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Political Circus: Congressional sleepover

By Ed Hornick, CNN
Some new members of Congress will be calling  Longworth office building home.
Some new members of Congress will be calling Longworth office building home.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Some members of Congress say their offices will be their homes
  • Former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine ties the knot
  • Pentagon to research flying snakes?
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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:

You say cheap, I say thrifty

Fiscal conservativism got incoming House freshmen into office, and now they plan to show their constituents that they mean it.

The Wall Street Journal reports: "With voters again shunning Washington and fiscal excess, a number of incoming House members plan to demonstrate their scorn for both by camping out near their new desks. Many more are still undecided but may well join the sleep-sofa caucus."

Freshman Todd Rokita, R-Indiana, summed it up to the Journal: "I'm not doing this as a political stunt," he said. "I'm doing this because I'm a cheap b------."

An inside wedding

Mazel tov to former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine on his marriage last week to Sharon M. Elghanayan. The New York Times reports they were married inside Corzine's Hoboken, New Jersey, apartment.

What's in a word?

ABC News takes a look at how your preference for certain words -- such as "marriage" or "homelessness" -- may reveal which party you belong to.

Headline of the day

AOL: "Pentagon Wants Secret of Flying Snakes"

Following in Reagan's footsteps

The Motion Picture Association of America is looking for a new chairman, according to The New York Times -- and some unlikely candidates are being considered.

"According to a headhunter with knowledge of the search, but who asked for anonymity because the search is private, one candidate is Christopher J. Dodd, the powerful Democratic senator from Connecticut, who is retiring," the Times reports. "Bill Richardson, the exiting governor of New Mexico, is also in the mix, this person said."

Stay tuned.

Late-night laughs

Conan O'Brien: "And I do have a lot to be thankful for. I've got a new show, I've got a new studio, and I never have to watch Bristol Palin dance again."

Jay Leno: "This holiday season the TSA will handle more packages than the post office."

Jimmy Fallon: "President Obama told Barbara Walters last night that he'll 'have problems if the American people are dissatisfied with him.' In a related story, Obama has problems."

David Letterman: "40 million people traveling on Thanksgiving -- and those are just the Democrats leaving Washington."

Jimmy Kimmel: "We freak out if a TSA agent touches the outside of our pants but [on] Black Friday we'll hump each others' heads to get to Walmart to save eight bucks on a PSP [PlayStation Portable]."

 
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