Tracking the GOP race to 2012

Sarah Palin made her debut as a contributor on Fox News, appearing on The O'Reilly Factor; her speech at the Tea Party Convention will be closed to press; she and Bristol will grace the cover of InTouch; Tim Pawlenty will headline the Susan B. Anthony List's fundraising gala in Washington, DC in March; Pawlenty was slated to travel to Texas today, reportedly to raise money for his Freedom First PAC; he'll also hold fundraisers for the PAC in Minnesota Jan. 19 and 21; and Mike Pence suggested the House GOP Conference might open its meetings to press in the future.