• A GOP Plan for 2016: Pot, immigration and defense cuts

    Spinners and Winners

    Ron Paul supporters might want to think twice before throwing away their "Paul for President" signs. Though the frequent presidential candidate is retiring at the end of the year, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says he may follow in his father's footsteps and run for president in 2016.

    "I'm not going to deny that I'm interested," Sen. Paul tells ABC's Jonathan Karl about his presidential aspirations. While Paul is quick to add that he isn't ready to make a decision about a presidential bid yet, he is not hesitant to say that the Republican Party needs a new message.

    "I think we have to go a different direction because we're just not winning and we have to think about some different ideas," says the senator.

    Paul says there are ways the GOP can become more competitive in regions of the country that typically swing blue in national races, such as the West Coast and New England, while expanding its appeal among different groups of people, like Hispanics and young people.

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  • In their own words: The soldiers from “The Outpost” tell their story

    Political Punch

    On October 3, 2009, I was welcoming my newborn son Jack into the world. I caught a news story out of the corner of my eye about an attack on a U.S. military outpost in Afghanistan, Compound Outpost Keating.  A small group of 53 American troops  stationed at the remote outpost fought off about 400 Taliban insurgents during an intense battle that went on for hours.

    As I held my son, I heard of  8 other sons who were taken from the world in the attack.  I set out to answer why our troops were stationed at the vulnerable outpost in the first place, and it began a two and a half year long project that resulted in a book  "The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor."

    COP Keating was situated beside a river at the bottom of 3 towering mountains near the Pakistani border-- an almost indefensible location.

    "The joke everyone would say was if they could ever mass against us we would just be sitting ducks down there," says Sergeant Zachary Koppes, who was stationed at COP

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  • Bottom Line

    The election is over but the fiscal cliff is coming fast — more than $500 billion of tax increases and spending cuts hit January 1st if Congress and the President fail to reach a deficit reduction deal.

    In advance of the first face to face meeting between the President and Congressional leaders tomorrow, many of you had questions about the "cliff" and chances of reaching a deal..

    Marilyn Ritchie Scourtis Lawhon asked via Facebook "How many Republicans are still honoring Grover Norquist's pledge? How can they work on a compromise under those circumstances?"

    That pledge, of course, is an iron clad promise not to raise any taxes. Here's my answer to Marilyn:

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