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Political Circus: Fallon vs. Obama

By Ed Hornick, CNN
NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon is fuming about President Barack Obama's response to the  Libyan crisis.
NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon is fuming about President Barack Obama's response to the Libyan crisis.
  • Late-night TV host Jimmy Fallon says his advisers are smarter than President Obama's team
  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says capitalism may have been on Mars
  • Ex-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty describes learning how he didn't get the 2008 GOP VP slot
  • Barack Obama
  • Hugo Chavez
  • Tim Pawlenty
  • Libya

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

From comic to pundit

Comedian Jimmy Fallon lit into President Barack Obama for his trip to Latin America all the while dealing with the war in Libya.

"It feels like, to me, that President Obama is playing soccer in Rio with kids, and Hillary Clinton seems to be really stepping up, almost like she's being very presidential, I feel like. Isn't it weird?" he said during an interview with NBC News anchor Brian Williams on his late-night show.

And it didn't stop there.

"What is going down? He's making NCAA, doing his brackets on ESPN. I mean, who's advising him?" he asked. "I have better people advising me than the president does. I feel like I want to hear from him."

Money hungry on Mars

"I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet," Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a socialist, said in a speech marking World Water Day, according to Reuters.

Dog day morning

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty opened up to CBS about the morning he learned in 2008 that he wouldn't be Sen. John McCain's running mate:

"She (his dog Mazy) did her business and I picked it up with a plastic bag, and I thought this is the only No. 2 I'm getting this week."

Headlines of the day

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New York magazine: Senator Scott Brown, Ladies' Man

The Hill: Collins hearts Garth Brooks, Clinton's speech

I'm ready for my close-up ...

Roll Call reports that Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has made her way into the pages of Elle magazine as part of its"10 brilliant women whose work could change the world."

"Murkowski, called 'The Independent' by Elle writers, was recognized for her re-election last November after she won as a write-in candidate and defeated tea party favorite Joe Miller, who had beaten her in the GOP primary," Roll Call said.

Quote board

"According to a test in the new issue of Newsweek, 73 percent of Americans can't say why we fought the Cold War -- which sounds bad -- until you realize that no one in the White House can explain to us why we're fighting the Libyan war" -- Jay Leno

"John Bolton is like that dickish junior manager at Applebee's. "Looks like there's one thing missing from your customer's order (a smile)." -- Jon Stewart on the criticism of Obama's Libyan response by Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

"One problem ... that our military is encountering in Libya is that they can't tell pro- and anti-Gadhafi forces apart. ... so the U.N. just passed a resolution that the war be conducted as shirts versus skins." -- Conan O'Brien