(CNN) - Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul indicated Monday that his son, Sen. Rand Paul from Kentucky, will likely run for president in 2016.
"I think he probably will. I mean, he's been on TV hinting that he very well might," Paul, a former congressman from Texas, said of his son's presidential aspirations to CNN's Jake Tapper appearing on "Erin Burnett OutFront."
Washington (CNN) - The partisan battle over presidential nominations heated up again in the Senate Monday and threatened to dominate the remaining days before the winter recess and crowd out legislation important to both parties.
Senate Republicans, still angry over filibuster changes Democrats made last month, blocked a series of largely non-controversial nominations Democrats tried to clear.
(CNN) - A bipartisan group of Senators is close to an agreement on tougher Iran sanctions in opposition to the White House, which is easing them as part of an interim accord Tehran struck with world powers aimed at curbing its nuclear ambitions, CNN has learned.
A Senate deal would include a new round of sanctions to begin in six months and would not allow for the enrichment of uranium. But it would permit commercial nuclear power as long as it was monitored by the international community.
Washington (CNN) - As Congress struggles to complete its lengthy to-do list before a holiday recess, bipartisan leaders of the House and Senate defense committees are pushing a compromise that would allow them to quickly pass a critical defense bill that is currently stalled in the Senate.
The bill, which Congress has passed for 52 straight years, has been held up over a bitter disagreement on how many amendments would receive votes.
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(CNN) - Republican Rep. Steve Stockman is launching a primary challenge against fellow Texan Sen. John Cornyn.
The Senate's second-ranking Republican, Cornyn is up for re-election next year.
(CNN) - Netflix will premiere a behind-the-scenes look chronicling the Presidential aspirations of Republican Mitt Romney.
The subscription screening service will continue its original documentary series with "Mitt," airing exclusively on Netflix January 24. The film will debut a week prior at the Sundance film festival in Salt Lake City.
(CNN) - Health insurance enrollment in at least one state appears to be picking up.
Colorado’s state-based insurance exchange Connect for Colorado announced on Monday that more than 5,000 new customers have purchased private insurance since November 30, increasing the state’s total enrollment numbers in private plans by more than 50 percent.
(CNN) - The Senate voted unanimously on Monday to renew a 10-year ban on guns that cannot be picked up by metal detectors commonly found in airports, court houses and government buildings.
The law, which prohibits firearms made mostly of plastic, was set to expire at day's end.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 9, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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OH, WHAT A FLIGHT! PRESIDENT OBAMA EN ROUTE TO SOUTH AFRICA WITH GEORGE W. BUSH AND HILLARY CLINTON: The high-profile figures mostly congregated in the plane's conference room, White House press secretary Jay Carney said. When not in the conference room, the Obamas stayed in the President's cabin while the Bushes sat in the medical office directly behind. Clinton sat in the senior staff cabin behind the medical office, according to the White House pool report.
REPUBLICAN SEN. TED CRUZ, CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS TO COMMEMORATE MANDELA IN SOUTH AFRICA
More than 20 members of the U.S. House, mostly Democrats, and Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz are traveling to South Africa to honor and mourn the loss of former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.
(CNN) – The Air Force One flight from the U.S. to South Africa on Monday was historic not only for its final destination, but for its passenger list.
Joining President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for the trip to Nelson Mandela's memorial was former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, as well as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.