— The AP outlines some of Palin's challenges as she heads back to governing in Alaska. Among them: "Palin's state budget proposal is due in a month, with plummeting oil prices slashing Alaska's revenues by billions of dollars. The 1,700-mile natural gas pipeline she bragged about on the campaign trail ... is nowhere near being built. Some hard feelings linger over her administration's initial decision to ignore subpoenas in the investigation of whether she abused her power in firing the public safety commissioner who wouldn't oust her ex-brother-in-law from his job as a state trooper." And: "Uncertain is whether the bipartisanship that existed during Palin's 20 months as governor can survive the heated rhetoric from the presidential campaign and her own political ambitions."