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:
The world according to Jon
Funnyman Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," lambasted Republicans for failing to pass a multibillion-dollar bill that would help 9/11 responders pay for health problems that arose from working at ground zero, among other things. Or as Stewart puts it, "the 'least we can do/no brainer act of 2010.'"
"Of course the Republicans wouldn't be so cowardly as to not vote for the bill and justifying their actions - just cowardly enough not to do it on camera," he said.
Washington (CNN) - A day after Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele confounded his critics by announcing that he will seek re-election, one of his biggest foes threw his weight behind the candidate thought to have the best chance of replacing Steele atop the committee.
Former New Jersey committeman David Norcross, something of a ringleader within the RNC's anti-Steele crowd, co-authored a message Tuesday to the committee's 168 members endorsing Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus. The message was co-signed by former Wisconsin committeeman Michael Grebe.
(CNN) – Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential bid may have ended over two years ago, but one enduring aspect of her campaign remains: the debt.
In an effort to help pay down his wife's remaining campaign debt, former President Bill Clinton is once again lending a hand to bring in donations.
Washington (CNN) - A possible House vote on the tax cut compromise between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans could derail a trip by Rep. Mike Pence to South Carolina Wednesday.
A Republican source confirms to CNN that Pence is scheduled to headline, along with incoming Gov. Nikki Haley, a Wednesday night fundraiser in Columbia for the South Carolina Republican party, but says possible action that day by the House on the controversial tax cut proposal could force Pence to alter his plans.
(CNN) - RNC Chairman Michael Steele announced last night he would seek re-election, surprising some detractors and others from inside the party who were hinting he would be done at the end of the year.
Instead, Steele will fight on – after an onslaught of jabs from the left and right media, and new media in general, during his tenure at the helm of the party.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is set to huddle behind closed doors with his national security team Tuesday to review the administration's policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan - one day after the unexpected death of his diplomatic point man for the region.
Veteran U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke, America's special envoy to the so-called "AfPak" region, died Monday while being treated at a Washington hospital for a tear in his aorta.
(CNN) – Rahm Emanuel is taking to the stand in his bid become Chicago's next mayor.
The former White House chief of staff testifies Tuesday in front of the Chicago Elections Board, as it holds hearings regarding residency challenges to Emanuel's mayoral campaign. More than 30 people have filed legal challenges against Emanuel, claiming that he does not meet the necessary residency requirement to run for mayor.
(CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is not a fan of the tax cut compromise between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans.
In an op-ed Tuesday in USA Today, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate calls the plan a "bad deal" - making Romney the first possible 2012 GOP White House contender to come out against the proposal other than former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
(CNN) - Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller's challenge in the Alaska Senate race now moves to the state Supreme Court where oral arguments are scheduled to begin on Friday, following a new appeal by Miller's campaign.
Miller on Monday filed to appeal a ruling by an Alaska superior court judge which denied his challenge of ballots awarded to Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who ran as a write-in candidate.
Moody's is the latest to warn that the tax deal could imperil the United States' fiscal position.
The rating agency said in a report Monday that last week's agreement between the White House and congressional Republicans should bolster economic growth in the next two years – but at the expense of the nation's already perilous budget position down the road.