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Obama Makes 'No Apologies' For Fighting ISIS Within 'American Values'

In an interview with NPR, President Obama forcefully defended his strategy against ISIS and encouraged Americans to "keep things in perspective."

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Obama Makes 'No Apologies' For Fighting ISIS Within 'American Values'

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Mission Neil Cowley Trio
Queen Neil Cowley Trio
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When Mary asked Helen what she wants for Christmas, Helen said: "All I ask is to be in good spirits and in good health so I can come and show myself off when we have the party." Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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When Mom Has Alzheimer's, A Stranger Comes For Christmas

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Is Everybody Mumbling? Try A Hearing Test You Take On The Phone

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Skylines The Album Leaf
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Prepare For Takeoff: Smithsonian Celebrates The Art Of The Airport Tower

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Counterterrorism Cops Try To Build Bridges With Muslim Communities

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