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Senate Dems Urge GOP To Approve Natl Security Nominees

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
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“While ISIS is recruiting additional fighters every day, Republicans in the Senate are twiddling their thumbs,” Chuck Schumer said.

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Speaker Paul Ryan Signs 2016 Defense Policy Bill, Sends To Obama Again

The bill requires that the president come up with a plan to combat the Islamic State and dictates that Guantanamo Bay detainees cannot be moved to U.S. soil.

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Ryan: U.S. Should Halt Refugee Acceptance Until Vetting Improves

Speaker Paul Ryan said he will call for a vote on the matter in the House this week.

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E.U. Backs France’s ‘Mutual Defense’ Clause Request

France said E.U. nations could assist “either by taking part in France’s operations in Syria or Iraq, or by easing the load or providing support for France in other operations.”

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Reid: Senate Stands With France

“Just as France stood with us after the attacks of September 11, we stand with France today,” Reid said.

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Obama: Plan Against ISIS Is “Going to Work”

“There will be an intensification of the strategy we put forward, but the strategy we putting forward is will ultimately going to work,” Obama said.

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Senate Passes Defense Policy Bill, Prohibits Guantanamo Transfers To U.S.

The Pentagon

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday that the President will sign the bill, despite the Guantanamo stipulations.

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Obama Appoints New Anti-Islamic State Czar

Obama called Brett McGurk, who will assume the role of Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL next month, “one of my most trusted advisers on Iraq.”

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Obama Issues 2016 Defense Policy Bill A Veto

“The men and women who serve in our armed forces deserve adequate and responsible funding,not through a gimmick or not through a slush fund,” a WH spokesman said.

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Obama to Veto Defense Policy Bill

President Obama making remarks during a nationwide video conference on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. August 6, 2015

Republican lawmakers have accused Obama of “playing politics” with the bill. Listen to interviews with the members here.

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The World in 2:00 – November 25, 2015

The World in 2:00

The U.N. warns that political crisis in Burundi is dragging the country toward civil war.

DHS Releases Video On Refugee Vetting Process

Refugees wait for food deliveries at Syria's Yarmouk camp. February 26,2014. UN Photo/UNRWA.

“We can continue to ensure our own security, while doing our share to welcome refugees fleeing violence,” Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said.

Wednesday, November 25

● USPIRG releases 30th annual toy safety report

● 86,000 Syrian immigrants live in the U.S.

● Atheist “nativity” celebrates Bill of Rights

● Doctors endorse wider use of generic drugs

● Post office starts “Letters FROM Santa”

● Girls’ toy list: Barbie soars as Frozen fades

Pentagon: Russian Jet Was Flying Over Anti-Assad Rebel Area

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said that U.S. forces heard the Turks give ten warnings to the two Russian pilots to leave the airspace.

Tunisia Declares State Of Emergency After Bus Blast Kills Presidential Guards

Tunisian President has declared a month-long state of emergency after the bus explosion carrying presidential guards killed 12 and injuring at least 17. Sources say the attack may have been linked the Islamic State group (ISIS).

US-Led Coalition Against IS to ‘Continue as Planned’ After Turkish Border Dispute With Russia

A spokesman for the US-led military campaign against IS confirmed Turkish claims that the downed Russian warplane was given ten warnings over a period of five minutes.