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There's more than one wealthy eccentric in the 2016 presidential race now.

John McAfee, who made his fortune on his eponymous anti-virus software, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Committee on Tuesday to run for President as an unaffiliated candidate.

It remains to be seen whether a McAfee 2016 campaign can suck any oxygen away from Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, who has a much higher net worth but, compared to McAfee, a far less interesting personal history. For anyone who has even a passing familiarity with Trump, that's really saying something.

Here are a few points on McAfee's colorful past that could potentially complicate a presidential campaign, from prior arrests to his dual citizenship. His campaign did not immediately return TPM's request for comment.

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Since Donald Trump’s rambling campaign announcement in June, detractors have been quick to dismiss the candidacy of the celebrity tycoon. But the doldrums of August have officially ended, and after a long, hot summer, Trump’s campaign still seems to be thriving. (If anything, he’s at least paying his staffers.)

Here are five points on how Trump’s unlikely campaign has made him the GOP frontrunner:

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Donald Trump is the man to beat at Thursday’s GOP debate, where the Republican presidential candidates trailing him in the polls will attempt to outmaneuver the billionaire’s rhetorical body-slams.

Much of the focus has been on Trump’s hard line on immigration, with other 2016 candidates divided as to whether “The Apprentice” star has carried the party too far to the extremes. However, on a variety of other policy positions, Trump has shown himself to be at odds with the traditional Republican platform. Here’s which issues conservatives wishing to outflank Trump should attack him on:

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The stage was set for fireworks this weekend during the rare Sunday Senate session that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called to push forward a major transportation funding bill, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) did not disappoint. The underlying must-pass bill, which finances federal construction programs on the nation's roads, has become the focus of proxy battles on everything from Planned Parenthood to the Export-Import Bank. Sunday, however, Senate Republicans lined up behind McConnell to shut down Cruz's attempts to wreak havoc on the legislation.

Here is what happened Sunday:

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An undercover video surfaced Tuesday purportedly showing a high-level Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of tissue obtained from aborted fetuses. Heavy emphasis on purportedly.

Conservative media outlets have covered the video extensively. Abortion opponents have alleged the video shows there is a black market for fetal tissue, and the originators of the video allege Planned Parenthood is breaking the law. The apparently casual, some might say callous, tone of the Planned Parenthood official -- shown on the video talking about how to avoid "crushing" certain parts of the fetus during the abortion procedure to preserve more desirable tissue -- has further enflamed the debate.

The video is being blamed (or credited, depending on your point of view) for fueling an effort to derail a bill in Congress to mint a commemorative breast cancer coin because some of the proceeds from the coin were to go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which provides some non-abortion funding to Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood is on the defensive, arguing the video was "heavily edited" and doesn’t show any wrongdoing.

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A rash of church fires in the South, most of them at black churches, has religious leaders and civil rights activists concerned, particularly on the heels of the June 17 shooting at the Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina that left nine African Americans dead. Arson is suspected in some but not all of the fires, and authorities have not yet found evidence to suggest the fires were racially motivated.

Here's what we know and don't know:

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Last week’s Supreme Court decision declaring marriage a constitutional right for same-sex couples has left gay marriage foes grasping at straws. While some states stepped out of the way so gay couples could marry, others have slow-rolled implementing the Supreme Court's ruling, using legal procedural maneuvers, religious freedom arguments, or even by contemplating giving up on marriage altogether.

Here are the five main ways gay marriage foes are resisting the Supreme Court's decision.

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), who's been referred to as "America's craziest governor," is known for his brash leadership style and off-color, at times vulgar remarks.

But LePage has now potentially moved beyond personal insults and into the territory of real injury. He was accused last week of blackmailing a charter school that hired the state's House speaker, Democrat Mark Eves, as president by threatening to withhold $500,000 in state funding unless Eves was fired.

Maine lawmakers are now broaching the subject of impeachment and the state's attorney general has said she's "very troubled" by the accusations against LePage.

Here are five of the most outlandish things LePage has said and done during his tenure as "America's craziest governor."

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