By Julie Phelan

Polls
Dec 17, 2014 7:00am

Obama and Immigration: What He Did vs. How He Did it

A slim majority of Americans support the immigration program created by Barack Obama’s executive action – but divisions on whether he exceeded his authority impede most of the political capital he might have gained. Overall, 52 percent support Obama’s initiative, with 44 percent opposed. But… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Polls
Dec 17, 2014 7:00am

Democratic Allegiance Hits a Low; Can the GOP Seize the Opportunity?

The number of Americans identifying themselves as Democrats has dropped to a record low in nearly 34 years of ABC News/Washington Post polls, marking the party’s challenges after its poor showing in the 2014 midterm elections. The Republican Party, by contrast, has gained sharply in… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Polls
Dec 16, 2014 2:00pm

There’s Work Ahead if Bush Does Run; He’s at 14% in a Fragmented GOP Field

Jeb Bush has his work cut out for him, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds – but no more than any of the other potential Republican presidential hopefuls for 2016. Fourteen percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who are registered to vote support Bush… Read More »

The Note
Dec 16, 2014 8:56am

What Americans Really Think About Torture

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES SIX IN 10 AMERICANS SEE CIA ACTIONS AS JUSTIFIED: Six in 10 Americans say the CIA’s treatment of suspected terrorists was justified, more than half think it produced important, unique intelligence, according to ABC’s GARY LANGER. Those results in a… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Polls
Dec 16, 2014 7:00am

Six in 10 See CIA Actions as Justified As Many Question Committee Report

Six in 10 Americans say the CIA’s treatment of suspected terrorists was justified, more than half think it produced important, unique intelligence – and 52 percent say it was wrong for the Senate Intelligence Committee to issue a report suggesting otherwise. Those results in a… Read More »

The Note
Dec 15, 2014 9:10am

Senate’s Making A List And Checking It Twice

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: In a rare Saturday session, the Senate approved a $1.1 trillion spending measure that would fund most of the government for nine months, capping off a week of high-stakes drama over the funding bill and… Read More »

George Stephanopoulos
Dec 14, 2014 1:59pm

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden Acknowledges ‘Human Toll’ on Interrogators

Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden today acknowledged the “human toll” taken on by CIA interrogators who participated in the use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” in the years following 9/11. “I would be very, very disappointed if this did not take a human toll… Read More »

George Stephanopoulos
Dec 14, 2014 12:40pm

Facebook Interactions Related to Hillary Clinton Triple That of Elizabeth Warren

The number of Facebook interactions related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are more than triple those related to Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts when measured since late August, according to data provided to ABC News from Facebook. From Aug. 22 to Dec…. Read More »

George Stephanopoulos
Dec 14, 2014 11:07am

Billionaire David Koch Says He’s a Social Liberal

Reclusive billionaire David Koch, a powerful donor in American conservative politics, says he’s a “social liberal.” “I’m basically a libertarian, and I’m a conservative on economic matters, and I’m a social liberal,” Koch told ABC News’ Barbara Walters during an interview for her special “The… Read More »

The Note
Dec 12, 2014 9:08am

Spending Bill Sent To The Senate

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES HOUSE APPROVES $1.1 TRILLION SPENDING BILL: Just hours before a midnight deadline approached, the House of Representatives voted to approve a $1.1 trillion spending package to keep the federal government open - sending the measure over to the Senate for final passage, ABC’s JEFF… Read More »