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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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Ben Carson rose to fame as an acclaimed neurosurgeon with an remarkable backstory. Now defending backstory has become the focus of his presidential campaign, as outlets scrutinize his tales of being a violent youth who rose from poverty to achieve an impressive resume that included a West Point scholarship offer before he attended Yale.

In addition to spinning the questions raised by reporters to attack what he says his media bias, Team Carson has also used his public Facebook page to offer up three pieces of "evidence" to back up the stories now under scrutiny.

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Democratic 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton used a question about Wall Street at Friday's MSNBC Democratic Candidates Forum to call the Koch brothers "some of the biggest deck stackers you can find."

"They are protecting their corporate interest, the fossil fuel industry. They're protecting the continuation of pumping carbon into the atmosphere," she said.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called Republicans "political cowards" for their efforts to restrict voting rights and suggested a constitutional amendment might be necessary to protect the franchise.

"Maybe this is personal because I run for office. Sometimes you lose, sometimes you win," Sanders said, when Rachel Maddow brought the topic up at Friday's MSNBC Democratic 2016 Forum."It has never occurred to me as a candidate to figure out a way to deny the vote to people because they might vote against me. People who do that are political cowards. They're afraid of a fair election."

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley took a swing at Democratic 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton, by suggesting her opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline was politically driven.

"Secretary Clinton got there just last week. And I was there a year ago," O'Malley said at the MSNBC Democratic Forum, when Rachel Maddow brought up that all three Democratic candidates opposed the pipeline.

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An Oklahoma woman who has taken a prominent role with the Donald Trump campaign in the state has posted a variety of anti-Muslim, anti-transgender and other wildly offensive content to her public Facebook page.

Among the many "hot takes" on Carol Hefner's Facebook pages: Muslims have infiltrated the Obama administration, Huma Abedin has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood through her brother, and Muslims and blacks were responsible for slavery.

The endorsement of Carol Hefner (pictured above) was touted by the Trump campaign in an October press release that called her and her husband "Oklahoma leaders." Hefner has also been described as a campaign coordinator and a co-chair of his state campaign in local accounts of Trump's stops in Oklahoma.

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The nation's top police union is vowing a "surprise" for director Quentin Tarantino, whose latest movie faces a boycott for remarks he made suggesting some cops are murderers.

"Tarantino has made a good living out of violence and surprise," Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, told The Hollywood Reporter. "Our offices make a living trying to stop violence, but surprise is not out of the question."

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Ben Carson isn't the only pyramid truther out there.

The GOP frontrunner's theory that archaeologists are wrong and that the Egyptian pyramids were really built by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain wasn't created in a vacuum. In the fringier corners of the Internet, variations of the pyramids-as-grain-storage argument has spawned entire blogs and a 30-minute documentary.

Carson -- who is continuing to defend beliefs that were surfaced this week in video of a 1998 commencement address by the acclaimed neurosurgeon -- joins the ranks of pyramids truthers who believe that, warned by God of an oncoming famine, Joseph built grain storage units that exist today in the form of the ancient pyramids.

His theory flies in the face of what has long been settled by modern archeologists: that the pyramids were built as tombs for Egyptian pharaohs.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the latest GOP presidential candidate to jump on 2016 frontrunner Ben Carson's theory that the pyramids were created by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain.

"I'’m really big into conspiracy theories, so I think they were probably built by the aliens as grain silos, don’t you think," Paul joked, when asked about Carson's idea on 1110AM WBT, as reported by Buzzfeed.

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The fallout continues for Benjamin Netanyahu's selection for his next diplomacy chief a conservative academic who has suggested that President Obama was anti-Semitic and that Secretary of State John Kerry was someone "whose mental age doesn't exceed 12."

Netanyahu has delayed his appointment of Ran Baratz, who he had selected for a role that would make him a spokesman for the Israeli prime minister, the Huffington Post reported. The suspension comes after Baratz apologized for the remarks and for not telling Netanyahu about them. The prime minister has said he was unaware of the comments until they were brought to light after Baratz's appointment was announced Wednesday.

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Ben Carson is standing by his theory that the Egyptian pyramid theory -- that the pyramids were built by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain -- which has come under scrutiny since Buzzfeed surfaced a 1998 video of Carson referencing it.

"Some people believe in the Bible, like I do, and don't find that to be silly at all, and believe that God created the Earth and don't find that to be silly at all." Carson told reporters in Miami during a stop on his book tour. "The secular progressives try to ridicule it any time it comes up and they're welcome to do that."

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