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James O'Keefe promised a new undercover video campaign that would expose "illegal activity conducted by high-level employees within Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign." Tuesday, he released the first video, produced by his group Project Veritas Action.

His group's big scoop?

That a Canadian citizen spent $75 on Hillary swag at Clinton's June campaign kickoff event.

Reporters at the press conference O'Keefe held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to unveil the latest "gotcha" could not contain their disdain.

"Is this a joke?" one reporter asked O'Keefe.

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The havoc Donald Trump is wreaking on the presidential race is just the beginning of the problems he is poised to cause Republicans in 2016. Already Trump and his anti-immigrant rhetoric is becoming a flashpoint in the down-the-ballot campaigns. The direction he is pulling his fellow Republicans could put in jeopardy the GOP's majority in the Senate, as some of the cycle's most competitive races are taking place in states with heavy Latino populations.

Of the five states that had the largest share of Hispanic voters in 2012 cycle, Florida, Colorado and Nevada are holding what are expected to be extremely contentious Senate races. And already, some of the candidates in those races have been expected to weigh in on Trump's antics, which involve labeling Mexicans "rapists" and calling for the end of birth citizenship.

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The uproar over Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a private email account to conduct business during her tenure at the State Department has taken so many twists and turns this summer that it's difficult to keep it all straight.

When it was first raised in March, the core issue with a government official's use of a private email account appeared to be compliance with federal records laws. Mounting questions from the media eventually forced Clinton to address her private email use at a press conference and her campaign to release a nine-page explainer on her handling of the email account's contents.

The issue appeared to lie dormant for the spring, but it came roaring back in the press by the end of July, when focus shifted to whether sensitive information was mishandled via the private account. Now, it's not just pundits, but also fellow Democrats who openly wonder whether the email imbroglio will derail the party frontrunner's presidential campaign.

Here's a detailed guide tracing back the news reports, government inquiries and Clinton camp statements that marked each step in the months-long email saga. This timeline is an updated version of one TPM published in March.

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A new ad produced by a Democrat-aligned super PAC seeks to send Latino voters a message: Donald Trump isn't the only GOP 2016er railing against immigrants.

The ad, released Thursday, features statements made by other Republican candidates - namely former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on "anchor babies" and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on ending birthright citizenship - alongside some of Trump's controversial anti-immigrant remarks.

Priorities USA, a pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC, will place the ad in television sets in Colorado, Florida and Nevada, states a large Latino electorate, the New York Times reported. The 30-second spot features Spanish subtitles for comments made by Trump, Bush and Walker.

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Donald Trump may have tangled with the wrong guy.

In scorning Univision star Jorge Ramos during a Tuesday press conference -- and admitting that he didn't even know who Ramos was -- Trump signaled in a visceral way his disdain for the Latino community.

"He’s talking about the fastest growing electoral block in the U.S.,” Ramos told Fox News' Megyn Kelly on Wednesday. Kelly, another Trump media nemesis, had asked whether Ramos understood why Trump might not want to answer his questions on immigration, given his bad blood with Ramos' network.

“He's talking about 16 million Latinos that will go to the polls and might decide the next election, It doesn't matter if he doesn't like it. There are questions that need to be answered," Ramos said.

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Aside from the political fallout, the legal gymnastics and the bureaucratic nightmare involved with ending birthright citizenship -- as many GOP 2016ers are proposing -- changing the policy could have a negative effect on a particular community that Republicans are attempting to woo: the tech sector, where high-skilled immigrants play a valuable role.

“We want the best and the brightest to be able to come to this country,” said Todd Schulte, executive director of tech lobbying firm FWD.us, in an interview with TPM. “So how does it make sense for the tech community or our country to tell people ‘please create jobs, please pay taxes, please grow the economy,’ but your children who are born here, they aren't Americans?"

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Since jumping into the GOP 2016 race, Donald Trump has caused the Republican establishment nothing but headaches, spewing nasty rhetoric, proposing outlandish policies and inspiring other presidential candidates to do the same.

Despite all this, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said over the weekend that Trump was a “net positive” for the Republican Party.

“I think it brings a lot of interest to the Republican field,” Priebus said.

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Ending birthright citizenship, politically speaking, would be nearly impossible. But if such a change was achieved, implementation wouldn’t be much easier. And in an ironic twist for big-government-hating conservatives, ending birthright citizenship would be an ideological nightmare.

Eliminating the longstanding and constitutionally enshrined practice of granting every child born on U.S. soil citizenship would create its own set of complicated and costly bureaucratic obstacles, immigration lawyers say. More than just remove an alleged “magnet” for people to immigrate here illegally, ending birthright citizenship would deeply impact the lives of all Americans.

“Everyone benefits from the fact that they just have to show their birth certificate to show that they’re an American citizen and have all the rights of an American citizen,” Bill Stock, president-elect of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, told TPM.

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