In it, but not of it. TPM DC

It's been a long time coming, but Wednesday Donald Trump's campaign is promising the candidate will unveil a new and detailed immigration plan that will clarify a year of flip-flops, ambiguity and policies that even many in his own party dismissed on their face as unserious.

What we know is that Trump plans to continue talking about his border wall, as well as ending sanctuary cities, but there are still big blanks to fill in including the very serious question of what Trump plans to do with the estimated 11 million immigrants still living in this country illegally.

In recent days, Trump's surrogates have remained vague about what Trump will actually say. Asked repeatedly if Trump will continue to continue to promote his deportation force in Wednesday's speech, his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told Bloomberg Monday that Trump "has not talked about that in a very long time," but that voters will have to wait until the speech to know for sure.

Some early reporting indicates that we might not get much clarity at all from the much-hyped speech. CNN's Jim Acosta reported that a senior aide told him that Trump plans to secure the border now and postpone conversations about what to do beyond that for a few years.

But, let's pretend for a second that Trump is indeed going to fill in the blanks. Here is what you will want to be watching for.

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In his congressional office, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) keeps a series of drafts on immigration reform at the ready. They are proposals– many bipartisan–that he's painstakingly hammered out with colleagues over the years, reflections of the compromises that are possible if the Republican-controlled House ever wanted to prioritize immigration reform.

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Donald Trump’s latest line of attack against Hillary Clinton is putting Republicans in an awkward position, with even the GOPers out stumping for his campaign squirming when pressed whether they agree with his claim that Clinton is a "bigot."

As Clinton this week ramped up her attacks on Trump’s connections to the alt-right movement, the GOP nominee countered by explicitly labeling her a “bigot,” first in a speech slamming her "bigotry" earlier this month and then during an interview with Anderson Cooper Thursday evening where he said, “She is a bigot."

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In a not unexpected move, immigrant advocates filed a lawsuit Thursday taking on a federal court ruling that blocked President Obama's 2014 executive actions providing deportation relief to certain undocumented immigrants.

The lawsuit argues that the federal judge who blocked the implementation of the programs -- Andrew Hanen, a conservative in southern Texas -- did not have the authority to impose a nationwide injunction. Because the Supreme Court was evenly divided when Hanen’s order was appealed to the eight justices, the new lawsuit could open the door for Obama's actions to go back into effect for at least some undocumented immigrants living in other parts of the country.

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Donald Trump and his campaign have spent the last several days issuing puzzling statements about eradicating detention centers and potentially reversing his original plan to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. It still may be too soon to know if Trump's backtracking is intentional or just classic Trump hip shooting, but one thing is certain.

No matter which policy prescriptions for immigration Trump finally lands on, the Republican Party's fortunes with Latino voters are inextricably tied to a candidate who has already done long-term damage to the Republican brand.

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Texas and four other states, along with some religious medical organizations, filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a regulation issued by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on transgender health. The challengers say the regulation -- which bans the discrimination of transgender health treatment in federally-funded services -- amounts to numerous statutory and constitutional violations, including infringing on the religious liberty of doctors.

The Becket Fund -- a religious freedom legal advocacy group that successfully sued the Obama administration over the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate -- is also involved with the case

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In January 2013, dismayed and defeated after Barack Obama had won his second term and Democrats had maintained the Senate, House Republicans–intact, but fraying–gathered at the Kingsmill Resort near historic Williamsburg. A GOP pollster familiar to many of them rose and addressed her mostly male audience. Stop, she urged them, talking about rape.

It’s a “four-letter word,” pollster Kellyanne Conway said, according to reports from the time.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services fired back at the suggestion by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that the agency was wasting money on Obamacare outreach that could be used on Zika funding.

"The last person who should criticize HHS for not being focused on Zika is the Senate Republican leader who has refused to compromise in order to get a clean, bipartisan funding bill to the President’s desk," an HHS spokesperson said in a statement to TPM Friday evening. The statement was in response to a letter McConnell sent to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell Friday hounding her on reports of a new outreach campaign for Obamacare enrollment.

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Paul Manafort, who made his name (and fortune) as a career power lobbyist, political consultant to dictators, and veteran Republican operative, seems to have finally met his match in Donald Trump.

With news that Manafort resigned from the campaign on Friday, less than three months before Election Day, after being sidelined in favor of new hires Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, Trump firmly rebuked the calls for a more professional and traditional campaign that Manafort promised to implement.

Stuck in a bad reality TV show – and with growing focus on his own dealings with pro-Russian forces in the Ukraine – Manafort jumped ship after losing his central role in the campaign. With a candidate whose persona is staked on lobbing off-color remarks over any perceived slight, speaking off script, and spinning his own controversies into news cycles, Manafort's task was perhaps doomed to fail. But maybe not this spectacularly.

In the nearly five months of Manafort’s reign, Trump managed to get into all kinds of trouble. Here are just a few of the best and worst blunders from the Manafort era and the great general election pivot that never quite arrived.

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