LaPierre vs. Bloomberg: The head of the NRA says he'll counter the New York mayor's $12 million effort to prevent gun violence. Meanwhile, Karl Rove is being accused of fear-mongering and Orwellian speak when it comes to background checks. And Fox News suggests Americans need assault weapons to protect themselves from an invasion by al-Qaeda or Iran.
Now that she's won a tough Senate re-election fight, Sen. Claire McCaskill announces she's in favor of same-sex marriage.
While President Obama's trip to the Middle East was considered a rousing success both at home and in Israel, Republicans - predictably - don't see it that way. Or at least they don't want to say so publicly.
Politico's Jonathan Martin tries to answer a Washington mystery: What happened to Paul Ryan? The Republicans' 2012 V.P. nominee seems to have faded into workmanlike obscurity. But it may be by design.Who's the luckiest politician in American? Politico's Maggie Haberman and Alexander Burns make their case for Florida's Charlie Crist.