MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough launched today’s “Morning Joe” with a ten-minute address in response to Newtown, and called for a fresh look at gun laws – an about-face for the former Republican congressman.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who, like Scarborough, once had an “A” rating from the NRA, writes: “ We can no longer sweep the conversation about access to guns under the rug, it  is time to demand real solutions.”

Mayor Bloomberg laid out a three-pronged plan for legislative action on gun control.

As to whether – and how much – Bloomberg will spend on gun control going forward: “Who knows?”

Perhaps the Sandy Hook tragedy will cool the partisanship in Washington, at least in the short term.

In a major reversal, a slim majority of Americans see the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary as a sign of broader problems in society, not merely an isolated act of a troubled individual, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner held their third face-to-face talk in eight days – a sign of acceleration in the negotiations that seek to prevent the country from going over the fiscal cliff.

The Senate’s Sandy recovery bill includes cash for salmon research and new cars for the FBI.

The Administration strongly supports Senate passage of the amendment in the nature of the substitute to H.R. 1 providing supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2013 to respond to and recover from the severe damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.”

SUNY students forced by Sandy to withdraw from their studies can get tuition refunds thanks to a Board of Trustees resolution allowing university presidents to give back the money.

The Thruway Authority Board has approved a builder for a new Tappan Zee Bridge.

Nine news outlets that covered the presidential election sent a joint letter to former Romney campaign officials to contest expenses billed to their reporters.

John Lisyanskiy, an aide to NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, announced his 2013 run for NYC Councilman Domenic Recchia’s seat.

Ademola Oyefeso, the political and legislative affairs director for the RWDSU, is heading to work for Quinn, the 2013 NYC mayoral frontrunner.

South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott – not Stephen Colbert – is Gov. Nikki Haley’s choice to replace outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint. He’ll be the first black senator from the South since the late 19th century.

George Marlin put Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on his Long Island-centric 2012 winners and losers list.

New York’s rarely seen Goodwill moon rock from the Apollo 17 mission will be on exhibit at the State Museum beginning Wednesday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the last manned moon mission when the rock was collected.

Fracking Central Park?