General John Allen submitted plans to the Pentagon that would keep 6,000 to 15,000 American troops in Afghanistan after 2014.
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In his latest column for CNN.com, John Avlon highlights the importance of straight talk in politics. Avlon tackles New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's press conference, where he blasted the House majority and Speaker John Boehner for not taking up the Sandy relief bill before closing out the 112th Congress.
John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team.