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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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Wisconsin Republicans are pushing state legislation that would block local governments from issuing voter ID cards -- which are required at the ballot box under a 2011 law -- even though the locals IDs currently being considered in a Milwaukee program aren't meant to be used for voting.

Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard and state Rep. Joe Sanfelippo are floating a proposal that would ​bar towns and counties from issuing photo ID cards to the public,​ according to the Journal Sentinel, ​while placing restrictions on the IDs issued by cities and villages.​ It also would require that any ID issued by local governments to state clearly that it does not meet the state's voter ID requirements.

The memo being circulated claims that the legislation would prevent fraud, and that local IDs would be "potentially misleading, confusing, and unfair to the card's recipient" who would believe he or she qualified for public benefits.

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It looks like Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) will be sticking to the promises about Medicaid he made towards the end of his gubernatorial campaign, instead of those made at its beginning. The Tea Party candidate laid out Wednesday his plans to "transform" -- rather than entirely dismantle -- the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

"We are going to transform the way Medicaid is delivered in Kentucky and this transformation I think will be a model to the nation," Bevin said at a press conference Wednesday.

By continuing Medicaid's expansion under Obamacare, Bevin will join a long line of GOP governors who have railed against the program but eventually come around to supporting it. The pattern is well-established and often includes negotiating with the federal government a special carve-out for a state-specific version of the program, a way to save political face by not seeming to have caved and become an Obamacare supporter.

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Prosecutors are only beginning what will surely be a difficult yet monumental case against Bill Cosby, who was charged Wednesday in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, in an alleged 2004 sexual assault.

But prosecuting rapists and sexual assailants used to be even tougher in the state of Pennsylvania. Thanks to a relatively new law, and a recent court decision upholding it, prosecutors in the Cosby case will be able to counter the rape myths that come with sexual assault charges -- myths that have been in full view in the years that allegations have dogged Bill Cosby.

Only since 2012 have prosecutors in Pennsylvania been allowed to bring in outside experts on sexual abuse to address common behaviors among survivors -- such as waiting to report the assault, self-blame and continuing a relationship with their assailants.

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The most unexpected political story this year was arguably Donald Trump's domination of the early stages of the Republican 2016 primary. But nearly as fascinating was how the rest of the GOP sought to deal with the real-estate-mogul-turned-reality-star's unexpected rise.

Embrace him? Contain him? Dismiss him? Fight him? Those were the questions confronting the party since Trump's entry in the race -- at first viewed with mockery -- in the summer. While Trump could still fall short at the ballot box, he has left his permanent stamp on the entire race and even the Republican Party as a whole.

Here's a look at the various ways the GOP coped with the year of Donald Trump:

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In a extended interview with the Washington Post posted Monday, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said he should have never stated that the Chinese were involved in the Syrian conflict, while also standing by the claim and arguing "that Chinese have physical characteristics that would make them pretty easy to identify in a setting like that."

The two Post reporters -- whom the neurosurgeon hosted in his home last week -- asked the neurosurgeon if he had any regrets, particularly in terms of policy ideas he put forward.

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Update: This story has been update to include the response of Hillary Clinton's campaign. Reports that the Department of Homeland Security is planning a series of raids to deport hundreds of families who crossed the border during the recent migrant crisis have drawn the fire of the Democratic presidential candidates, including 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

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The Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments for a major case that could drastically affect abortion access in the United States. The court will hear Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole (formerly known as Whole Woman’s Health v. Lakey) on March 2 next year, according to the court's calendar posted on SCOTUSblog.

The case concerns a set of requirements imposed on abortion clinics in Texas by the state legislature in a law passed in 2013. Anti-abortion activists say the clinic requirements are necessary to protect women's health, while abortion rights supporters argue that, considering how safe the procedure is, they are merely a thinly-veiled effort to cut off access to abortion.

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