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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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Georgia's public employees will continue to get Confederate Memorial Day and Robert E. Lee's birthday off, but according to the state government's internal calendars, each of those holidays is now known only as "state holiday."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that that names of the two holidays were nowhere to be found on the holiday schedules emailed out to state employees this week that called the days instead "state holiday." Gov. Nathan Deal's (R) spokesman Brian Robinson told AJC the holidays will be continue to observed even though the state no longer will "spell it out by name."

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may have hit Donald Trump with the ultimate insult among Republicans: that the inflammatory GOP frontrunner reminded him of President Barack Obama.

"A conservative has to win to fix these things," Bush said when asked by Fox News host Neil Cavuto about his interactions Trump. "Language that divides us -- this reminds me of Barack Obama, not as a candidate but Barack Obama as President."

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The Obama administration continued its winning streak Friday when yet another appeals court ruled in favor of the accommodation offered to religious organizations seeking to opt out of the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate. A panel for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that requiring religious objectors write a letter to the government declaring they seek to opt out contraceptive coverage does not constitute a substantial religious burden.

"In the process, eligible organizations are provided the opportunity to freely express their religious objection to such coverage as well as to extricate themselves from its provision," the decision, written by Justice Rosemary Pooler, said. "At the same time, insured individuals are not deprived of the benefits of contraceptive coverage."

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While abortion has already been ruling the headlines, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was forced to dip into the thorny issue of whether abortions should be banned for victims of rape during the GOP's top-tier debate Thursday night.

When moderator Megyn Kelly suggested Rubio was in favor of rape exemptions in abortion bans, Rubio pushed back and argued he never supported such an exception.

"I have never said that, and I have never advocated that," Rubio said. "I have advocated that we pass a law that says all human life at every stage of development is worthy of protection."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) showed no signs of cooling his ongoing beef with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and even brought the majority leader up during the GOP top-tier debate Thursday.

When asked about "Kate's Law," a proposal to crack down on certain undocumented immigrants, Cruz said:

"Not only will I support it, I have authored Kate's law in the United States Senate and filed that legislation. I tried to get the Senate to vote to pass Kate's law on the floor of the senate just one week ago and the leader of our own party blocked a vote on."

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To kickoff the first GOP top-tier debate, the moderators went straight for the red-haired elephant in the room and the answer Donald Trump gave them will not help the Republican National Committee breathe more easily.

When the 10 participants were asked to raise their hand if they were unwilling to pledge their support to the GOP nominee and not run as a third-party candidate, Trump put his hand up after a quick glance at his rivals.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal suggested he would use the IRS to attack Planned Parenthood during Thursday's GOP debate for lower-tier candidates.

"I guarantee you under President Jindal, January 2017 the Department of Justice and IRS and everybody else we can send from the federal government will be going into Planned Parenthood," Jindal said

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a swing at Ronald Reagan -- the 40th president who is typically the subject of worship among conservative circles -- for signing legislation that made millions of undocumented immigrants eligible to apply for legal status in 1986.

"Americans are tired of hearing this debate want to go to, 'What are you going to do about illegal immigration?'" Perry said during Thursday's GOP debate for lower-tier candidates. "For 30 years this country has been baited with that, all the way back to when Ronald Reagan signed a piece of legislation that basically allowed for amnesty for over 4 million people and the border is still not secure."

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