The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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JESSE BYRNES (Staff writer at The Hill) PRESIDENT OBAMA: ISIS TERRORISM IS "A SCOURGE THAT THREATENS ALL OF US" President Obama is vowing to step up efforts to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, declaring the group "must be destroyed." "This was not only a strike against one of the world's great cities, it was an attack against the world itself," Obama said during a press conference at the White House alongside French President Francois Hollande. "It is a scourge that threatens all of us. And that's why, for more than a year, the United States, France and our coalition of some 60 nations have been united in one mission: to defeat these ISIL terrorists and defeat their vile ideology," Obama said, using an alternate acronym for the group. Obama noted the breadth of the deadly attacks in Paris, suggesting they were indiscriminate of nationalities and threatened "free and open societies." "It cannot be tolerated. It must be destroyed, and we must do it together," Obama said. Obama has faced increased criticism of his strategy to defeat ISIS following the Nov. 13 attacks that left 130 dead and hundreds more injured. France, with U.S. support, has ratcheted up its airstrikes against ISIS after the attacks. Obama vowed Tuesday to step up U.S. coordination with France and to push for Europe to share passenger information to identify foreign fighters returning home.

E.R. ROSA (Travel expert) IT'S HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIME A stronger economy and lower gas prices mean Thanksgiving travelers this year can expect more congested highways and busier airports. During the long holiday weekend, 46.9 million Americans are expected to go 50 miles or more from home, the highest number since 2007, according to travel agency and car lobbying group AAA. That would be a 0.6 percent increase over 2014 and the seventh straight year of growth. While promising for the travel industry, the figure is still 7.3 percent short of the 50.6 million high point reached in 2007, just before the recession. Like on every other holiday, the overwhelming majority of travelers -- almost 90 percent -- will be driving. And they'll be paying much less at the pump. AAA says the average retail price for gasoline is now $2.15 per gallon, 74 cents cheaper than the same time last year. With the typical car getting 18.5 miles per gallon, that means a family driving 300 miles will save $12 in fuel this holiday. Airlines for America, the lobbying group for several major airlines, forecasts 25.3 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines, up 3 percent from last year. (AAA's forecast shows fewer numbers of fliers because it looks at a five-day period, while the airline group looks at the 12 days surrounding Thanksgiving.) Airfare is basically flat compared to last year, with a mere 0.3 percent or 69 cent average increase, according to the Airlines Reporting Corp., which processes ticket transactions for airlines and travel agencies. There are a number of news organizations and travel bloggers offering tips on dealing with what promises to be the busiest Thanksgiving travel week since before the Great Recession. Thanks to the lowest gas prices in seven years more Americans are hitting the roads. Terror threats may cause airport screening delays. And bad weather could cause a ripple effect. What are some tips that can spare some serious holiday headaches?

Fox News Radio's JESSICA GOLLOHER (Live from Jerusalem) TURKEY SHOOTS DOWN A RUSSIN FIGHTER JET One of the world's most volatile regions was roiled further Tuesday when Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Turkish-Syrian border. Turkey said it hit the plane after it violated Turkey's airspace and ignored 10 warnings. One of the two pilots was killed in the air by fire from the ground, according to Russia's state-run news agency RIA Novosti. The fate of the second pilot wasn't disclosed. Meanwhile, a Russian marine was killed on Tuesday during an operation to rescue the two pilots, who were flying an Su-24 warplane in a combat sortie, according to RIA Novosti. Turkey and Russia exchanged bellicose language after the downing of the plane, raising fears in the international community that the Syrian conflict could spiral into something wider. The Russian plane was dealt with because it "did not answer our warning," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

DINA GOLD (Former BBC investigative journalist and television producer. She's the author of "Stolen Legacy" -- the first written account of a successful claim of a property seized by the Nazis in Germany.) "Stolen Legacy" is a non-fiction historical narrative centered on a Jewish family’s legal battle to reclaim ownership of a building stolen from them by the Nazis in the 1930s. The building at Krausenstrasse 17/18 in Berlin was seized by a German businessman with direct ties to the very top of the Nazi Party hierarchy and German Railways—the state-owned organization that transported millions of Jews across Europe to the death camps. He was the head of the Victoria Insurance Company, then and now one of Germany’s top insurance companies which, according to the book, played a role in insuring the Auschwitz death camp during World War Two. The book, written by the daughter of one of the original owners of the building, details the history of the Wolff family’s ownership of the building, its confiscation by the Nazis, and the family’s legal fight to reclaim it. The U.S. Special Adviser on Holocaust Issues, Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, has written the book’s foreword.

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