, having been elected with Tea Party support, and each now seeks to differentiate himself from the other. The tensions began when Cruz started taking subtle jabs at Rubio. The Texas senator has described himself as the conservative alternative to the "moderate" Rubio and, unprompted, bashed a sugar subsidy program Rubio supports in the last Republican presidential debate.

Now the two candidates have begun calling each other out by name. Here are three of the areas where the Cruz-Rubio battle lines are being drawn.

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Not only have Alabama's attempts to defund Planned Parenthood Southeast been blocked by the courts, Alabama taxpayers will also have to foot the bill in the more than $51,000 in legal fees for the reproductive health organization, the Montgomery Advertiser reported, under a settlement filed in federal court Monday morning. The agreement still must be approved by a U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

Republican Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (pictured above) was one of a number of elected officials who sought to defund Planned Parenthood by cutting off Medicaid funding to clinics after a series of "sting" videos asserted the organization was illegally profiting off the of the sale of aborted fetal tissue. (Planned Parenthood has denied the claim that it is profiting from donation programs, and says reimbursement fees clinics receive for storage and staffing costs are legal.)

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Asked on Morning Joe if he believed Islam was an inherently violent religion, Donald Trump refused to answer the question directly, but said, "There's something nasty coming out of there."

MSNBC political analyst John Heilemann asked Trump, who called onto Morning Joe Monday via telephone, whether Islam was "an inherently peaceful religion ... that’s been perverted by some" or a "an inherently violent religion.”

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GOP frontrunner Donald Trump slammed Republicans in Congress for not being willing to threaten a government shutdown in recent budget negotiations, Business Insider reported. The real estate mogul said historians would ultimately blame "Barack Hussein Obama" if the government had shutdown in a budget standoff.

"They're horrible poker players. Horrible," Trump said at a rally in Florida Saturday, according to Business Insider. "I like Boehner as a person. He's a nice guy. But ... I heard Boehner before he left say there's no way we're going to close up government."

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Some of the black pastors scheduled to meet with the Donald Trump Monday are pushing back at his campaign's claims that they will endorse him after the meeting. According to the Daily Beast, a number of pastors have taken to social media to deny that the meeting means Trump will gain their support.

“I am not officially endorsing ANY candidate and when I do you will NOT need to hear it from pulpitting courtjesters who suffer from intellectual and spiritual myopia," Bishop Clarence McClendon, a Los Angeles-based minister who had been invited to the meeting, said on Facebook, the Daily Beast reported. O

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) were the first presidential candidates to weigh in on Friday's shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood that left three including a police officer dead. Both included the hashtag #StandWithPP in their tweets Friday evening reacting to the attack.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) were the first presidential candidates to weigh in on Friday's shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood that left three including a police officer dead. Both included the hashtag #StandWithPP in their tweets Friday evening reacting to the attack.

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