The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Monday, December 21, 2015
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DAVID LIGHTMAN (National Correspondent from McClatchy Newspapers)

  • How did HILLARY CLINTON do in this past Saturday night's Democratic debate?
  • What's the state of the Republican presidential race?
  • House Speaker PAUL RYAN has angered many conservatives with the spending bill he ushered through the House. Could he now face a primary challenge?

KERRY PRESTON (Etiquette expert) HOLIDAY TIPPING ETIQUETTE: WHO DO YOU TIP AND WHO DO YOU SKIP? It's known as "the most wonderful time of the year," but for some, gifting and tipping can be a major source of confusion and stress during the holidays. Experts say the first step is to stop looking at tipping as an obligation but rather a desire to thank someone. Monetarily, experts say, consumers shouldn't feel compelled to break the bank. The holiday season can pose a challenge when it comes to giving. The question is, how do we show our gratitude to the people who help us on a regular basis? Holiday tipping is customary for those who provide services throughout the year. Who should receive tips this holiday season? What is the standard amount to tip?

JEFF BIRNBAUM (Fox News political analyst, Washington Times columnist and president of BGR Public Relations) REACTIONS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S YEAR END PRESS CONFERENCE "In 2016, I'm going to leave it all out on the field," President Obama said at his year-end press conference on Friday. The President took the time to reflect back on the year he had, including his easing of tensions with Cuba and Iran, as well as his plans for the future, focusing heavily on terrorism and national security. President Obama discussed the progress of the US led coalition to defeat ISIS by saying "We're going to defeat ISIS and we're going to do so by systematically squeezing them, cutting off their supply lines, cutting off their financing, taking out their leadership, taking out their forces, taking out their infrastructure," while also stating that as long as Assad remains in power in Syria, the country cannot be stable. Also while discussing terrorism and US security, President Obama said that the current visa review program has struck a good balance between protecting civil liberties and ensuring safety while also stating that domestic terrorism is one of the hardest battles to fight. The president also voiced his plans to reduce the population at Guantanamo to less than 100 by early next year while also stating that he will wait until he gets a definite “no” from Congress before using his executive power to close the prison. The President spoke on his more recent actions including the climate change agreement reached in Paris by stating that the world now has a global marketplace for clean energy that is stable. - Do you agree with his own report card for himself? What was the President’s strongest point? How will this affect the remainder of this term? Did he reveal any new plans? How did he address terrorism and future plans to combat domestic terrorists? What do the president’s statements mean for the upcoming year?

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