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GOP watch: T-Paw visits the Hawkeye State

The Des Moines Register covers Tim Pawlenty’s visit to Iowa over the weekend. “Pawlenty, on his first extended swing through Iowa, focused his criticism of President Barack Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress on spending programs. He named health care legislation an example of uncontrolled spending and the bailout of the U.S. automotive industry as excessive government intervention.”

The AP: “Even though he hasn't declared a run for president -- a decision he says won't come until 2011 -- Pawlenty has been honing his delivery and attempting to connect with opinion leaders in Iowa. The three-day foray that began Saturday was something of a dress rehearsal for next year's run-up to the 2012 caucus, the first step in the nominating process.”

“Controversial RNC Chairman Michael Steele backed out of an appearance at the National Association of Black Journalists convention on Friday, citing food poisoning,” The Hill writes. “Later than evening, the RNC alerted donors via email that an August fundraiser featuring Steele alongside conservative media personality Andrew Breitbart would be postponed.”


But the fundraiser is still on, the Washington Times notes. “The Republican National Committee will invite Andrew Breitbart to its rescheduled ‘big donor’ fundraiser in Southern California, which had been set to feature the conservative columnist and online-media mogul, along with numerous California Republican politicians.”

The Washington Post profiles Paul Ryan.

Questioning the 14th Amendment, Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) called for hearings on whether people born of illegal immigrants should be granted citizenship.

For the record, the 14th Amendment is pretty clear in its opening line of Section 1: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” And: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”

Dick Cheney might leave the hospital later this week.