A home going up in Springfield, Ill., earlier this month. Seth Perlman/Associated Press hide caption

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska announces her intention to wage a write-in campaign for her seat, in Anchorage on Friday. Michael Dinneen/Associated Press hide caption

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Pope Benedict XVI in Edinburgh, Scotland, today. Dan Kitwood/Getty hide caption

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