Patrick Toomey

Partisan Lines on Gun Safety Shift ... Subtly
Could some Republicans keep their jobs by embracing new controls?

Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., may be the highest profile Republican changing the political calculus on guns, writes Patricia Murphy. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ-Roll Call File Photo)

For anyone following gun control (or gun safety) as a political issue, it would be easy to dismiss 2016 as just another year when a whole lot happened, but nothing changed. 

There have been more than 200 mass shootings in the United States so far this year, including the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and the July attack on Dallas police officers. After every major incident, Washington followed the now-familiar script of outrage, calls from Democrats for gun restrictions, denial from Republicans that guns are the problem, and then, as usual, gridlock.

McGinty Forced to Explain 'First in Family' College Claim
Records show Senate hopeful's brother graduated college before she did

Pennsylvania Senate candidate Katie McGinty is facing allegations that she misled voters about being the first in her family to get a college degree. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Pennsylvania Senate candidate Katie McGinty said Thursday that she wasn't counting her brother when she claimed that she was the first in her family to "go to college" because he went to community college before attending a four-year school.

The comments from McGinty came after media reports that her campaign trail story — a key to her attempt to connect with blue collar voters — wasn't true.

Who Is the Second Most Vulnerable Senate Incumbent in 2016?

Johnson's re-election race, along with those of Ayotte and Toomey, are at the core of the battle for control of the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There is little doubt about the identity of the most vulnerable senator seeking re-election next year. It’s Illinois Republican Mark S. Kirk, who hopes to win a second term in a very Democratic state in a presidential year. His prospects are bleak.  

But who ranks just behind Kirk as the second most vulnerable senator up next year?