The NRA says the problem with mass shootings like the recent one at the Sandy Hook grade school in Connecticut is not too many unregulated guns but violent video games. But most academic and government research does not support the gun lobby's charge.
Mitt Romney's loss and withdraw from politics has created a leadership vacuum in the Republican Party. From Gov. Chris Christie, to Sen. Marco Rubio, to Gov. Bobby Jindal, there's no shortage of hopefuls to fill Romney's shoes.
According to Republicans, who are keeping track, 12 major Democratic politicians are planning to skip the DNC. While the convention's timing is hard on Democrats in tight races, a long list of no-shows could embarrass Obama.