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The Company Memo: Wednesday, March 6, 2013

NBC's Mark Potter is live in Caracas, Venezuela, to report on the passing of dictator Hugo Chavez Tuesday afternoon.
Under pouring rain, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez holds a microphone during his closing campaign rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Chavez is running for re-election against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles in presidential...
Under pouring rain, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez holds a microphone during his closing campaign rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012....

NBC's Mark Potter is live in Caracas, Venezuela, to report on the passing of dictator Hugo Chavez Tuesday afternoon. We'll also speak with Michael Shifter, President of the Inter-America Dialogue and journalists Ruth Marcus and Michael Hirsh.

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' gun control group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, is up with a new ad campaign urging support for universal background checks. We'll discuss with strategists Chip Wilson and Karen Finney.

Plus, Maeve Reston of the L.A. Times is here to talk about the Los Angeles mayoral race, and how the candidates and other mayors are campaigning on Washington's sequestration gridlock.