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If You Think There Is Waning Interest in Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Think Again

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Star Power

If you think there is waning interest in Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, think again. John McCain's former running mate was back in her home state for less than 24 hours Thursday when her staff began fielding a number of interview requests.

Among those asking for a sit down are Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters and Larry King. Palin's spokesman says, "The intensity of all the interest is amazing. Everyone wants to talk to her."

We reported in September that Oprah's staff was divided about booking Palin as a guest. Winfrey, who supported Barack Obama, denied the report but said she would be willing to explore the possibility once the election was over.

FOX News' Greta Van Susteren has scored one of the first post-election interviews with the governor. It is set to air Monday night.

First in the Nation

Even though Governor Palin failed in her bid to become the nation's first female vice president, that does not mean gender barriers were not struck down elsewhere.

The New Hampshire State Senate is now the first state legislative body in the nation's history with a female majority. Women previously held 10 of the 24 seats, but the balance of power tipped in their favor Tuesday. Women now hold 13 seats to just 11 for men.

New Hampshire also made history after electing its first female senator. Democrat Jeanne Shaheen defeated incumbent Republican John Sununu.

Job Description

MSNBC host Chris Matthews indicated Thursday that objectivity is no longer part of his job as a journalist. Matthews was discussing the Obama transition with fellow host Joe Scarborough and said, "I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new presidency work."

Scarborough suggested the media should be impartial, saying, "Is that your job? You just talked about being a journalist."

Matthews responded, "Yeah that is my job, my job is to help this country... to make this work successfully because this country needs a successful presidency more than anything right now."

The Height of Flattery

Antigua's prime minister wants to pay homage to President-elect Obama so he has decided to rename the Caribbean island's highest peak.

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer wrote in a letter to Mr. Obama, "In lasting tribute to your election, I shall take immediate measures for Antigua and Barbuda's highest mountain peak to be dedicated in your honor and renamed 'Mount Obama.'"

The area is currently known as Boggy Peak. It looms more than 1,300 feet over the island's southern tip and serves as a transmission point for telecommunication towers. It is also a popular hiking spot.

Spencer told a local newspaper that he did not know if it was necessary to seek the public's input on the matter. The island's attorney general is looking into whether parliament needs to approve the name change.

FOX News Channel's Zachary Kenworthy contributed to this report.