(CNN) - Donald Trump hasn't announced a run for president yet, but the businessman-turned-television host isn't surprised by some positive new poll numbers.
Trump explained on his YouTube channel Wednesday that a potential matchup showing him virtually tied with President Barack Obama came as no shock.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats rejected Tuesday a House Republican leadership proposal to extend government funding for two weeks past March 4, the date when current funding expires.
House Republicans want the short-term bill to cut $4 billion in government spending during those two weeks - a prorated figure based on the more than $60 billion in spending cuts the House passed for the rest of this fiscal year.
(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be making a trans-continental trip to India in March to speak at the India Today 2011 conclave in New Delhi, Palin aide Rebecca Mansour tweeted Wednesday.
Palin, who is weighing a possible 2012 run for the Republican presidential nomination, is set to speak on March 19, delivering a keynote address on "My Vision of America." Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the 2008 vice presidential candidate questions, according to the conference program.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States strongly condemns the use of violence on protesters in Libya and said a unified international response was forming.
"The suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it is unacceptable," Obama said in his strongest and most direct statements to date on the unrest in Libya. "So are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters and further punish the people of Libya. These actions violate international norms and every standard of common decency. This violence must stop."
(CNN) – Three familiar Republicans are neck-and-neck in a hypothetical race for the 2012 GOP nomination, according to a new Gallup poll, and they're the same three that have taken the top spots in recent surveys.
Though Mike Huckabee is ahead of the pack with 18 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents saying they'd be most likely to support the former Arkansas governor in a Republican primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are hot on his heels and tied, each with 16 percent of the vote.
Washington (CNN) - Don't expect an announcement this Saturday at the Democratic National Committee's winter meetings by DNC Chairman Tim Kaine on whether he'll run for the open Senate seat in Virginia.
DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan tells CNN that there's been no change in the timetable for the former Virginia governor to decide if he'll make a Senate bid. Earlier this month, after Democratic Sen. Jim Webb announced that he wouldn't run for re-election next year, the DNC said that Kaine would decide by early March.
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic and Republican Congressional fundraising arms launched campaigns Wednesday targeting vulnerable candidates ahead of the 2012 election.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) will run automated phone calls, web ads and emails throughout the week aimed at 50 House Republicans for "backing partisan plans that make the wrong budget choices."
Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.
They want me! They really want me!
Christine O'Donnell, the headline-grabbing former Republican U.S. Senate candidate, recently announced on her Facebook page that the producers of ABC's hit show "Dancing with the Stars" asked her to be a contestant on the upcoming season.
Washington (CNN)– President Barack Obama has ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as only between a man and woman, according to a statement Wednesday from Attorney General Eric Holder.
"The president has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny," Holder said.
(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is taking aim at the world's oldest profession, calling for an end to legal prostitution in his home state of Nevada.
Addressing state legislators Tuesday in Carson City, the Democrat said it was time for an "adult conversation" on a topic that often spurs as much awkward laughter as it does serious debate. He warned the state's Wild West tradition has become an impediment to economic growth, causing companies to think twice before relocating there.