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Obama: Taking every step possible to keep us safe

November 25, 2015
As millions of Americans plan to travel for the Thanksgiving weekend, President Obama​ sought to reassure the country that law enforcement and intelligence agencies are working to prevent any terrorist attacks in the wake of the Paris attacks that left 130 people dead. "As we go into Thanksgiving weekend, I want the American people to know is that we are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe," Obama said.
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President Obama Pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey

November 25, 2015
President Obama, joined by his daughters Malia and Sasha, pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House. While "Abe" is the seventh turkey pardoned by President Obama, the tradition is 68 years old. "Abe" and runner-up "Honest" will spend their remaining days on a farm in Virginia.
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Campaigns tap Islamic State fears by zeroing in on national security

November 23, 2015
Many Republican candidates are pouncing on fears about the Islamic State to flex ideological and political muscle. Political director Lisa Desjardins offers a roundup of rhetoric in the debate over national security, and Tamara Keith of NPR and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Gwen Ifill to take a closer look.
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What should we be doing to defeat the Islamic State?

November 23, 2015
Militarily and diplomatically, what can the U.S. and others do to stop the Islamic State? Gwen Ifill gets views from James Jeffrey of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago.
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Obama: ISIS "must be destroyed"

November 24, 2015
President Obama and French President Francois Hollande renewed their shared commitment to continue the fight against ISIS, less than two weeks after terrorists killed 130 people in coordinated attacks across Paris. "This barbaric terrorist group, ISIL or Daesh, and its murderous ideology poses a serious threat to all of us," Obama said. "It cannot be tolerated. It must be destroyed. And we must do it together."
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How terrorists exploit Europe’s divided intelligence efforts

November 19, 2015
French authorities say the ringleader of the Paris attacks was killed in a raid outside Paris on Wednesday. So how did he return to Europe undetected after joining the Islamic State in Syria? Lorenzo Vidino of George Washington University and Stacy Meichtry of The Wall Street Journal join Gwen Ifill to discuss.
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Ted Cruz "not a fan" of Trump's support of registering American Muslims

November 20, 2015
In the aftermath of the #ParisAttacks, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has said he would "certainly implement" a national database to register Muslims in the United States. Democratic candidates were quick to condemn Trump's comments. Hillary Clinton called it "shocking rhetoric." Bernie Sanders called it "outrageous." Republican candidates also distanced themselves from Trump. Jeb Bush called the comments "abhorrent." Even Ted Cruz, a self-described "fan" of Donald Trump, opposed the plan, citing First Amendment concerns.. "I'm a big fan of Donald Trump's," Cruz said Friday. "But I'm not a fan for government registries of American citizens. The first First Amendment protects religious liberty, and I've spent the past several decades defending the religious liberty of every American."
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Israeli Spy Released from Prison, Obama's Immigration Policy, Paul Ryan's House and the Rubio/Cruz Feud

November 20, 2015
Release of American spy Jonathan Pollard, dispute between Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and Paul Ryan’s tenure so far.

How has the Paris attack shifted the U.S. fight against ISIS, refugee policy and the 2016 campaign?

November 20, 2015
The U.S. looks ahead after the recent attacks in Paris and how it affects the 2016 election.