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Sarah Palin teams up with the Susan B. Anthony List in D.C. Friday, the recession is apparently over for California Republicans and Chuck Norris returns to Iowa.

Choose life, choose to run for president

As Palin prepares to address the anti-abortion-rights group's "Celebration of Life" breakfast Friday, a new Gallup poll shows that more Americans call themselves "pro-life" than "pro-choice."

The survey, conducted May 3-6, had 47 percent of respondents as "pro-life" and 45 percent as "pro-choice." The two-point margin doesn't seem that significant, but Gallup notes "it represents the third consecutive time Gallup has found more Americans taking the pro-life than pro-choice position on this measure since May 2009, suggesting a real change in public opinion."

Palin will leave D.C. for South Carolina, where she's expected to endorse state Rep. Nikki Haley (R), who's running for governor.

A very private fundraiser

Fiorina took a page of out Meg Whitman's playbook Thursday and cut another personal check for her campaign. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO added an additional $1.1 million to her campaign coffers, according to the Los Angeles Times. Taken with the $2.5 million loan she made to her campaign last fall, Fiorina has lent $3.6 million of her own money to her effort to unseat Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).

And the well hasn't run dry. Her filings with the Senate Ethics Committee show Fiorina has assets of $27.7 million to $121 million.

The Ranger is back

Terry Branstad should watch his back. Bob Vander Plaats, his rival for the Iowa GOP gubernatorial nod, is bringing in actor/martial artist Chuck Norris for four campaign events in June, according to the Des Moines Register. Norris will also help Vander Plaats raise money — there will be a $500-per-couple private reception with Norris before the appearances.

Norris famously campaigned with Mike Huckabee during the 2008 Iowa caucus race. The former Arkansas governor went on to win, and subsequently kept making campaign appearances with Norris throughout the GOP presidential primary.

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