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 »

Dec 8, 2014 8:54am

The President and the Prince

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES ROYAL VISIT: This morning, President Obama will host Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, for a meeting in the Oval Office. This will be Prince William’s first visit to Washington, DC. According to the White House, Obama “looks forward to thanking The… Read More »

Dec 6, 2014 12:44pm

Four Fast Facts About New York Mayor Bill de Blasio

Here are four things you might not know about New York’s Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, who will sit down with George Stephanopoulos Sunday on “This Week.” 1] EARLY LIFE: Bill de Blasio, New York’s 109th mayor who was elected in a 2013 landslide, could have… Read More »

Dec 5, 2014 9:02am

Meet Ashton Carter

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES ASH CARTER IS THE GUY: President Obama will announce his intent to nominate Ash Carter as the next Secretary of Defense during an event at the White House today, ABC’s DEVIN DWYER reports. The President will be joined by Secretary… Read More »