Lisa Murkowski made history yesterday when she became the first person elected to the Senate as a write-in candidate since South Carolina’s Strom Thurmond in 1954. Two weeks after Election Day, and thousands of counted write-in ballots later, the Associated Press declared Lisa Murkowski the winner of the Alaska Senate race.

While former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been very careful not to reveal her intentions for a presidential bid in 2012, during an ABC News interview with Barbara Walters, she did not hesitate to say that she believed she could defeat President Barack Obama in 2012 if she chose to run against him.

Many stories in vogue these days involve overzealous politicians caught in egregious attempts to apply the law. On a local scale, one of the latest of these attempts occurred last month in New Castle, New York, when two middle-school students had the police called on them by a town councilman. Their crime? They were selling homemade goods for $1.00 apiece at Gedney Park — cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and Rice Crispy treats which they had baked themselves.

Senator Richard Durbin's �FDA Food Safety Modernization Act� (S. 510) passed a cloture vote hurdle Nov. 17 by a 75-25 margin, and appears headed for final Senate passage in the next few days. The bill would increase funding to the Food and Drug Administration and give it greater regulatory power over foods and medicines. It would require all food producers to register with the FDA and pay new taxes (which the bill calls �fees�) that recoup all the inspection costs for the new army of regulators the bill would create.

Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is taking seriously his oath to protect the citizens of his county, particularly in fighting illegal immigration. On Wednesday, he deputized 56 members of a new, armed volunteer sheriff’s posse, including some famous personages.