• Sens. Stephen Colbert and Ashley Judd? The rocky road from stardom to politico

    Top Line

    The speculation for the 2014 elections has already begun, and some of the Senate names being discussed you would expect to see on the silver screen rather than a ballot. Can you imagine a Sen. Ashley Judd? How about Sen. Stephen Colbert?

    There's a long, and somewhat checkered history of celebrity politicians proving that Hollywood success can pave the road to Washington--Ronald Reagan being the ultimate example. Of course there are other examples as well, like the Govenator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura who wrestled his way to governor of Minnesota.

    When celebrities become candidates, their notoriety brings attention to their race. As useful as name recognition may be when running for office, what's more important--and sometimes more difficult to determine--is whether they are qualified to hold public office and, of course, if they're serious.

    Ashley Judd seems serious about considering a run for senate in her home state of Kentucky. The

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  • Bottom Line

    The Supreme Court's decision last week to weigh in on the gay marriage debate presents the justices with several options. And we got lots of questions about it this week.

    Daniel Van Winkle asked via Twitter: "If the court rules in favor of gay marriage, what does that mean for states that have amended constitutions banning it?"

    And Larry Lozan wrote us via Facebook to ask: "Assuming DOMA [Defense of Marriage Act] is struck down can a married couple legally wed in one state be entitled to all federal benefits and rights afforded to any couple regardless of the state they legally reside in?"

    Thanks for the questions. Check out my answers on this week's Bottom Line:

    Keep your questions coming via Facebook and Twitter. See you tomorrow on "GMA" and Sunday on "This Week."

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  • Honey, I raised the top tax rates: Outgoing husband and wife representatives at odds on fiscal cliff deal

    Spinners and Winners

    Husband-and-wife team Reps. Connie Mack, R-Fla., and Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., got some bad news on November 6. Both lost their elections and are now leaving Congress at the same time. But they've got one foot out the door during one of the most controversial lame duck sessions in recent history. Neither is budging on their votes -- though they don't exactly see eye-to-eye on the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations with the White House.

    Bono Mack is more open to compromising on taxes than Mack is, joking that Spinners and Winners was trying to start a fight by bringing up the topic!

    "I think if this is the best possible deal we can get, and for me I think that it is, I think we ought to go for it," Bono Mack said.

    "She's for extending the tax cuts for the middle class, but we all know what that means—that means that what the bill actually is going to do is raise taxes on people who do make more than $250,000," Mack said. "A lot of us would say that that's raising

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