First lady Michelle Obama speaks to supporters during a campaign rally. (Jay LaPrete/AP)

Stepping up — First lady Michelle Obama, no more “the reluctant spouse,” takes on a new political role, our colleague Krissah Thompson reports.

Taxing effortUnder-the-radar reforms might be underway at the IRS that could change tax exemptions for politically active groups.

Packing heat? — An interesting look at whether the NRA’s political clout is all its cracked up to be.

Monkey business — Sarah Palin got upstaged by a monkey at NBC’s press tour to promote new shows. Palin, wearing a “Hollyweird tan, and the wrap-around glasses she never took off,” was there to support her husband, Todd, who’s appearing on the reality TV show “Stars Earn Stripes.”