Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama leads Sarah Palin by 8 percentage points in a hypothetical 2012 general election matchup, according to a new national poll.
But a Quinnipiac University survey also indicates that a plurality of Americans don't think Obama deserves to be re-elected to a second term in the White House.
(CNN) - The same weekend a federal judge ordered the web site Gawker to remove unauthorized excerpts of Sarah Palin's upcoming book, the former Alaska governor released a sneak peek of her own on Facebook.
The upcoming book "America by Heart," which hits bookshelves Tuesday, is being billed as a largely inspirational portrayal of Americans Palin has met since rocketing to national fame two years ago.
But as the 11-paragraph excerpt makes clear, the book is not all together void of politics.
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CNN: Gingrich's presidential demands
If presidential debate organizers want former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to participate in their forums, they'll have to meet his stipulations. "I would not participate if it was a hostile reporter asking 'gotcha' questions with a certain time limit," Republican Gingrich said on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" Sunday. He said instead of participating in debates sponsored by the media, candidates should invite news outlets to cover their debates.
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For all his success in helping elect ultraconservatives to the Senate, Sen. Jim DeMint now must face the difficult consequences of one spectacular, all but certain failure. Even as DeMint says he would welcome fellow Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski back to the Senate, the South Carolinian is still urging conservative activists around the country to donate money to replace the Alaskan incumbent with tea party favorite Joe Miller.