1. The big news today is the 11 a.m. press conference Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin are holding in the Senate TV/Radio Gallery to unveil their bipartisan gun sale background check bill. Tracie Mauriello writes on the wrangling.
2. Clarence Thomas spoke at Duquesne University yesterday -- he is not a big news guy.
3. Is Gov. Tom Corbett worried about being described as M.I.A.? While on his trade mission to South America (which Dems are slamming, incidentally) his office has been issuing his daily agenda -- even though he doesn't do that at home, unlike many other guvs, and is even battling the AP in court over scheduling documents. Melissa Daniels at PA Independent has the full story.
4. Our pal and former colleague Dennis Roddy -- a special assistant to Corbett -- is writing on his own in today's P-G when he rebuts a college prof who won't let her son take the PSSAs. His kicker: "Don't hide behind your children and a ginned-up religious exemption to spare our costly institutions a full measure of accountability."
5. City Councilman Corey O'Connor wants to shut down a $10,000 petty cash fund allowed to Pittsburgh's mayor that is not publicly submitted like other expenses, but is audited by the controller.