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A longtime fixture in the political orbit of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and his father, Ron Paul, was indicted Wednesday in an alleged bribery scheme concerning the elder Paul's 2012 presidential bid.

The investigation has been years in the making, and the indictments unveiled on Wednesday were the closest yet to land to the Paul family.

Here are three things you need to know about how development ties into the Kentucky senator's presidential campaign and the Republican primary.

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A couple who has already gained widespread attention for their opposition to same-sex marriage has been appointed to Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) Iowa team, his presidential campaign announced Tuesday.

Having decided to close their business -- an art gallery and event space in a former church -- over their refusal to host a same-sex wedding, Dick and Betty Odgaard are also behind a new campaign to erect 1,000 billboards asserting that marriage should be limited to one man and one woman.

The first billboard for the campaign has already gone up and contains the following quote: "'Please ... I need your help with this!' -- God"

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said on Tuesday the idea of granting undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship — one he supported in 2010 — "is garbage."

Instead, the 2016 candidate said at a campaign stop in New Hampshire, cracking down on businesses that hire immigrants who are here illegally is the best way to solve the problem.

"I met lots of undocumented folks in my state over the course of my time as governor, I can tell you not one of them has ever said to me that they had come here to vote. This path to citizenship stuff is garbage," Christie said. "That's not why they're coming. They're coming to work and support their family."

He went on to outline his plan to use E-Verify and fines to discourage businesses from hiring undocumented immigrants.

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A conservative lawmaker wants to halt the national refugee program that helps immigrants seeking humanitarian asylum in the United States settle into their new communities.

Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) introduced a bill last week that would suspend the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program until the Government Accountability Office (GAO) studied "the costs of providing benefits to such individuals, and for other purposes."

“It is extremely unsettling that the Obama Administration would continue to expand the U.S. resettlement program at such an irresponsible pace in light of our economic and national security challenges,” Babin said in a statement announcing the bill's introduction. “While this program may be warranted in certain situations, it is continuing at an unchecked pace. For the past decade the U.S. has been admitting roughly 70,000 new refugees a year, with little understanding of the economic and social costs on our communities.

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Anti-abortion activists have amped up their campaign attacking Planned Parenthood ahead of a planned Senate vote to end federal funding to the reproductive health organization. The group called Center for Medical Progress released its fourth video overall -- and second this week -- purporting to show that Planned Parenthood is illegally profiting off of procuring tissues from aborted fetuses for researchers.

In Thursday's video, a doctor said to be associated with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains appears to discuss the pricing structure and legal classifications the affiliate prefers in its procurement of tissues for researchers, as well as the abortion protocols it follows to see to it certain tissues remain intact. The video released Tuesday features a woman who says she is a former worker for a tissue procurement company, in which she suggests Planned Parenthood nurses had profit motives in how they asked her to procure specimens.

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Before Donald Trump was dominating sitting governors and U.S. senators in the polls, the top GOP presidential contender was facing off with an adversary of a different sort: Vince McMahon, the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment.

In 2007, the two moguls staged a pay-per-view standoff known as the “Battle of the Billionaires." Akin to how 2016 candidates use surrogates to hash it out on cable news, Trump and McMahon used proxy wrestlers -- Trump, the Bobby Lashley; McMahon, the Umaga -- to settle their “beef.” Their wager? The loser would have his head shaved. If only the stakes of the 2016 debates were so high.

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Wheaton College has taken its battle over Obamacare's birth control mandate from the courtroom to its campus.

The evangelical college in Illinois told its students last week that it would be ending the health insurance plans it had been offering them due to its case against Obama administration, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The school terminated its plan not due to the fact that it was being forced to pay for contraceptive coverage -- it is not -- but that it is in a legal battle over whether it should even have to notify the government that it is seeking a religious exemption to providing contraceptive coverage. The current policy for religious non-profits gives them an exemption, at which point the government directs insurers to provide birth control coverage through a separate policy not paid for by the non-profit.

Wheaton contends that even the act of notifying the government of its religious opposition to birth control coverage makes it complicit in providing birth control. A federal appeals court has rejected Wheaton's contention, so rather than comply with the requirement that it notify the feds, Wheaton is ending all health coverage for students.

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