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Political Circus: Ben & Jerry's founders take on the high court

By Ed Hornick, CNN
Looks like the Supreme Court won't be getting any free samples of Ben and Jerry's ice cream.
Looks like the Supreme Court won't be getting any free samples of Ben and Jerry's ice cream.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Donny Deutsch compares Sarah Palin with "Jersey Shore's" Snooki
  • Sen. Scott Brown's daughter moves to Nashville to start her music career
  • Iran is cracking down on Valentine's Day
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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.

No 'Chunky Monkey' for Supreme Court

The founders of Ben & Jerry's ice cream have a new target -- and it isn't Haagen-Dazs.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield have organized a "coalition of like-minded businesses to protest a Supreme Court ruling that struck down limits on corporate campaign spending in candidate elections."

Juneau Shore

MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch said on the cable network's show "Morning Joe" that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin resembles the darling of MTV's "Jersey Shore."

"She is Snooki. It's the same math. A younger generation, they want to watch this character with big hair, who's funny, you don't know what she's going to say," he said Wednesday.

More: "We watch her, she's interesting-looking, what's she going to say, she's campy, she's kitschy. It's telegenic, it's television, it's entertainment. That's the fascination."

Obama loves 'da Bears'

CNN senior White House correspondent Ed Henry writes that at the end of a quick media photo op of his Oval Office meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao, President Obama was asked by a journalist if he's planning to head to the big game on February 6 in Dallas.

"If the Bears win, I'm going, no doubt," Obama said matter-of-factly.

Don't ask, because I'm not telling

Jonathan Karp, the publisher of the upcoming novel "O" -- which is written by "Anonymous" and gives a fictional account of Obama's 2012 re-election campaign -- asked certain political reporters and analysts in an e-mail not to speculate about the writer's identity, according to the New York Post.

"It would be great if you refrained from commenting, in solidarity with the principle that a book should be judged on its content and not the perceived identity of its author," he said.

Headline of the day

CBS News: "Dick Cheney's Heart: Is it Working?"

Notable quotable

"Rahm is not even 6 feet tall. He probably weighs about 150 pounds dripping wet. But in all the ways that are important, he is a very big person. He has made big decisions" -- Former President Bill Clinton, stumping for Rahm Emanuel, who's running to become Chicago's next mayor.

Notable quotable part deux

"We could have used a few more brothers in the house, there's no doubt about that." -- Outgoing Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele to MSNBC's Chris Matthews.

Brown's on 'Country Song'

Ayla Brown, daughter of Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott Brown, moved to Nashville to start her music career, the Washington Post's "Reliable Source" column reports.

Ayla, who competed on Fox's "American Idol," has said in interviews that she prefers country music over pop.

If that's the case, Nashville's your town.

From the Twitterverse

Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker is living up to his New Year's resolution.

@CoryBooker: Great tought work out early this morning. Today's weight: 279 (-8lbs from start) sticking with it and feeling the results. #Letsmove

A crackdown on love

Reuters reports that Iran has put the kibosh on the manufacturing of Valentine's Day presents and "any promotion of the day celebrating romantic love to combat what it sees as a spread of Western culture." Reuters cited Iranian media reports.

Some of the forbidden products, according to instructions by Iranian officials, are posters, cards, red roses and anything depicting hearts.

Late-night laughs: Hu edition

Jimmy Kimmel: "Chinese President Hu visited the White House today, his first official state visit to the United States. ... Vice President Biden has been instructed not to do his hilarious 'Who's on first?' routine."

David Letterman: "The president of China is visiting the United States. President Hu? That's the man's name. Hu? No, that's what I said: Hu is the man's name. Hu is the president of China?"

Jay Leno: "There was a really awkward moment when the Chinese president met President Obama's young daughters and he asked them, 'So what factory do you kids work at?'"

 
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