Jan 27, 2015 8:40am

The $889 Million Dollar Men

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES CASHING IN ON KOCH: The Associated Press’ PHILIP ELLIOTT and STEVE PEOPLES report on Koch brothers’ enormous financial commitment for 2016: “Flexing its financial might, the political machine backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch on Monday told its allies… Read More »

Jan 26, 2015 9:35am

2016 Is Here To Stay

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES SPLITS ON IRAN, CUBA DOMINATE FIRST GOP PRESIDENTIAL FORUM: The first 2016 presidential forum of the year revealed sharp divisions on foreign policy last night, with Sen. Rand Paul breaking with his colleagues, Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, on both Iran and Cuba – a… Read More »

Jan 23, 2015 8:11am

Ready for Rubio?

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES EXCLUSIVE — MARCO RUBIO MOVES TOWARD 2016 PRESIDENTIAL BID: Sen. Marco Rubio has begun taking concrete steps toward launching a presidential bid, asking his top advisors to prepare for a campaign, signing on a leading Republican fundraiser, and planning extensive travel to… Read More »

Jan 22, 2015 9:06am

Iran Showdown

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES THE GAUNTLET WAS THROWN DOWN YESTERDAY when House Speaker John Boehner announced he had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress about the threats posed by Iran, without informing the White House. The snub came just hours after… Read More »

Jan 21, 2015 8:58am

SOTU 2015, The Morning After

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES JOE BIDEN — ‘THERE IS A CHANCE’ I WOULD CHALLENGE HILLARY CLINTON: With the 2016 presidential election season heating up and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton considered the presumptive front-runner for the Democratic nomination if she decides to jump… Read More »

Jan 20, 2015 9:09am

Your Guide To The State of the Union

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES 12 STATE OF THE UNION SPOILERS: At 9 p.m. ET tonight, President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. It will be his first before a Republican majority in both chambers and… Read More »

Jan 19, 2015 8:29am

State of the Union Preview

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES OBAMA TO PROPOSE CAPITAL GAINS TAX HIKES: Senior White House officials say President Obama will use his state of the union to float several new economic ideas, including tax hikes on capital gains and wealthy inheritances, and new fees on… Read More »

Jan 16, 2015 6:40pm

Millions Lost Yearly to Ambulance Companies Acting Like a ‘Taxi Service’

Every year, $350 million in ambulance services is lost to or ripped off by  companies, according to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. Ron Kerr, assistant special agent in charge in the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said… Read More »

Jan 16, 2015 8:42am

The ‘Meh’ Of Mitt

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES 2016 IN 2015: Don’t tell anyone at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in San Diego that the 2016 presidential race hasn’t begun yet. Already committee chairmen and members are talking about who they might support, and the consensus around… Read More »

Jan 15, 2015 9:10am

Block and Tackle

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES HOUSE REPUBLICANS YESTERDAY took steps to block major provisions of the president’s immigration policy, approving legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security and effectively block Obama’s executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, ABC’s MARY BRUCE… Read More »