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Coming from Donald Trump’s mouth, the current debate over ending birthright citizenship sounds like the latest in a series of outlandish proposals thrown out by the recalcitrant billionaire to stir the support of an anti-immigrant base.

Trump’s plan was even too much for Bill O’Reilly, who told him, "That’s not going to happen because the 14th Amendment says if you’re born here, you’re an American and you can’t kick Americans out."

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Forget building a wall. Some Republicans want to tear down an amendment in the Constitution to prove their anti-immigration bonafides.

Ending birthright citizenship — the practice enshrined by the 14th Amendment that grants citizenship to anyone born on U.S. soil — is the latest conservative litmus test, thanks in no small part to Donald Trump, who included it in his immigration platform released Sunday.

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The first time Donald Trump dipped his toe into presidential politics, his relatively moderate tone on abortion was cast as an advantage. Fifteen years later, it's a major liability. Despite an apparent change of heart on the issue a few years ago, many in the anti-abortion movement don't buy that the billionaire who once described himself as having "pro-choice instincts" will do everything he can to end abortion.

"There are a lot of folks that distrust where Trump stands on life because of his track record and even his recent vacillations on Planned Parenthood," Lila Rose, a prominent anti-abortion activist, told TPM.

With Trump's past public comments on abortion, simply labeling himself as "pro-life" now is not enough for the anti-abortion community. It's not just the typical jockeying in the White House race that is riling abortion foes, but a potential government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding comes this fall with a push for a national 20-week abortion ban to follow.

"Absolutely there is a demand for concrete promises," Mallory Quigley, a spokeswoman for the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, told TPM. "People want to see a road map."

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A few weeks ago, Ted Cruz’s calculus for declining to attack Donald Trump seemed obvious: Trump was rallying exactly the core anti-immigration base Cruz had long cultivated, so by sticking out Trump’s inevitable fall, the Texas senator would be the obvious alternative for those followers.

But now that it looks like nothing will knock Teflon Trump out of the race anytime soon, Cruz is running the risk that Trump will ultimately usurp Cruz's brand, his base of support, and the rationale for his entire candidacy.

“Donald Trump has out-Ted Cruz-ed Ted Cruz,” Luis Alvarado, a GOP consultant, told TPM. “He’s probably kicking furniture in his living room.”

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Real estate mogul Donald Trump has made it through the first Republican presidential primary debate and, according to an NBC News poll, remains the undisputed frontrunner for the Republican nomination. Still, the fallout from his comments about Fox News host Megyn Kelly and dysfunction within the ranks of his campaign team could further complicate the direction of his campaign from here on out.

Just before the first Republican primary debate of the election cycle kicked off, New York Magazine reported that Trump's campaign was going through some particularly rough growing pains as the new and old guard duked it out over strategy. Those tensions came to a head over the weekend in what the Trump campaign said was the firing of a top adviser.

Here's a quick guide to those personalities who are running the day-to-day of Trump's campaign or exerting their influence on the candidate from the outside. Several Trump associates have already spectacularly flamed out as well.

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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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