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Political Circus: 'Sarah Palin' gets trademarked

By Ed Hornick, CNN
Sarah Palin signs her new book on November 23 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Sarah Palin signs her new book on November 23 in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Sarah Palin is serious about her name: She trademarked it
  • Incoming White House Press Secretary Jay Carney hits up a D.C. hotspot
  • A Kennedy turkey on the loose in Massachusetts?

Washington (CNN) -- Politics is serious business -- but not all the time.

What's in a name?

A lot if you're one of the Palins.

Politics Daily reports that Sarah Palin's lawyer has filed applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the names "Sarah Palin" and "Bristol Palin."

According to records, the "Sarah Palin" trademark was filed November 5, just days after the 2010 midterm elections.

More interesting timing? Bristol Palin's application was filed September 15, five days before she appeared on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

Weekend at Jay's

Newly minted White House Press Secretary Jay Carney hasn't even stepped into his role, but his weekend activities are already hitting the blogs.

FishbowlDC notes that Carney recently hit up D.C. hotspot 9:30 Club for a battle of the bands. Turns out his son Hugo is part of the band Twenty20.

Writer Alec Jacobs quips: "Which begs the question: elementary school kids have bands? The kids participating in the battle all must go to the D.C. School For Children Of Journalists."

Bosom buddies

It appears the relationship between former presidential rivals is beginning to thaw.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, told Bloomberg television that his recent private meeting with President Obama went swimmingly and "he could picture working with Obama on several issues going forward," according to The Hill.

"I think there's a number of issues we could work on together, and I think it's pretty clear that the president has really pivoted to a much more centrist position, which I think makes it much more for us easier to work with him," he said.

Headline of the day

AOL: "From Pat-Downs to Rat-Downs? Scientists Suggest Mice for Airport Security"

Live like Mr. and Mrs. 'Gipper'

As the nation celebrates Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, the Mission Inn in Riverside, California, is offering the ultimate Reagan fan's vacation: living like the famous couple, who spent their honeymoon there in 1952.

The inn is offering "The Reagan Honeymoon Package" at the cost of $1,199, Politico's Patrick Gavin reports.

Guests can stay in the same suite where the Reagans honeymooned. "You'll also get dinner, massages, passes to the Reagan Library -- and the opportunity to boast that you had a romantic evening where the Reagans once did."

Notable quotable

"We're delayed tonight because of an extended edition of 'Nightline.' Christiane Amanpour had an exclusive interview with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. I was also offered an interview with Mubarak, but we decided to go with Alex Trebek and Kim Kardashian." -- ABC's Jimmy Kimmel.

Watch out for that famous turkey

The Cape Cod Times reports that a turkey escaped from its pen in Centerville, Massachusetts, and proceeded to attack a postal truck.

It turns out the turkey may be a member of the Kennedy clan.

"Ethel Kennedy called the Times on Wednesday, asserting that a truck-smacking turkey was the same one that had dashed to freedom from her home in Hyannisport on Thanksgiving."

A turkey expert, though, says it couldn't be her bird because it had a "beard" -- something the Kennedy turkey is lacking.

Messing with the wrong prime minister

Reuters' lead paragraph pretty much sums up this story:

"British police have arrested a 65-year-old man suspected of forging the signature of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in books and then attempting to sell them on eBay or directly to buyers."

Late-night laughs

Jay Leno: "And how 'bout that storm in Chicago? It was so bad at O'Hare Airport, TSA agents were frisking passengers with ice picks."

Conan O'Brien: "In Chicago, mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel has been pitching in, digging cars out of the snow. ... Of course Emanuel didn't help his campaign because he kept telling people, 'Thank God I don't live here.' "