1. Sunday marks two years since the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. CNN looks at Sen. Chris Murphy's mission since then to keep the debate about gun violence on the Senate floor.

2. Dave Weigel at Bloomberg Politics on what Thursday's vote says about 2015.

 Only 162 House Republicans voted for the "Cromnibus," which augered a future in which Democrats could determine whether key bills passed or failed. The Democrats, freed of the burden of congressional leadership, could make the Republican bills infamous. They could even do so while separating themselves from the Obama White House.

3. Jamelle Bouie writes about the other weaknesses in the Democratic Party revealed by the 2014 midterms.

4. Roll Call breaks down the CRomnibus vote in the House to reveal the weird deviations in how a few members cast their ballots.

5. Ben White and Maggie Haberman at Politico say that Mitt Romney is less than impressed by the emerging 2016 presidential field.

6. Many state budgets are still struggling years after the recession, reports GovBeat.

At least 16 states are projected to run budget shortfalls in the next year or two, according to an informal count maintained by State Budget Solutions, a watchdog group. Those gaps range from lows of $17 million in Vermont and $34 million in Rhode Island to $4 billion in Washington State over the next two years and $2.2 billion in Wisconsin next year alone.

7. Financial Times Magazine devotes an issue to the "Women of 2014."