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Donald Trump is now set to take a major step for a possible Republican presidential candidate: Traveling to Iowa, where he will headline the state party's annual Lincoln Dinner on June 10.

State GOP chairman Matt Strawn said in a statement: "As Chairman, I have made it a priority to deliver interesting and high-profile national Republican leaders to speak at our events. Mr. Trump's appearance in June is the latest instance of the Iowa GOP working to provide value to its activists, donors and supporters."

Strawn also told the Des Moines Register that he approached Trump last month, during a trip to New York: "When he decided to make a CPAC appearance and first started making rumblings of potentially exploring a presidential run, I thought, if that's the case, we need to reach out to him to headline one of our events."

The toughest rhetoric against potential presidential candidate Mitch Daniels so far isn't coming from his rivals. Computer giant IBM is launching a scathing attack on the Indiana governor over a pair of high-stakes lawsuits concerning a contract with the state that he cut short in 2009.

Daniels canceled a 10-year $1.37 billion contract with IBM to update the state's social services system three years in after numerous complaints and critical articles about its effectiveness. Indiana then sued IBM to recover over $400 million it had already paid.

IBM responded with its own suit demanding the state pay about $100 million for equipment already provided to Indiana. Now the company is demanding Daniels and his chief of staff give sworn depositions in the case and claiming that Daniels is betraying his campaign promises about transparency in government by refusing to comply.

"It's been hypocrisy from the beginning," IBM spokesman Clint Roswell told TPM.

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Sharron Angle, the former Nevada state representative and 2010 Republican Senate nominee who is now running for an open House seat, is soon to roll out a hallmark of much larger, national campaigns: Her own autobiographical book.

The title: "Right Angle."

But unlike presidential candidates and other top-tier politicians, Angle won't be releasing the book through a major publisher -- instead, she'll be going the humble route of the self-publishing houses, in which any aspiring author can pay to have their book printed. The Associated Press reports that Angle intends to release the book in April:

An AuthorHouse spokesman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Angle contracted the book with the leading self-publishing company this month, just days before she announced her campaign for the U.S. House.

Spokesman Kevin Gray says publishing packages can cost up to $15,000. Copies of the book would be printed by demand.

Conservative provocateur James O'Keefe, fresh off his sting operation aimed at NPR, "must raise $50,000 quickly to keep moving forward" he said in an e-mail to supporters.

"Up 'til now, my friends and I have financed all of our work on our own -- running up major credit card debt," O'Keefe writes. "We made a lot of sacrifices -- personally and financially -- because we fight for what we believe in."

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The Karl Rove-linked conservative advocacy group Crossroads GPS has filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration over information about waivers the Department of Health and Human Services granted from the health care reform law.

Crossroads GPS is a non-profit political cash machine, founded by Rove and former RNC chair Ed Gillespie last year. It is not required to release the names of its donors.

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Daily Show correspondent Lewis Black came out last night in support of Donald Trump's potential White House bid because, Black said, the country is ready to move on from presidents and give dictators a shot.

America has tried all sorts of presidents, but none have panned out so well, Black said.

"What this country needs is a crazy third world dictator," Black said. "And Donald Trump has what it takes to be that."

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In a Wall Street Journal op-ed on the one-year anniversary of the health care law, freshman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) recalls the story of his now-adult daughter, who was born with a heart defect, and nearly died -- and suggests she might not have survived if the new health care law had been in place back then.

"I don't even want to think what might have happened if she had been born at a time and place where government defined the limits for most insurance policies and set precedents [sic] on what would be covered," Johnson writes. "Would the life-saving procedures that saved her have been deemed cost-effective by policy makers deciding where to spend increasingly scarce tax dollars?"

It's a new, retroactive twist on the 'death panels' hoax, which has been broadly debunked, but never seems to go away.

It should be noted that one of the current benefits of the health care law prevents insurance companies from discriminating against children with pre-existing medical conditions.

As he struggles to get his legislative year back on track after state House Democrats shut it down five weeks ago, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) is facing a harsh assault from the anti-union right, which is accusing him of "running scared" from organized labor advocates.

It's a strange position for the virulently anti-union Daniels to be in.

"Big Labor Democrats may have fled to Illinois," a newspaper ad from the National Right To Work Committee that ran yesterday in Indiana reads. "But it's you who have been selling out."

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