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Christine O’Donnell to Stage Tea Party vs. Occupy Debate in Tampa

Win McNamee/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Christine O’Donnell is looking to make some trouble in Tampa, Fla.

The former Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Delaware will host a five-day event dubbed Troublemaker Fest at an IMAX theater two blocks from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the Republican National Convention will be held.

Her event, slated for Aug. 26-30, will overlap with the Aug. 27-30 GOP convention.

While details have yet to be released and are still being hashed out, O’Donnell plans to host a debate between panelists from the Tea Party and Occupy movements, representing the opposite ends of America’s current political spectrum.

O’Donnell made waves in the Republican Party and earned national headlines in 2010 for her victory in Delaware’s GOP Senate primary, when she defeated GOP Rep. Mike Castle, a nine-term House member who had been favored to win. O’Donnell lost to Democrat Chris Coons, who now serves as Delaware’s junior senator.

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Trump to Have ‘Major Role’ at GOP Convention, His Aide Claims

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump will have a “major role” at the Republican National Convention, an aide to the real estate mogul tells ABC News.

Trump heads to Tampa the day after receiving the Statesman of the Year award from the Sarasota GOP and will be in Tampa to kick off the start of the Republican National Convention on Aug. 27.

“While I am not at liberty to disclose the specifics of Mr. Trump’s time at the RNC, I can say he will be playing a major role and was happy to honor Gov. Romney’s request to participate in convention events in Tampa,” Trump aide Michael Cohen told ABC News.

The RNC has been rolling out its list of speakers and VIP guests for the convention this week, but Trump’s name and any official role have not been mentioned. Cohen said Trump’s role at the convention will be detailed in a matter of days.

“This is something unique and interesting that will be memorable for the convention-goers as well as those across the nation watching from home,” Cohen said.

GOP convention press secretary Kyle Downey declined to comment on Trump’s claim.

“We have announced several headliners earlier this week and will continue to announce more, including the keynote, in the days and weeks ahead,” Downey said.

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Trump Angling for Invitation to GOP Convention

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If anybody could liven up things at the Republican National Convention later this month, it would be Donald Trump. The real estate magnate and host of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice said as much himself Monday on Fox News' Fox and Friends.

Trump, who briefly entertained running for president while doubting the U.S. citizenship of President Obama, said about a possible invitation by Republicans, "I know they want me to. I’ll see what happens."

After initial misgivings about the candidate, Trump decided to endorse Mitt Romney for president earlier this year, and the presumptive nominee's campaign seems to have welcomed Trump's support.

Even if Trump is not invited to speak at the convention, he will be in Florida the day before to receive a "Statesman of the Year" award from the Sarasota Republican Party.

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Ron Paul Wins Minnesota State Convention

Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Ron Paul backers secured 12 of 13 delegates at Minnesota’ state GOP convention, according to a source who was there and is familiar with the delegates’ leanings.

Saturday’s convention gives Paul 32 of Minnesota’s 40 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., after his strong showing in the state’s congressional-district conventions.

Paul announced on Monday he would no longer campaign in new states but would continue to organize at conventions to secure delegates in states that have already voted.

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Newt Goes Back Home to Georgia as a Presidential Candidate

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(MACON, Ga.) -- Newt Gingrich returned home to Georgia Friday night to deliver his first major speech as an official presidential candidate.  Gingrich, who served as a representative from the Peach State for 20 years, headlined the Georgia GOP Convention in Macon, Ga., presenting his quest to extend American exceptionalism, revitalize the economy, and redirect the foreign policy interests of the United States.

“The United States of America is in trouble and it needs every possible citizen to come to its aid if we are to remain the great center of freedom, the great developer of prosperity and the provider of safety to our citizens and our friends around the world,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich stressed the importance of focusing the election on policies and initiatives instead of personalities by reinforcing his achievements as speaker of the House and laying out his plans for economic revival and foreign policy.

Gingrich’s plan to reinvigorate the economy rests largely in tax cuts, specifically the elimination of the capital gains tax and the "death tax," setting the corporate tax rate at 12.5 percent, and allowing industries to expense all new equipment.

Gingrich criticized President Obama’s foreign policy positions, saying he “doesn’t understand the real world.”

“We have to fundamentally reset our homeland security and our national security policies building around American interests, to protect American lives, working with those countries that are truly our allies.”

The former speaker of the House acknowledged he doesn’t possess the deep pockets of some potential 2012 contenders but remained determined to conduct his campaign through outreach and the mobilization opportunities available through the Internet.

Gingrich will address the 150th commencement at Eureka College, the alma mater of President Ronald Reagan, on Saturday before engaging in a 17-stop tour in Iowa next week.

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