The XX Factor

We’re Talking About: Lisa Murkowski, and Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Engagement

- After years of fevered speculation, Prince William , the heir to the heir to the British throne, has announced he plans to marry his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton in 2011. [ New York Times ]

- Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina formally launched his long-shot bid Monday to oust Speaker Nancy Pelosi (California) as the leader of House Democrats. [ The Washington Post ]

- Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski would not support Sarah Palin for president, because she feels the Mama Grizzly lacks the “leadership qualities” and “intellectual curiosity” to craft great policy. [ CBS News ]

- A new behavior study has found that whenever preschool teachers call attention to gender in any way, young children pick up on it. [ Live Science ]

- Detroit’s residents are more than twice as stressed as residents of Memphis and Miami; women are 8 percent more stressed than men; and more interesting facts are emerging on who is stressed out the most. [ Daily Beast ]

Photograph of Prince William and Kate Middleton by Getty Images.