(CNN) - Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, became the second Republican senator not involved in negotiating a bipartisan background check measure to say she will support it, according to a statement Sunday.
She described the bill as a responsible compromise between two senators - Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia - who have strong ratings from the National Rifle Association. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, has indicated his support for the deal.
(CNN) - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is staying put for now.
Villaraigosa, who some speculated would succeed Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, said late Friday he is not interested in any role on President Barack Obama's Cabinet.
(CNN) - It's not such a wonderful life in “Boehnerville,” according to a new television advertisement from several labor groups.
Should House Speaker John Boehner have his way on budgetary matters - including a deal currently being negotiated to avert the fiscal cliff - the result would resemble something more akin to Pottersville than Bedford Falls from the classic holiday movie "It's a Wonderful Life," the groups say.
(CNN) - Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who served his state as a Republican then sought office as an independent, tweeted Friday night that he switched his party affiliation to Democrat.
Crist posted to Twitter a photo of himself holding voter registration paperwork and the message, "Proud and honored to join the Democratic Party in the home of President @BarackObama!"