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Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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Attendees at a Republican fundraiser in Colorado Wednesday say that House Speaker John Boehner called Sen. Ted Cruz a "jackass," the Daily Caller reported

Two of the attendees -- one going on record with his name -- told the Daily Caller that Boehner referred to the Texas Republican as a jackass during his remarks. In their accounts, Boehner said that the 2016 presidential race kept "that jackass" away from Washington.

The event was a fundraiser for Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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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 and Univision were no fans of one another before Trump kicked renown Univision host Jorge Ramos out of a press conference Tuesday. But in a statement released Wednesday evening, Univision president Randy Falco made clear his disapproval of Ramos' ejection from the press event.

"The recent treatment that Jorge Ramos received at Mr. Trump's press conference in Iowa is beneath contempt," Falco said. "As a Presidential candidate, Mr. Trump is going to get tough questions from the press and has to answer them."

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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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Even after Univision host Jorge Ramos was kicked out of a Donald Trump press conference for challenging the GOP 2016 frontrunner, the angry language didn't stop once Ramos had been escorted to the hallway.

"Get out of my country. Get out," a Trump supporter told Ramos after he had been escorted from the press conference in a video posted by Fusion. In the video, Ramos calmly responds to the supporter that he is, in fact, a U.S. citizen.

"Well, whatever ... it's not about you," the supporter said, aggressively gesturing at the Univision host.

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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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Last week, a local council in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish voted against changing an existing street name to Martin Luther King Boulevard, but not before a heated debate among its residents, seen in a video posted by Nola.com Monday.

The proposal to change the name of half-mile stretch of roadway in the parish’s predominantly black community Violet was first introduced by the local NAACP in March, according to WDSU News. Rev. Kevin Gabriel, president of the local NAACP chapter, told reporters at last Tuesday’s meeting that 28 of the 34 households on the street signed the petition in support of the changing the name from Colonial Boulevard to Martin Luther King Boulevard.

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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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Turns out Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) isn't so comfortable being grouped in with Donald Trump's hardline anti-immigration stances after all.

Asked by CNBC's John Harwood about ending birthright citizenship — an effort Trump has endorsed — Walker said Friday, "I'm not taking a position on it one way or another."

He added, "Until you secure the borders and enforce the laws, any discussion about anything else is really looking past the very things we have to do."

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