George Stephanopoulos
Dec 18, 2014 5:20pm

2016 Presidential Race: Where Things Stand

So, now that the midterm elections are over — in case you missed it, the GOP did pretty well — we can now focus on the 2016 presidential race. Get excited! For the latest on the 2016 presidential race, we turn to ABC News’ deputy… Read More »

By ABC News

George Stephanopoulos
Dec 18, 2014 11:24am

Excerpt: ‘The Professor and the President’ by Stephen Hess

Veteran of four presidential administrations, Stephen Hess, is out with a new book from The Brookings Institution about the unlikely relationship between Richard Nixon and his first assistant on urban affairs, Harvard professor and East Coast liberal Daniel Patrick Moynihan. The story, full of personal,… 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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »