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Political Circus: Guess who didn't watch 'Sarah Palin's Alaska'?

By Ed Hornick, CNN
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, hasn't always seen eye to eye with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, hasn't always seen eye to eye with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "Sarah Palin's Alaska" debuts on TLC, but one prominent Alaskan wasn't watching
  • Former President Clinton films a cameo in the movie "Hangover 2"
  • George and Laura Bush certainly like their puzzles

Washington (CNN) -- Politics is serious business -- but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail, there's always something that gets a laugh. Here are some of the things you might have missed:

What does your Alaska look like?

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is busy these days as a ballot count is under way to determine whether she'll keep her seat, but she made it known to The Associated Press that she wouldn't be watching Sarah Palin's venture into reality television, TLC's "Sarah Palin's Alaska."

"I know what my Alaska looks like," Murkowski told the AP.

Murkowski launched a write-in campaign for re-election after Palin-backed candidate Joe Miller won the Republican primary.

Between a rock climber and a hard place

Didn't see the maiden voyage of Palin's show?

People magazine critic Tom Gliatto has what he calls the show's top three moments.

Sarah Palin: Politician and TV star?
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A sampling: "Palin and husband Todd climb the base of Mount McKinley. ... The segment was a bit hokey, but Palin deserves credit for making her way up a rock face despite an admitted fear of heights. I wouldn't have blamed her for standing on a stepladder and calling it a day."

One more piece and I'll have the Statue of Liberty

Former first lady Laura Bush waxed poetic on her life inside the White House on "CBS Sunday Morning." So how did the first couple relieve the stresses of the White House? Puzzles and pigskin.

"I knew when we came home late in the afternoon from the Oval Office that ... what he wanted to do was sit with me and work on the jigsaw puzzle that we worked on and watch baseball on television or football on television or some other sport and relax," she said in the interview.

Class photo time

In this Getty Images photo, Rep.-elect Jeff Landry, R-Louisiana, poses for a portrait before the new member orientation Monday on Capitol Hill.

From the Twitterverse

CNN political producer Peter Hamby weighs in on new members of Congress descending on Washington this week, especially Sen.-elect Marco Rubio, R-Florida.

@hambypCNN Bigger hubbub around Scott Brown's arrival to cap hill, or Rubio's?

Clinton's 'Hangover'

People magazine confirms that former President Clinton recently filmed a scene for the upcoming comedy "The Hangover 2."

"Clinton, who'll play himself in the comedy, shot his brief appearance on Saturday in Bangkok, [Thailand], where part of the production takes place," People reports. "He was in the capital city to deliver a speech on clean energy."

Headline of the day

"So maybe Bill Clinton didn't inhale, but the former president did snag a cameo in 'The Hangover 2'

So which is it?

Sen. John McCain's wife, Cindy, came out last week in support for the NoH8 campaign, which seeks to strengthen equal rights for gays and lesbians -- including their right to serve openly in the military. She appeared in a video rallying against the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

But Friday she clarified her remarks on Twitter, saying she does "fully support the NOH8 campaign and all it stands for and am proud to be a part of it. But I stand by my husband's stance on DADT."

The Arizona Republican's position, by the way, has been one of holding off on repeal and arguing that further study needs to be done.

Late-night laughs

Jay Leno: "President Obama's overseas trip has been such a disaster that people in Kenya now claim that he has an American birth certificate."

David Letterman: "It's the debut of the Sarah Palin show. Did you know that? It's called 'Sarah Palin's Alaska,' and she takes you all around Alaska. She'll show you where she waterboarded Levi Johnston."

"Saturday Night Live's" Jason Sudeikis portraying George W. Bush with his new pal, "Kanye West":: "We're both rich, right? We're both impulsive, yeah? He interrupted Taylor Swift in an awards show -- and I interrupted how well our country was doing for eight years."

 
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