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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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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) took an unconventional approach in Tuesday's GOP debate to winning America's youth vote, telling them they could forget legalized marijuana and a subsidized college education under a Huckabee administration and gear up for military service instead.

As the candidates in the undercard debate duked it out over how to deal with the Islamic State, Huckabee defended his willingness to put troops on the ground.

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As the candidates in Tuesday's GOP undercard debate were asked to weigh in on Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from immigrating into the United States, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) defended Trump by arguing his ban targeted President Obama's policies, not Muslims.

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The Virginia detective who led a notorious investigation into a 2014 teen "sexting" case -- in which he sought a warrant to photograph the erect penis of one of the teens involved -- committed suicide Tuesday when faced with arrest for alleged child sex crimes.

When authorities showed up at the home of Manassas City police detective David Edward Abbott -- a hockey coach and member of the Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. Internet Crimes against Children Task Force -- to arrest him, Abbott pulled out a gun and shot himself, WUSA9 reported. Abbott was accused of soliciting a minor in an investigation into the detective's relationship with a 13-year-old boy that the authorities said began earlier this month.

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A Washington state man accused of posting threats on Fox Nation against employees of a Planned Parenthood partner in California was arrested by federal authorities last week, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Scott Anthony Orton posted comments vowing to pay anyone willing to kill employees for StemExpress, according to the criminal complaint from the FBI. StemExpress is a biotech firm that came under scrutiny for its work with Planned Parenthood's fetal tissue donation program and was a target of anti-abortion "sting" videos.

The comments Orton allegedly wrote called one particular StemExpress officer a "death-profiteer" who should be "hung by the neck using piano wire and propped on the lawn in front of the building with a note attached."

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is leading the charge to include a provision in a year-end tax package that would delay the Obamacare Cadillac tax, according to a report by The Hill.

The tax is despised by members of both parties, but health care economists and policy wonks defend it as an important cost-savings measure. Though the Obama administration has also held firm in its support for the Cadillac tax, it may be forced to swallow the delay -- which would put off the implementation of the tax from 2018 to 2020 -- as a part of the larger "tax extender" package that could include other extensions of tax breaks the administration favors.

Neither Reid nor House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) commented for The Hill report.

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) bashed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for suggesting affirmative action was sending Africans Americans to schools too advanced for them. Reid called the comments -- made during Wednesday's oral arguments for a major affirmative action case -- "stunning," "deeply disturbing" and "racist."

"It is deeply disturbing to hear a Supreme Court justice endorse racist ideas from the bench on the nation's highest court," Reid said from the Senate floor Thursday. "His endorsement of racist theories has frightening ramifications, not least of which is to undermine the academic achievements of Americans, African Americans especially."

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At least some of the conservatives on the Supreme Court seemed ready to kill affirmative action in public universities during Wednesday's arguments on the University of Texas at Austin's program, which already has been upheld three times in lower courts.

The conservative justices used the case to cast doubt on affirmative action policies in general, ranging from the suggestion that ​African-Americans were being hurt by being sent to schools with classes "too fast for them,"​ to questioning the benefit of having a ​minority​ in one's physics class.

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Democratic 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton used an extended blog post to bash Donald Trump's proposal to halt Muslim immigration and to also tie other Republicans to the proposal for their previous rhetoric.

"Now some of the same Republican candidates are saying that Donald Trump’s latest comments have gone too far. But the truth is, many GOP candidates have also said extreme things about Muslims," she wrote on her campaign website Tuesday. "Their language may be more veiled than Mr. Trump’s, but their ideas aren’t so different."

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