(CNN) - NASCAR's Autoclub 400 this Sunday may be the first time President Ronald Reagan has been honored by anyone going fast and turning LEFT.
The famously right-leaning president's 100th birthday will be celebrated on the track and in the stands at the race in Fontana, California. Sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in partnership with Richard Childress Racing, the Reagan centennial seal will be unveiled on the hood of the number 98 car that will be driven in the Sprint Cup series this fall.
(CNN) - It appears GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich was for a no-fly zone in Libya before he was against it.
During an interview on March 7 with Fox News, the former House Speaker was asked what he would do about Libya and he directly answered "exercise a no-fly zone this evening." And on March 17, while appearing at an event in New Hampshire, he accused President Obama of talking loudly and carrying no stick because he believed that Obama lacked a plan for Libya.
But recent comments indicate that Gingrich has changed tack.
(CNN) - Members of a major national conservative grassroots organization team up with local tea party leaders in Indiana Friday to discuss strategy on how to defeat longtime Republican Sen. Dick Lugar in next year's GOP primary. The meeting comes as the senator reaches out Saturday to other local tea party activists in Indiana.
Officials from FreedomWorks will meet with leaders from Hoosiers for a Conservative Senate, which was formed last year by tea party and other conservative activists from across Indiana to find a consensus candidate to challenge Lugar in the primary, who already faces at least one opponent from the right.
(CNN) – Sarah Palin's support among likely Republican primary voters is fading according to a newly-released Gallup poll, the second national survey this week to indicate the Alaska Republican is headed in the wrong direction as the 2012 primary race gears up.
According to the Gallup survey, which was released Friday, Palin draws 12 percent of support from Republicans and Republican-leaning independents - a 4 percent decline from a similar Gallup survey conducted one month ago. Those results are similar to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released earlier this week showing Palin had fallen 7 points between January and March, from 19 percent to 12 percent.
Washington (CNN) – Most Americans who live within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant aren't prepared for a nuclear emergency and don't think the police, hospitals and other emergency services in their community are prepared either, according to a new national poll.
But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday indicates that only four in ten believe it is likely that an accident or natural disaster at the nuclear plant near them will put their family in immediate danger, and only one in seven think that is very likely to happen.
Graphic: Are you prepared?
TOPICS: Whether Americans who live 50 miles or less from a nuclear power plant are prepared for an emergency
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CNN: White House defends Libya response
The Obama administration strongly defended its handling of the Libyan crisis Thursday, drawing a clear line between military and political objectives while dismissing criticism that it has failed to adequately consult with members of Congress. "We are not engaged in militarily-driven regime change," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters. Instead, the administration is engaged in "time-limited, scope-limited" action with other countries to protect civilians from forces loyal to strongman Moammar Gadhafi. American forces will be transitioning to a "support and assist" role in the international coalition within a matter of days, he promised. U.S. ground troops will not be sent into Libya, he stressed.
Politico: Clinton, Gates to brief Congress
As the White House works to assuage congressional anger over U.S. entry into armed conflict in Libya, four top national security officials will give a classified briefing to lawmakers on the war next Wednesday afternoon. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are all expected to speak on the topic of “U.S. Policies and Military Operations in Libya,” according to an invitation circulated to House members.