Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail, there's always something that gets a laugh. Here are some of the things you might have missed.
No anger management for Boehner
Apparently when soon-to-be House Speaker John Boehner gets angry, his voice goes from normal to soft, The Hill's Kris Kitto writes.
"Several of Boehner's confidants, past and present, confirm that he has that cool-as-a-cucumber temperament."
Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and expected Speaker-to-be Rep. John Boehner met Wednesday morning for the first time since the election. The unannounced meeting the two men who will lead the next Congress took place in Reid's office suite in the Capitol.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama signed an executive order Wednesday clarifying the ground rules for religious groups partnering with the federal government through the White House's controversial faith office.
The order says that religious organizations receiving federal funds must conduct explicitly religious activities in a time and place that are different from when and where they do government-financed work.
Washington (CNN) - Republican candidates, party organizations, and independent groups spent just over $115 million during the midterm election campaign on televisions commercials critical of President Barack Obama.
According to a new analysis of TV ad spending for CNN by Campaign Media Analysis Group, the $115 million is a record for a midterm election cycle.
(CNN) – Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes isn't holding back when it comes to his opinion of President Obama, saying in a recent interview that he espouses a version of "socialism…too far left" even for some European countries.
Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."
Washington (CNN) - It's hard, when you've run something, to come back and realize you're not going to be in charge anymore. Democrats have been demoted to minority status in the House, and it's probably not much fun. No chairmanships to dole out, no rules to write, no votes to pass much of anything.
Getting shellacked requires some adjustment, some soul-searching and some new understanding of how to start fixing it all.
Washington (CNN) - John Boccieri shouldn't be happy.
The first term Congressman from Ohio lost his re-election effort two weeks ago, running a campaign that emphasized his support for Democratic initiatives like health care reform, cap and trade, and the stimulus bill.
Washington (CNN) - Only a third of all Americans think Bush-era tax cuts should be extended for families regardless of how much money they make, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday also indicates a vast majority of the public is in favor of allowing openly gay people to serve in the U.S. military. Both issues are high on the agenda for federal lawmakers who have returned to the nation's capitol this week for the lame duck session of Congress.
See the full results after the jump: