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 teachers' union vote is reliably Democratic. Yet before Election 2010, widely seen as a difficult one for Democrats, teachers feel that Obama is antagonizing them with his reform agenda.
Democrats are expected to lose House seats in Election 2010, but in districts where demographics are shifting their way they are working to upset Republican incumbents. California's Third District is one.
Jeff Zucker, chief executive of NBC Universal, and Jon Klein, CNN president, were shown the door Friday, in a day of upheaval in the TV industry. Prime-time viewers have slipped at each firm.
Colin Powell advocates finding a way for illegal immigrants to gain citizenship status because they perform valuable tasks in this country. In a televised appearance Sunday, Colin Powell added President Obama should be questioned on policy, 'not nonsense.'
Christine O'Donnell was a surprise win in Delaware’s GOP Senate primary. Now, Republicans from all over are rushing to close ranks and support her.
Christine O'Donnell's victory Tuesday prompted Bush adviser Karl Rove, who is trying to fashion GOP majorities in Congress, to say of her general election prospects, "This is not a race we're going to be able to win."
'America's Got Talent': Michael Grimm, a Mississippi native, was revealed as the winner of the NBC variety competition on its season conclusion airing Wednesday. Viewers had cast their votes after Tuesday's performance show.
Tax cuts passed under President Bush are about to expire, prompting a fierce partisan battle over whether they should be renewed.