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From Mike Allen’s Playbook:

BREAKING NEWS 1: “BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi government official says U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has arrived in Baghdad for a surprise visit. The official says the California Democrat is meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. … Pelosi’s visit to Baghdad on Saturday comes a day after she led a bipartisan congressional delegation to Israel to mark the 60th anniversary of Israel’s founding.”

House Republican Conference Chairman Adam Putnam (R-Fla.) is also on the trip.

Putnam and Pelosi? There has to be more to story. How did this trip come about? As the House Rs are in turmoil, is this the best move for Putnam?