Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Even as he battles ISIS and Ebola, President Obama on Tuesday declared climate change the threat that will “define the contours of this century more than any other.”

“Climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it. The alarm bells keep ringing. Our citizens keep marching. We cannot pretend we don’t hear them,” Obama told delegates at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York, referencing the massive demonstrations over the past few days.

“We have to tackle this global threat before it’s too late,” he said.

Obama cast himself as a global champion of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, highlighting the administration’s efforts to boost fuel efficiency of American cars and trucks, curb carbon pollution from coal-fired U.S. power plants and planned phase-out of the use of HFC coolant in refrigerators and air conditioners.

The White House also unveiled an Executive Order the president will sign requiring government agencies to take climate change into account when funding international development work. The administration also said it was providing new tools — including improved NASA satellite data, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorological forecasting tools and other measures — to help poorer, developing communities manage the impact of climate change.

Obama warned the U.S. cannot solve the crisis alone.

“We will do our part. We will help developing nation’s do theirs. But we can only succeed combating climate change if we are joined by every nation, developed and developing alike. Nobody gets a pass,” he said.

“None of this is without controversy. In each of our countries, there are interests that will be resistant to action. And in each country there is a suspicion that if we act and other countries don’t then we will be at an economic disadvantage,” he said. “But we have to lead.”

Overshadowing the climate summit was the list of big names that chose not attend, including the leaders of some of the world’s biggest polluters — China, India, and Russia.

Tuesday’s meeting was not part of formal negotiations for a global climate treaty to be signed in Paris next year, but it’s been billed as a highly symbolic show aimed at pressuring visiting heads of state to make commitments to help curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In the wake of Friday’s fence-jumping incident, the White House is stepping up security with one of the most basic defenses in its toolkit: a second, shorter fence in front of the existing one.

The new portable fence is about waist high and appears to be linked together with plastic ties.

The permanent fence, the only physical barrier in place until Tuesday, stands about eight-feet tall.

The new double barricade comes just four days after an Army veteran scaled the fence and managed to enter the executive mansion with a 3.5 inch knife.

Following the security breach — which has President Obama “obviously concerned,” according to press secretary Josh Earnest — the Secret Service vowed to clamp down on security protocols.

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Robert Giroux/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As Americans wake up Tuesday morning to news of airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria, expect the threat of homeland terror to continue to have a deep impact on the November midterm elections.

In the New Hampshire Senate race, Scott Brown is out with a new television ad positioning himself as the safer choice when it comes to dealing with the threat of ISIS.

“Anyone who turns on the TV these days knows we face challenges to our way of life, radical Islamic terrorists are threatening to cause the collapse of our country. President Obama and Senator [Jeanne] Shaheen seem confused about the nature of the threat, not me,” Brown says into the camera.

Over photos of Brown in his National Guard uniform, where he served for 35 years, the former Massachusetts senator says, “I want to secure the border, keep out the people who would do us harm and restore America’s leadership in the world.”

The campaign won’t say how large the buy is, but says it will begin airing Wednesday on local and cable stations in New Hampshire and Boston.

Brown is also giving what his campaign is billing as a major foreign policy speech Wednesday, titled “Protecting America’s Freedom.” He is expected to address the ISIS threat, as well as again try to align his Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Shaheen, to the president.

The Shaheen campaign immediately responded to Brown’s ad, accusing him of “peddling the politics of fear,” while Shaheen is “working to defeat and destroy ISIS, supporting air strikes, voting for military action and working to crack down on the terrorists’ financing to disrupt their operations.”

“If Scott Brown is concerned about the border, he should call Speaker Boehner and urge him to schedule a vote on the bipartisan immigration reform bill 68 Senators including Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte passed last year that would double our border agents and build 700 miles of border fencing,” Shaheen campaign communications director Harrell Kirstein said in a statement.

Brown is not the first candidate tying an ad to terrorism. The nation’s military has already been a popular topic. Expect that to continue in the few weeks before Nov. 4.

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The White House(WASHINGTON) — President Obama said Tuesday morning that airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria is “not America’s fight alone,” thanking other Arab nations for their help in Monday’s military operation.

“America’s proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security,” he said from the grounds of the White House.

Obama also touted the bipartisan support he has gathered for the airstrikes from both Republicans and Democrats.

“America is always stronger when we stand united,” the president said said.

Obama’s statements come the morning after the U.S. launched airstrikes against ISIS targets inside Syria.

The U.S. was joined by a coalition of Arab nations including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the U.S. military’s Central Command said early Tuesday.

Obama said the U.S. “will do what is necessary to defend our country.”

“These terrorists can’t find safe haven anywhere,” he said.

Up to 20 targets were hit, according to the Pentagon, many of which near the alleged ISIS stronghold of Raqqa.

Obama is headed to New York on Tuesday to address the United Nations.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama is getting regular updates on the operation against ISIS targets inside Syria, which began earlier Monday night, according to a senior White House official.

The president also phoned House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to brief them on the missile strikes and bombing.

Congress is in recess, with members scattered across the world on trips and back in their districts. But the president began reaching out to a few key members of Congress late Monday afternoon.

In addition to the calls from the president to leaders, senior Capitol Hill aides tell ABC News that Vice President Joe Biden reached out to a wider ring of senior lawmakers — including Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

National Security Advisor Susan Rice called House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce earlier Monday evening with a notification, a GOP congressional aide told ABC News.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., issued this sign of support on Twitter: “All Americans must stand w/Pres Obama in our war against ISIS – particularly tonight’s air strikes in Syria.”

Meanwhile, House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, encouraged unity among the divided Congress, noting that “in times of war and of peace it is important that we come together as a nation.”

“To defeat ISIS, we must cut off the head of the snake, which exists in Syria. I support the administration’s move to conduct airstrikes against ISIS wherever it exists,” McCaul, R-Texas, wrote. “ISIS is not just a threat to the United States – it is a threat to all nations that value human life and decency. We must continue to lead the coalition and utilize all tools available to combat this threat until ISIS is destroyed.”

Obama travels to New York Tuesday, where he will deliver remarks at the Climate Summit 2014 in the General Assembly Hall.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama is getting regular updates on the operation against ISIS targets inside Syria, which began earlier Monday night, according to a senior White House official.

The president also phoned House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to brief them on the missile strikes and bombing.

Congress is in recess, with members scattered across the world on trips and back in their districts. But the president began reaching out to a few key members of Congress late Monday afternoon.

In addition to the calls from the president to leaders, senior Capitol Hill aides tell ABC News that Vice President Joe Biden reached out to a wider ring of senior lawmakers — including Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

National Security Advisor Susan Rice called House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce earlier Monday evening with a notification, a GOP congressional aide told ABC News.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., issued this sign of support on Twitter: “All Americans must stand w/Pres Obama in our war against ISIS – particularly tonight’s air strikes in Syria.”

Meanwhile, House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, encouraged unity among the divided Congress, noting that “in times of war and of peace it is important that we come together as a nation.”

“To defeat ISIS, we must cut off the head of the snake, which exists in Syria. I support the administration’s move to conduct airstrikes against ISIS wherever it exists,” McCaul, R-Texas, wrote. “ISIS is not just a threat to the United States – it is a threat to all nations that value human life and decency. We must continue to lead the coalition and utilize all tools available to combat this threat until ISIS is destroyed.”

Obama travels to New York Tuesday, where he will deliver remarks at the Climate Summit 2014 in the General Assembly Hall.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama is getting regular updates on the operation against ISIS targets inside Syria, which began earlier Monday night, according to a senior White House official.

The president also phoned House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to brief them on the missile strikes and bombing.

Congress is in recess, with members scattered across the world on trips and back in their districts. But the president began reaching out to a few key members of Congress late Monday afternoon.

In addition to the calls from the president to leaders, senior Capitol Hill aides tell ABC News that Vice President Joe Biden reached out to a wider ring of senior lawmakers — including Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

National Security Advisor Susan Rice called House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce earlier Monday evening with a notification, a GOP congressional aide told ABC News.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., issued this sign of support on Twitter: “All Americans must stand w/Pres Obama in our war against ISIS – particularly tonight’s air strikes in Syria.”

Meanwhile, House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, encouraged unity among the divided Congress, noting that “in times of war and of peace it is important that we come together as a nation.”

“To defeat ISIS, we must cut off the head of the snake, which exists in Syria. I support the administration’s move to conduct airstrikes against ISIS wherever it exists,” McCaul, R-Texas, wrote. “ISIS is not just a threat to the United States – it is a threat to all nations that value human life and decency. We must continue to lead the coalition and utilize all tools available to combat this threat until ISIS is destroyed.”

Obama travels to New York Tuesday, where he will deliver remarks at the Climate Summit 2014 in the General Assembly Hall.

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mcallister.house.gov(WASHINGTON) — “Kissing congressman” Rep. Vance McAllister is back, and this time, he’s with his wife.

McAllister, the Louisiana Republican who was caught on surveillance video passionately kissing a married woman on his staff, released a new TV commercial Monday. His wife, Kelly McAllister, is looking into his eyes, praising his character as she says: “I’m blessed to have a husband who owns up to his mistakes.”

The McAllisters’ marriage was thrust into the spotlight in April after the compromising video of the congressman surfaced. Republican leaders in Louisiana and Washington urged him to resign, but he issued a public apology, asked for forgiveness and said he would let the voters of Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District decide.

“Life is filled with ups and downs,” McAllister says in the ad.

“But a man’s character is based on how many times he gets back up and stands again,” says Kelly McAllister.

As images of their children pass by on the screen, she reaches over to clasp his hand and shows her diamond ring, while he says he is “blessed with a great family and a wonderful Christian wife.”

Then, she replies: “I’m blessed to have a husband who owns up to his mistakes, never gives up, always fighting for the good people of Louisiana.”

In June, Kelly McAllister said she fully supported her husband’s decision to run. But the ad released Monday, called “Blessed,” marks the first time the couple has made the indiscretion a central part of the campaign.

McAllister, who won his congressional seat a year ago in a special election, now faces several challengers, including Zach Dasher, a nephew of Duck Dynasty TV star Phil Robertson. If none of the candidates win at least 50% of the vote on Nov. 4, the top two rivals face off in a runoff election in December.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In the midst of high-profile domestic violence scandals, including that of ex-Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, Attorney General Eric Holder has announced grants totalling $2.6 million to go towards preventing deadly domestic violence.

The pilot program will be implemented at four sites in the U.S. to help identify people so violent they could kill their partner. The goal of the program is to anticipate lethal behavior and stop it.

In a video message, Holder said, “This Administration, this Department of Justice – and I personally – will not waver in that effort: to shine a light on violence and abuse.”

Three women die every day in the U.S. at the hands of their partner or ex-partner, a statistic Holder calls shocking.

“We’ve come a long way since the time when these incidents of abuse were considered private household matters but we have a ways to go still,” Holder said.

The pilot program will begin in Pitt County, N.C.; Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Contra Costa County, Calif.; and Brooklyn, N.Y.

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warren.senate.gov(NEW YORK) — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren lit up a crowd of Democratic activists and donors Monday, speaking at a fundraiser for a powerful group that backs women candidates, just across town at the same time Hillary Clinton kicked off the Clinton Foundation’s annual Clinton Global Initiative conference.

Warren received two standing ovations from the group of women at Emily’s List, but it was clear Clinton was on their mind.

“This is an exciting time and we at Emily’s List, we know and we believe we will have a woman running for president in 2016,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said to cheers from the crowd right before Warren took the stage. “We sure hope that Secretary Clinton takes the time she needs, but we also sure hope she takes this on because we are ready. We are ready.”

The former secretary of state has said she will make up her mind by the end of this year. Warren has said repeatedly, “I am not running for president,” choosing not to expand on whether she could run in the future. Warren is very popular with the progressive left of the Democratic Party, many of whom remain unsure about Clinton. The group “Ready for Warren” launched to encourage her to run, mimicking the “Ready for Hillary” campaign that has brought in millions and is well organized across the country. Warren disavowed the Ready for Warren group, but it hasn’t stopped her supporters from hoping she changes her mind.

After Warren spoke, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow also mentioned Clinton, saying she “really hope(s) I can call her something else…I think Madam President sounds awfully good.”

Warren headlined the fundraiser Monday at the Mandarin Oriental, where she spoke about the fast-approaching midterm elections and the importance of recruiting female Democratic candidates.

“It truly matters and it matters not just because women win. It matters because it means we have a seat at the table,” Warren said to the over 300 attendees. “And everybody in this room knows the basic rule, if you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.”

Over the next three days, Clinton, alongside her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea, will engage in moderated discussions and panels with key global leaders, including announcing a large commitment regarding secondary education for girls around the world.

At a CGI event Sunday night, the former president called Warren an “important part” of the Democratic Party’s future because of her signature message of giving Americans “an equal shot at prosperity.”

Monday, Warren roused the crowd, speaking about reproductive rights and income equity, saying to applause, “Women have an opportunity to change, to change the government, to change the direction this country goes…we have a chance, but we have to fight for it and me, I’m out there fighting for it.”

She mentioned the several Senate female incumbents and challengers who are in tough November fights, including Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

“We are here and we are going to change this country, our voices will be heard,” she said. “There is so much at stake in this election…women across this country our going to make a difference.”

In a lighter moment, Warren noted the “terrible parts about running for office,” including negative ads.

“Where do they get those pictures of you? I don’t look that bad when I first wake up in the morning,” Warren said. “And the creepy music. There was one ad that seemed to suggest I was going to eat voters’ brains.”

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