Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance. Here are some of the things you might have missed:
Losing Snooki's vote?
In a CBS "60 Minutes" interview Sunday, incoming House Speaker John Boehner - often savaged by comedians for his perpetual tan - put the rumors to rest: "I've never been in a tanning salon in my life," he said. "I've never used a tanning product in my life."
SAN FRANCISCO (CNN) - A lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of three service members discharged from the U.S. military under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, asking for their reinstatement, according to attorneys representing the three.
"This filing is a frontal shot as we prepare to pursue and sustain an aggressive, far-reaching litigation strategy if the Senate fails to act this month to repeal the law," Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Service members Legal Defense Network, said in a statement. "This dispute can be resolved by Congress or the courts."
(CNN) - A Virginia federal judge on Monday found a key part of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care reform law unconstitutional - setting the stage for a protracted legal struggle likely to wind up in the Supreme Court.
U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson struck down the "individual mandate" requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014. The Justice Department is expected to challenge the judge's findings in a federal appeals court.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama signed a sweeping overhaul of child nutrition standards Monday, enacting a law meant to encourage better eating habits in part by giving the federal government more authority to set standards for food sold in vending machines and elsewhere on school grounds.
Among other things, the $4.5 billion measure provides more money to poor areas to subsidize free meals and requires schools to abide by health guidelines drafted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To help offset the higher cost of including more fruits and vegetables, the bill increases the reimbursement rate for school lunches.
(CNN) - Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean dismissed talk Sunday that he will challenge President Obama in 2012, and he predicted the president will avoid a primary fight.
"I don't think he's going to face an opponent in the Democratic primary," Dean said in an interview on CBS. "I think that would be a bad thing for the country, and I think it would be a bad thing for the Democratic Party.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an Independent, joins several leading Democrats, Republicans and other Independent political leaders in the launch of a new group that hopes to find non-partisan solutions to some of the nation's problems and to impact the next Congressional session.
Washington (CNN) - Senators are expected to open debate on the tax compromise reached by President Barack Obama and Republicans Monday, but House Democrats will likely try to change the deal, one of their leaders said.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told reporters that the package will get a vote in the House despite a threat by House Democrats last week to prevent it from reaching the floor.
Washington (CNN) - In the eyes of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, President Obama's press conference last week to address his deal with Republicans on taxes and unemployment benefits was "amateurish."
"The most bizarre part of the whole process was watching President Obama self-destruct at the podium yesterday," Huckabee told the National Journal in an interview published Monday, when asked about the tax deal.
New York (CNNMoney.com) - The Federal Reserve has been in the hot seat since its last meeting. But don't expect its embattled policymakers to signal any significant change of heart when they meet Tuesday.
Economists and other Fed watchers expect the central bank's statement to be somewhat more upbeat than a month ago, acknowledging some signs of improvement in the economy.
Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has organized a private conference call with fellow committee members for Monday night in which he could announce whether he plans to seek a second term.
Steele sent a brief and cryptic email to committee members on Saturday evening, asking them to "join me for a private conference call" and requesting that they RSVP for the call by replying to his personal email address. The email message was forwarded to CNN by multiple RNC members.