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The job of naming a US senator to succeed President-elect Obama falls to Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) of Illinois, who said Wednesday he hopes to make an announcement before Christmas or the start of the 111th Congress on Jan. 3. Blagojevich indicated he'll seek input from his senior staffers in the vetting process, as well from Obama.

Upon returning to Alaska, Gov. Sarah Palin was greeted at the Anchorage airport Wednesday by chants of "2012! 2012!"after coming up short as John McCain's GOP running mate. Asked by reporters if she might run for president, she said, "We'll see what happens then." She also indicated she hopes to show President-elect Obama how Alaska could be a leader in energy policy.


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