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Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

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Public Opinion Matches Partisan Divide Over U.S. Ground Troops In Syria

After the Paris attacks, the debate over the use of U.S ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria has deepened. Polls indicate the politicians reflect a similar split in public opinion.

Caught Between A Turkey Leg And A Political Diatribe? We're Here To Help

Nobody wants a side of politics on the Thanksgiving table, but it's probably going to happen. Here's some advice to get you through. You may need to buy a duck quacker, though.

Should The Phrase 'Islamic Extremism' Be Used? It's Debatable

Within Islamic countries, many Muslims are OK using the term "Islamic extremists," but when Westerners use the phrase, it could be seen as an insult.

The Strange Truth Behind Presidential Turkey Pardons

Presidents have been pardoning turkeys for decades. But why? They used to eat them, actually. The history of the tradition is an odd and sad tale with lots of myths.

Government Can Keep Memos Justifying Drone Strikes Secret, Court Rules

Unlike in an earlier case involving Anwar al-Awlaki, the federal appeals court panel says, the government has not already revealed the contents of these memos through other public channels.

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Downed Russian Military Jet Heightens Debate Over Syria No-Fly Zone

Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and others are supporting the idea of a no-fly zone over Syria to try to help civilians there. But skeptics say it no longer has any relevance to today's Syrian crisis.

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Obama, Hollande Vow To Expand Attacks Against ISIS

French President Francois Hollande met with President Obama at the White House Tuesday to discuss the fight against ISIS in the wake of the Paris attacks.

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Canada Releases Details Of Plan To Resettle 25,000 Syrian Refugees

The Canadian government released details Tuesday of its ambitious plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. The first refugees are to arrive next week.

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Former Rep. Lee Hamilton Urges Importance Of Engagement In ISIS Fight

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Lee Hamilton, the former congressman from Indiana, who has won the Presidential Medal Of Freedom. He says diplomacy should come before force in the fight against ISIS.

Diplomacy And Debate At COP 21 Paris Climate Talks

November 30, 2015
United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres, center left, Minister of the Environment of Peru and COP20 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, center right, and French Foreign Affairs Minister and COP 21 President Laurent Fabius, center, pose for photographers during a press visit to the COP21, Paris Climate Conference, site, in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

World leaders converge in Paris for the big climate talks. We’ll look at what it will take to get a global climate agreement.

What Not To Talk About Over Turkey: Politics!

November 25, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie, during a meet and greet this month in Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

It’s time for an update on the GOP race with political commentator Ken Rudin.

Security Analyst: Current U.S. Strategy Won’t Beat ISIS

November 25, 2015
President Barack Obama speaks following a meeting with top military officials about the military campaign against the Islamic State at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, July 6, 2015. Obama said the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State jihadists was "intensifying" its campaign against the group's base in Syria, especially against its top leaders. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

John Walcott argues that there is a critical missing piece in the campaign to fight the Islamic State group: human intelligence.

Turkey, Russia Promise Not To Go To War Over Downing Of Russian Fighter Jet

November 25, 2015
Protesters hold placards and shout slogans as they take part in an anti-Turkey picket outside the Turkish embassy in Moscow on November 25, 2015. Turkey shot down a Russian war plane on the Syrian border on November 24, sending tensions spiraling as Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Ankara its "stab in the back" would have serious consequences. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

Tensions are still running high and questions remain about what the fallout might look like, after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet.

Talking Turkey About Massachusetts Politicians

November 25, 2015
Right now, it seems nearly everyone in Massachusetts is thankful that Charlie Baker, who's seen here in June, is their governor. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Here’s your cheat sheet for your Thanksgiving table polling discussion.

A Muslim Parliamentarian’s View On Fighting Terrorists

November 25, 2015
MEP Syed Kamall speaks at a plenary debate this week on terrorism and the Paris attacks. (© European Union 2015 - European Parliament via Flickr)

Syed Kamall, a member of the European Parliament, discusses what should be done following the Paris attacks.

State Department Official Explains Aspects Of Refugee Resettlement Process

November 25, 2015

Simon Henshaw, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for the State Department’s population, refugees and migration bureau, says “we have the tightest system” for refugee resettlement acceptance into the U.S.

How One Mass. Refugee Resettlement Agency’s Work Has Changed After Paris Attacks

November 25, 2015
In Worcester, Ascentria Care Alliance offers new arrivals to the state guidance on how to navigate resources around their new home. The agency's workers are now also educating others about the process of refugee resettlement in the wake of the Paris attacks. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

In the wake of the Paris attacks, Ascentria Care Alliance in Worcester — one of the largest refugee resettlement agencies in the state — has taken on the new role of educating communities about the vetting process for refugees, an official said.

Commentary: The Topsy-Turvy, Truthy, Trumpy New World Of Politics

November 25, 2015
If Donald Trump ends up winning the GOP nomination, American politics will never be the same, writes Todd Domke. Pictured here, Trump speaks during a rally in Ohio on Monday. (Paul Vernon/AP)

If Donald Trump ends up winning the GOP nomination, American politics will never be the same, writes Todd Domke.

Rep. Moulton Meets With Syrian Refugees Amid Uproar Over Security

November 24, 2015
As disagreement over how the U.S. should handle incoming Syrian refugees continues to play out, Rep. Seth Moulton took part in a roundtable discussion Tuesday to try to better understand the community of refugees that lives here in the state. (Steve Brown/WBUR)

As disagreement over how the U.S. should handle incoming Syrian refugees continues to play out, Rep. Seth Moulton took part in a roundtable discussion Tuesday to try to better understand the community of refugees that exists here in the state.

Newton Mayor Setti Warren On Income Inequality

November 24, 2015
Democratic Newton Mayor Setti Warren is the first popularly elected black mayor in Massachusetts. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

How much can a mayor do to tackle the growing challenge of income inequality?

Karl Rove Still Won’t Get Involved In The 2016 G.O.P. Primary

November 24, 2015
In this March 2, 2013 file photo. Republican strategist Karl Rove speaks at the California Republican Party convention in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Karl Rove may say he’s not endorsing or getting involved in the 2016 G.O.P. presidential primary, but that won’t stop from offering advice on how to beat Republican front runner Donald Trump.

French President Hollande Meets With Obama

November 24, 2015
President Barack Obama meets with President Francois Hollande of France in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Hollande's visit to Washington is part of a diplomatic offensive to get the international community to bolster the campaign against the Islamic State militants. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)

The two leaders held a joint press conference, just over a week after a series of terrorist attacks in Paris left 130 people dead.

Watch: President Obama Holds A Press Conference With French President Hollande

November 24, 2015

President Obama and President Hollande are expected to speak at 11:30 a.m.

Karl Rove On The Campaigns of 1896 And 2016

November 24, 2015
An archival image of a McKinley - Hobart Presidential Campaign Poster from 1896. (Public Domain / WikiCommons)

Republican political strategist Karl Rove is thinking about the McKinley 1896 campaign and the GOP field right now. Karl Rove is with us.

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton To Meet With Syrian Refugees, Law Enforcement Officials

November 24, 2015

The meeting comes amid a charged political debate on the resettlement of Syrian refugees following the attacks in Paris.

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