Dec 19, 2014 8:57am

Obama’s Year To Remember — And To Forget

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES TODAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE: President Obama holds his annual year-end press conference at 1:30 pm ET in the White House briefing room. Obama last fielded reporters’ questions the day after the mid-term elections and there’s a lot of new… Read More »

Dec 18, 2014 9:07am

A New Day For Cuba

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES EXCLUSIVE — OBAMA DOESN’T RULE OUT PRESIDENTIAL VISIT TO CUBA: ‘LET’S SEE.’ Marking an abrupt sea change in U.S. policy toward Cuba, President Obama said he is open to visiting the communist Caribbean country before he leaves office. “I don’t… Read More »

Dec 17, 2014 6:16pm

McSally Recount Win Gives GOP Biggest Majority Since 1929

Six weeks after Election Day, the lone Congressional race left uncalled has been decided: Republican Martha McSally, a former Air Force colonel, has defeated her two-time opponent, incumbent Rep. Ron Barber, by a razor-thin 167 votes in Arizona’s 2nd  district. This afternoon an Arizona judge… Read More »

Dec 17, 2014 9:05am

What The Alan Gross Release Means

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES EXCLUSIVE — AMERICAN ALAN GROSS RELEASED FROM CUBA AFTER FIVE YEARS: Held for five years in Cuba, 65-year-old American contractor Alan Gross has been released from prison and is en route to U.S. soil, ABC’s JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALLreport. In… Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Dec 11, 2014 8:59am

CIA Chief In The Hot Seat

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES SPOTLIGHT ON THE CIA: Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan will take questions today in what appears to be the first-ever live press conference from the CIA to be broadcast on television, ABC’s LUIS MARTINEZ notes. Brennan is going to… Read More »

Dec 10, 2014 9:14am

Taking Apart The Torture Report

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES TORTURE REPORT REVEALS CIA’S ‘BRUTAL’ TACTICS: The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s exhaustive and explosive report on the CIA’s interrogation practices asserted that the agency repeatedly misled Americans and deeply mismanaged the program that was secretly put into place after… Read More »

Dec 9, 2014 8:50am

What You Need To Know About The CIA Torture Report

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES HAPPENING TODAY: The Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence is expected to make public today a redacted version of the executive summary of its comprehensive investigation of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, ABC’s LUIS MARTINEZ reports. The comprehensive report has come… Read More »