American politics have been the subject of satire since before the country's founding – a political cartoon depicting a snake cut into eight parts, representing eight American colonial governments, ran in Benjamin Franklin's newspaper in 1754. These days the US benefits from a healthy dose of humorous political commentary, but when the jokers run for political office (jokingly of course, right?) some funny things can happen. Here are five memorable ones.
The nomination of Kelly Ayotte for a US Senate seat from New Hampshire is good news for the Republican Party establishment, given these 'tea party' times.
Elena Kagan, President Obama's second appointment to the US Supreme Court, was sworn in Saturday as an associate justice. Which cases will she hear first?
Homeless dogs Lelya (l.) and Hatiko pose during their wedding ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine, on Friday. The ceremony was organized by Ukraine's first ever dogs' wedding agency to raise awareness of the nation's homeless animals.
Elena Kagan is President Barack Obama's second appointment to the court that decides abortion, death penalty and other contentious cases. Elena Kagan won Senate approval on Thursday as the newest Supreme Court Justice.
Elena Kagan was confirmed to a seat on the Supreme Court Thursday. The Senate voted 63-37, mostly along party lines, to make Kagan America's 112th Supreme Court justice.
Elena Kagan debate began in the Senate Tuesday. The start of several days of discussion over her nomination to the Supreme Court was marked by partisan divides, but Elena Kagan is expected to easily win confirmation.
Without 'cap and trade,' Senate majority leader Harry Reid said Tuesday the narrower energy bill has a better shot at overcoming GOP opposition.
Sen. Richard Lugar becomes the second Republican to say he will support Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Sen. Lindsey Graham announced his support Tuesday.
Elena Kagan moved one step closer Tuesday to becoming the third woman on the US Supreme Court, to the satisfaction of President Obama and women's groups. Next up: full Senate debate and a vote before the August recess.