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 ABC News

Nation
Dec 16, 2014 8:00pm

Man Rescued From Deserted Island After Raft Drifts for 5 Days

A man who was stranded for six days — five days on the water and then one on an uninhabited island in the Bahamas — has been rescued by the Coast Guard. Larry Sutterfield, 39, was found on the island in an area between Florida… Read More »

By ABC News

Science
Dec 16, 2014 6:59pm

$350M+ Spent on NASA Tower Project That Never Took Off

There is a rocket tower in Mississippi that’s ready to test NASA engines powerful enough to propel a rocket to the moon and to Mars. There’s one problem: NASA canceled the rocket it planned to use to take man to the moon and Mars 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 »

Economy
Dec 16, 2014 10:53am

Slide Continues for Oil and the Ruble

Morning Money Memo… Global financial markets are a slippery slope for oil and the ruble. Despite a huge overnight rate hike by Russia’s Central Bank, the value of the ruble continues to fall. The surprise decision to raise the rate to 17% from 10.5% has… Read More »

By Van Scott

Press Release
Dec 16, 2014 10:46am

“WORLD NEWS TONIGHT” IS THE ONLY EVENING BROADCAST TO IMPROVE IN ADULTS 25-54 FROM LAST YEAR (+4%), WHILE NBC (-10%) AND CBS (-8%) ARE BOTH DOWN

“World News Tonight” Grows the Most in Total Viewers (+5%) Compared to Last Year Season to Date, “World News Tonight” is the #1 Evening Newscast Among Adults 25-54 “World News Tonight” Narrows its Margin with “NBC Nightly News” in Total Viewers (-41%) and Adults 18-49… 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 »

By ABC News

Nation
Dec 15, 2014 6:57pm

Boy’s ‘Chocolate Bar’ Book Nets $1M for Rare Liver Disorder Research

Thanks to friends from across the globe — in all 50 states and more than 60 countries — Dylan Siegel and his best friend Jonah Pournazarian have reached a megamilestone. Dylan’s book, “Chocolate Bar,” written to raise funds for research into a rare liver disorder… Read More »