Washington (CNN) – Politics is serious business - but not all 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.
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Sesame Street's Elmo visited the White House this week just as President Obama signed the Hunger-Free Kids Act into law. Elmo's visit took him to the White House kitchen where he helped Assistant White House Chef Sam Kass with food - and a little politicking.
(CNN) - Republicans scored big victories in Pennsylvania in last month's midterm elections, winning back the governor's office, a U.S. Senate seat and five House seats from the Democrats.
But looking ahead to 2012, a new poll of Keystone state voters indicates there is a plurality of support for re-electing Democratic Sen. Bob Casey Jr.
Washington (CNN) – As the debate over how the tax cut bill will be brought to the floor and voted on was wrapping up, House Democratic leaders abruptly PULLED the "rule" from the floor because they don't know if they have enough votes to even bring the tax bill to the floor, according to a senior Democratic leadership aide.
Before the debate on the tax bill starts, the House first needs to pass the rule on how the debate and votes will go, with a simple majority vote. Because Republicans will all vote against the rule set by Democratic leaders – Pelosi and Democratic leaders need to pass the rule just with Democratic votes.
Washington (CNN) – It's the most talked about of all the hypothetical 2012 presidential matchups: President Barack Obama vs. former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
And a new poll indicates that Obama leads the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee by 22 points. According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal survey released Wednesday, 55 percent say they would back Obama in a possible 2012 showdown, with 33 percent saying they would support Palin.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans took aim Thursday at a nearly $1.1 trillion spending bill designed to fund the federal government for the rest of the current fiscal year, complaining about the cost and size of the measure.
The House of Representatives narrowly passed the legislation Wednesday along largely partisan lines.
Washington (CNN) - Add Rick Santorum to the growing list of possible 2012 GOP presidential candidates who have come out against the tax cut compromise between President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders.
The former Pennsylvania senator says in a statement that "this is clearly a difficult vote where conservatives can honestly end up on either side. I accept Republican assertions that this was the best deal they could get now, and that it would be damaging to this struggling economy to let the biggest tax increase in history go into effect now. However, I think on balance the right vote is a no vote."
(CNN) - Vice President Biden called on Congress to "get out of the way" to allow for a vote on the New START Treaty and criticized members for complaining about their schedule.
"I hope I don't get in the way of your Christmas shopping, but this is the nation's business," Biden said in an interview Wednesday set to air on NBC.
Washington (CNN) - Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is setting a deadline for when he must decide whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
Daniels, a favorite among Republican insiders who respect his fiscally conservative record, said Wednesday that he must figure out his plans by the end of April, when Indiana's legislative session is slated to wrap up.
Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is returning to South Carolina Thursday to headline the Spartanburg Republican Party's Bronze Elephant Dinner.
Gingrich has appeared in the "First-in-the-South" presidential primary state repeatedly in the last year, most recently in October, when he hosted a crowded town hall in Greenville just before Election Day.