By Alyssa Apple

Press Release
Dec 18, 2014 11:10am

New Roles for Dan Abrams and Byron Pitts at ABC News

Team, I want to share big news for two of our key players, Dan Abrams and Byron Pitts. Earlier this year Dan came to talk to me about taking on a new role at ABC News and returning to his true passion – running the… Read More »

By Alison Bridgman

Press Release
Dec 18, 2014 11:10am

“GMA” is #1 for the Week of December 8th

  Ratings Report: ABC News Programming For Week of December 8, 2014 “GMA” is #1 for the Week   “GMA” is Delivering its Largest Adults 25-54 Season Margin Over “Today” in 23 Years   “GMA” Nearly Triples Adults 25-54 Season Margin  Over “Today” Compared to… Read More »

Economy
Dec 18, 2014 10:23am

New Cuban Diplomacy a Potential Boon for US Companies

  Morning Money Memo: President Obama’s decision to pursue normal relations with Cuba has many U.S. companies scrambling to consider opportunities in a brand new market that has been off limits for more than 50 years. Banks, airlines, cruise lines, hotel operators and telecom firms… Read More »

The Note
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 »

By Ali Dukakis

The Note
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 »

Consumer Report
Dec 17, 2014 10:01am

As Ruble Struggles, Apple (AAPL) Suspends Online Sales in Russia

Russia’s economic and financial crisis is getting even worse and threatens to spiral out of control as the value of its currency falls. Now, Apple has halted online sales of its products in Russia. “Due to extreme fluctuations in the value of the [ruble], our… Read More »

The Note
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 »

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 »