While we’re awaiting news on whether there will be a gun deal vote tonight – or early tomorrow morning – down at the Capitol, here are some headlines for your perusal…

President Obama: “We are not a deadbeat nation.”

Obama says he likes a “good party,” pushing back against the notion that he and his top aides aren’t sociable enough.

Jimmy Vielkind tries to game out the state Senate Republican conference votes on gun control.

A former NRA lobbyist and Syracuse-area gun expert called the proposals under consideration in Albany “all window dressing.”

Dylan Byers weighs in on The Journal News handgun permit map controversy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo told Rachel Maddow he goes to “great lengths” to avoid the conversation about whether he’ll run for president.

Mayor Bloomberg took his gun control campaign to Baltimore, where he again accused Congress of bowing to the gun lobby.

Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons called for funding for unarmed peacekeepers in NYC schools.

Ex-President George H.W. Bush was released from Houston hospital after nearly two months.

State lawmakers have not received a raise for well over a decade, but top staffers in the Assembly and Senate saw salary hikes – some of them quite large – over the past six months.

Rep. Jerry Nadler was perplexed as to why Obama unilaterally rejected the trillion dollar coin idea, rather than “keep it in his back pocket” and let them think the “threat is there.”

Rep. Pete King, who is leading a fight to pass $50 billion in additional emergency spending for Hurricane Sandy, is outraged by the nearly 100 amendments that have been filed to  the bill.

Former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota made a quasi-announcement about his NYC mayoral campaign. (He plans to file the requisite paperwork at the end of the week).

Another GOP NYC mayoral  hopeful, George McDonald, has hired fundraiser Christina Sofia Comer, who has also raised cash for John Faso, Rudy Giuliani, Harry Wilson, Rep. Chris Gibson and others. (No link).

The NYC Campaign Finance Board hit former Council candidate Joe Lazar with some pretty hefty fines, in part due to exceeding the spending limit and “overlapping relationships” with Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s campaign committee.

US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas broke almost seven years of silence during today’s arguments. But it was not entirely clear what he said.

Assemblyman Vito Lopez showed up to work in Albany and said he’s not retiring any time soon, though he has entertained the thought in recent years.

With Thursday’s deadline looming, 29 school districts need to resubmit revised teacher evaluation plans to the SED, while six districts need to submit fort he first time. (One hasn’t even been negotiated).

It appers NYC school bus drivers will strike at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

NYS Bar Association President Seymour W. James, Jr. called human trafficking “one of America’s dark secrets,” and appointed a committee to study how to prevent children and adults from being forced into prostitution and hard labor against their will.