Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, himself weighing a presidential run in 2012, said Thursday that he expects Sarah Palin to be among the Republican contenders seeking the GOP nomination.
Asked to size up the prospective field during an interview with conservative magazine Newsmax, Gingrich rattled off a list of Republicans he expects to run.
"Well there are going to be lots of Republican running: Gov. Romney clearly, Gov. Palin, Gov. Huckabee, Gov. Mitch Daniels, Gov. Haley Barbour, Gov. Tim Pawlenty. I think John Thune, the senator from South Dakota is going to get in. Ron Paul is probably going to run again. So I think it will be a lively campaign, there will be a lot of good candidates," Gingrich said.
Washington (CNN) - A traffic stop can be unnerving enough, but try it with thousands of people listening in as you're pulled over.
Police in suburban Washington stopped Congressman Dan Lungren, R-California, on his way to work Friday morning, right in the middle of a live interview with a radio station in his home district.
Just as CNN Radio affiliate KFBK in Sacramento began the interview on Lungren's International Megan's Law bill, listeners heard the officer say sternly "can you hang up the phone, sir?"
(CNN) - Sarah Palin's dropping into Georgia to weigh in on the state's increasingly bitter Republican gubernatorial battle, one day before the primary runoff election.
According to the campaign of GOP candidate Karen Handel, Palin will team up with Georgia's former secretary of state at a get out the vote campaign rally on Monday August 9. The next day Handel faces off against former Rep. Nathan Deal in the runoff contest.
Handel was endorsed before the July 20 primary by the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee. Palin's backing appeared to quiet some on the right who criticized Handel as not being conservative enough and appeared to help Handel rise in the final polls conducted before the primary.
Washington (CNN) - House ethics committee investigators have recommended that Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York be reprimanded, according to one of those investigators, Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas.
A reprimand would be a relatively light punishment, compared with censure and expulsion. The recommendation was made to the ethics committee before Thursday's public hearing detailing charges against Rangel.
The full committee and the House would have to approve any sanction against Rangel.
Asked about the recommendation, Rangel initially told CNN on Friday that it's "untrue." Rangel's attorney, however, later said that the embattled congressman "misspoke" and the possibility of a reprimand "was one of a number of issues addressed in settlement discussions."
A new CNN poll explores how Americans view political parties. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)
Washington (CNN) - With just over three months until November's midterm elections, a new national poll gives a picture of how Americans view the two political parties battling for control of Congress.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday, Democrats hold a 46 to 39 percent advantage over the Republican party on the question of which party cares more about the needs of people like you, with the Democrats and the GOP tied on which party can bring the kind of change the country needs.
But the poll indicates that the Republicans have a small to significant edge on several other measures.
The GOP is slightly ahead when it comes to which party agrees with you on the issues (a two point advantage) and on which party can improve the economy (a three point advantage). The Republicans hold an eight point margin over the Democrats on which party shares your view of the government and which party can effectively manage the government.
(CNN) - Bob Costantini and Candy Crowley discuss guests on State of the Union and the issues of Charles Rangel's ethics charges, plus the growing U.S. death toll in Afghanistan.
Washington (CNN) - The heated debate over a controversial Arizona immigration law which partially took affect this week could push Hispanic voters away from a Republican party looking for their support, according to the findings of a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday indicates that on the question of which party cares more about people like you, Hispanic respondents pick the Democrats over the Republicans by 27 points. And when asked which party agrees with you on the issues that matter most to you, Democrats hold a 25 point advantage among Hispanics.
But Republicans hold a 44-38 percent advantage among Hispanics on which party can do a better job improving the economy.
"Most Hispanics also say that the government is doing too much that should be left to businesses and individuals," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
TOPICS: Opinion of parties, opinion of government, most important problem, chances of electing a president who is black, Hispanic, female.
Rhinebeck, NY (CNN) - For days, the grass in front of the Beekman Arms Inn in Rhinebeck, New York has looked like the White House North Lawn. The hotel, reportedly hosting many of Chelsea Clinton's wedding guests, is surrounded by reporters, all clamoring for the smallest detail about the closely-guarded affair.
Clinton, 30, is expected to wed investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, 32, in the town on Saturday at Astor Courts, a posh estate built more than a century ago along the Hudson River.
Until tomorrow, visitors will be able to come as close to the mansion as the gated, dirt road entrance to the property (the venue is about a half mile past its gate). On Saturday, the road leading to Astor Courts, as well as the air space above it will be blocked. State police will also be patrolling the parts of the Hudson with "high traffic." All in an effort presumably to ensure both security and privacy for Clinton's nuptials.
Sawhorses are currently stacked on River Road, the road leading to the estate, and there has been construction on the road this week.
(CNN) - A week after launching a branch of his political action committee in California, Mike Huckabee is expanding the political operation into his newly adopted state of Florida.
HuckPAC began filing the necessary paperwork on Thursday to create a Florida chapter, with the goal of supporting local and state-level candidates along with federal ones.
"We do this because we recognize that true conservatives must be returned to office at every level of government," HuckPAC executive director Hogan Gidley told CNN.
The potential 2012 presidential candidate switched his residency from Arkansas to Florida, where he and his wife own a home, in April. At the time, Huckabee dismissed speculation that the move to the battleground state was a political calculation. He called it a "personal decision" that would have him splitting his time between Florida, Arkansas and New York, where he hosts a Fox News talk show.