* Former Massachusetts Democratic congressman Barney Frank wants to join the Senate temporarily.

* Americans are split over the "fiscal cliff" deal. 

* Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) isn't afraid of a partial government shutdown. 

* Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will swear in Vice President Biden later this month. 

* And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) explained a photo alteration.