Washington (CNN) - Two new polls, but as of now the same old story: Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and Sarah Palin remain the leaders of the pack in hypothetical 2012 GOP presidential nomination matchups.
According to an ABC News-Washington Post survey, 21 percent of Republican or independent leading Republicans say that as of now, Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate, is their choice for their party's presidential nomination, with 19 percent supporting Palin, the former Alaska governor and Sen. John McCain's runningmate in the last presidential election, and 17 percent backing Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who also ran for the White House in 2008.
Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama marks two years in office, a new national poll indicates that Americans are divided over whether his presidency has so far been a success or failure.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, 45 percent say the first two years of the Obama administration have been a success, with 48 percent describing it as a failure. The poll's Thursday release comes on the second anniversary of the inauguration of Obama as president.
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CNN: U.S., China pledge cooperation on key issues
U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao lifted glasses at a White House state dinner Wednesday night, with Obama saying that "while it's easier to focus on our differences of culture and perspective, let us never forget the values that our people share. A reverence for family, the belief that with education and hard work and sacrifice, the future is what we make of it and, most of all, our desire to give our children a better life," Obama said, enumerating what he called common values between the U.S. and China in toasting Hu. Hu, toasting Obama at the first formal state dinner for China in more than 13 years, praised the U.S. president for bringing the two countries closer together.
CNN: Chinese president faces chilly welcome in U.S. Congress
After all the niceties of a state dinner at the White House, the reception Chinese President Hu Jintao receives on Capitol Hill Thursday may be a bit chilly in comparison. Hu is scheduled to meet separately with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner. Neither man attended Wednesday night's dinner in honor of the Chinese leader. Reid called Hu a "dictator" in a Tuesday television interview, but quickly recanted his words. "Maybe I shouldn't have said dictator, but they have a different type of government than we have and that is understatement."