Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama is expected to make a short statement to the press Wednesday after getting an update from his national security team on homeland security in the wake of the Paris attacks and as the nation enters the holiday season.

“Today’s meeting will provide an opportunity for members of the president’s national security team to review efforts to monitor threats, continually evaluate our security posture and protect the American people,” a White House official said. “Per his instructions, the president will continue to be regularly apprised of these efforts.”

The official also noted that the administration is not aware of any credible, specific intelligence that indicates a Paris-like plot on the U.S. homeland.

The president was set to make his short speech from the Roosevelt Room in the White House, after the approximately hour-long national security meeting in the Situation Room.

The security update comes a day after Obama met with French President Francois Hollande, during which the two called for all Western nations to step up their commitments in the fight against ISIS.

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Liz Kreutz/ABC News(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — After a recent campaign event in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton slipped backstage at the Nashua Radisson, where 18 of her biggest fans were waiting.

“I’m so happy you all could come,” Clinton said after posing for a photo with the group who had traveled from Arkansas to be there. “Thank you, thank you.”

For the next five minutes or so, Clinton chatted with them about life: the Razorbacks, her granddaughter, husband Bill, general happenings on the campaign trail. They updated her on their plans. She then hugged each of them and said goodbye. It was back to work — for everyone.

But this was no ordinary group of supporters. These were the “Arkansas Travelers,” a cadre of loyal Democrats — some of whom are longtime friends and colleagues of the Clintons — who got together in 1992 to travel the country to campaign for the future president’s first White House bid.

In 1992, the group’s efforts turned out to be a real boon for Bill Clinton, who was still relatively unknown to many across the country (“Travelers” recall knocking on doors in Iowa and meeting person after person who had never even heard of him).

Ever since, the group has become a staple part of a Clinton presidential campaign — reuniting for Bill Clinton in 1996, for Hillary Clinton in 2008, and now in 2016. And in an election year that’s never seen more of an emphasis on digital campaign strategies, these “Travelers” are doing things the old-fashioned way. After all, it’s worked for them before.

When Hillary Clinton greeted them in Nashua, members of the group had already been out campaigning for five straight days — door knocking, canvassing, attending house parties and dinners all across the Granite State on behalf of the former secretary of state. And this visit was just the beginning; the “Travelers” plan to campaign for Clinton in additional states over the next year.

The job of getting the band back together fell to Sheila Bronfman, the founder and organizer of the “Arkansas Travelers,” who got to work rallying the troops in April after Clinton officially announced her candidacy. By November, she had recruited more than 400 volunteers — many of them first-timers.

But some of the old-timers are on the move this year too, including Bronfman, who wears a whistle around her neck, which she uses to gather up her fellow “Travelers.” Ann Henry, 76, and her husband, Morriss, 83, — the couple who hosted the Clintons’ wedding reception in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 1975 — are also back on the campaign trail.

“We’re people that have met her, we know her personally, and the other people around here perhaps have only seen her on TV,” Morriss Henry, a physician who served in the Arkansas state legislature, told ABC News in an interview. “They’re interested in finding out who she really is in person, and to talk to somebody that has had that experience, like we have, of knowing both Bill and Hillary. And I’ve known them for a long time.”

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ABC News(ROCK HILL, S.C.) — As GOP candidate Donald Trump doubles down on claims that he saw Americans in New Jersey cheering on 9/11, his rival, Jeb Bush, strongly denounced those comments Tuesday while campaigning in South Carolina.

“I don’t recall that. There was no cheering on any — it would have been on television, it would have been recorded,” Bush said.

A memory, he said, he instead recalls is that of peaceful Muslim-Americans.

“What I remember were a lot of peaceful Muslims that were disheartened and grieved and sad and angry just as every other American was as well,” the former governor of Florida said.

Trump defended comments he made on Saturday — that he saw thousands of people in Jersey City, New Jersey cheering when the World Trade Center was destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001.

“There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey where you have large Arab populations,” Trump told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week. “They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down. I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down — as those buildings came down, and that tells you something. It was well covered at the time.”

These claims have been widely debunked. ABC News, among many other news organizations, has investigated and no evidence of such cheering in Jersey City has been found.

While there were images of people cheering the towers’ collapse in parts of the Middle East, there is no record of such celebrations in New Jersey. There were some Internet rumors of Muslims celebrating the towers’ fall in Paterson, New Jersey, but those were discounted by local police at the time.

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Photo by Kris Connor/WireImage(WASHINGTON) — Barbra Streisand said Tuesday that she’d have a hard time imagining Donald Trump as President of the United States, but thinks a general election matchup between the real estate mogul and Hillary Clinton would be “one of the greatest moments in television history.”

The actress and singer, who received the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House Tuesday evening, said the thought of receiving the nation’s highest civilian honor from Trump was “terrifyingly scary.”

“What if that was Donald Trump up there, I couldn’t help but think, ‘what would he say?’” she said. “The president [Obama] is so eloquent, so dignified.”

“I probably would’ve choked,” she added. “It’s terrifyingly scary, but it’s funny. But scary.”

Streisand, a vocal supporter of President Obama, is also one of Hillary Clinton’s biggest boosters in Hollywood.

“I want Hillary Clinton to be president,” she said. “We need a woman president, we need compassion, we need to have a person who comes from the heart.”

She said a Clinton/Trump general election matchup would be “one of the greatest moments in television history.”

“Everybody would watch,” she said. “I can’t even imagine. I mean, I’m not worried about her.”

Streisand was one of 17 people awarded the Medal of Freedom by the president, a group that also included director Steven Spielberg, Hall of Fame center fielder Willie Mays and musician James Taylor.

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Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Tuesday awarded seventeen individuals the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an “extraordinary” group of artists, athletes, and politicians that included Steven Spielberg, Barbara Streisand and Willie Mays.

“Even by the standards of Medal of Freedom recipients, this is a class act,” President Obama said.

The president listed the accomplishments of the seventeen recipients of the nation’s highest civilian honor, comments that revealed his personal connections and relationships with many of the honorees.

“I’m proud to call the next honoree a friend, as well. The truth is, a lot of people say that about James Taylor. That’s what happens when you spend four decades telling people, ‘Just call out my name, and I’ll come running,’” he joked in his comments about James Taylor.

Of Willie Mays, he said: “It’s because of giants like Willie that someone like me could even think about running for President.”

He also had high praise for former Rep. Lee Hamilton and outgoing Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski – the longest-serving female member of Congress in history. Mikulski, he said, stood next to him when he signed his first bill into law –The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

The ceremony was jovial and celebratory – a marked contrast from the mood in the East Room Tuesday morning for President Obama’s news conference with French President Francois Hollande.

The president appeared to be enjoying himself too, cracking jokes (“I didn’t know you were Jewish, Barbra.”) and mingling with the audience on the way out of the room, as the theme song to Spielberg’s E.T. played over the sound system.

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) — Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was joined for the first time by his wife and some of his children on the campaign trail Tuesday night.

Speaking to thousands in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Trump’s wife, Melania, daughters Ivanka and Tiffany and youngest son Barron joined the candidate on stage.

“Isn’t he the best?” Melania Trump asked the crowd to loud cheers. “He will be the best President ever. We love you.”

It was just last week, that the Trumps sat down with ABC News’ Barbara Walters. “I encouraged him because I know what he will do and what he can do for America,” Melania told Walters. “He loves the American people and he wants to help them.”

Trump said his family was joining him ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The family will fly to Trump’s Mar-a-Largo Estate in Florida to celebrate together as Trump takes a few days off the trail.

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Ty Wright/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — As Donald Trump stands by comments he made about 9/11, other Republican presidential hopefuls deny the claims.

Trump is not backing down after he said he saw people cheering in Jersey City, New Jersey on Sept. 11, 2001. On the campaign trail in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Tuesday, Trump said he’s received “hundreds of phone calls” from people agreeing with him since he made the comments in the past few days.

Earlier Tuesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said he strongly condemned Trump’s claims and he remembered “a lot of peaceful Muslims that were disheartened and grieved and sad and angry just as every other American was as well.”

In an interview Tuesday with Bret Baier on Fox News, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he didn’t recall Muslims celebrating in Jersey City.

“As I said before if that had happened, I’d recall it and I don’t,” he told Baier.

Dr. Ben Carson on Monday told reporters he saw “newsreels” of American Muslims cheering in New Jersey during the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, then a few hours later his campaign apologized and said he “doesn’t stand behind” what he said and his remarks were “a mistake.”

Trump responded to Carson backpedaling from his comments.

“For Ben Carson to make this statement and then deny it, could be the pathological disease that he wrote about acting up again,” he said in a statement.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Most presidential candidates are looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday as a welcome break from the campaign trail. For Mike Huckabee, it’s a chance to get knee surgery without missing any campaign events.

“About two weeks ago, I was walking through an airport in South Carolina, heard this loud pop, and everybody around me said what was that? I said that was my knee,” Huckabee told employees at C&C Machining in Centerville, Iowa, during a campaign stop last week.

Huckabee joked with workers that he was at their factory to have a new cane made, acknowledging the injury that has forced him to hobble on the campaign trail.

“I’ve got bone chips floating around in there that are stabbing me all over the place so that’s got to get fixed,” Huckabee said. The outpatient surgery will be performed Wednesday, and Huckabee said the surgery won’t affect his campaign schedule.

On the campaign trail with @GovMikeHuckabee , who’s hobbled with chipped bones in knee.

— Kathy Bolten (@kbolten) November 20, 2015

“I’m not going to miss a single campaign event so to all my opponents out there, you’re not going to get an advantage just because I’m laid low,” Huckabee told ABC News.

The former Arkansas governor has been struggling in the polls. He was relegated to the undercard debate on Fox Business earlier this month in Milwaukee, the first time that Huckabee hadn’t appeared on the main stage. In the Quinnipiac University poll of likely Republican Caucus-goers released Tuesday, Mike Huckabee is tied in 8th place with Chris Christie and Rick Santorum at 2 percent.

Huckabee told ABC that he won’t be frying the Thanksgiving turkey this year — his son will handle that. But, he hopes to be back on the campaign trail early next week.

“No reason to feel sorry for me. I shall live through this, I’m pretty sure,” Huckabee joked.

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The White House(WASHINGTON) — President Obama told French President Francois Hollande Tuesday that the United States stands united in “total solidarity” with France.

But beyond some changes on the margins of the United States’ participation in the fight against ISIS extremists, the president did not announce any major shifts in strategy in light of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris.

Rather, he said the United States would “step up” its coordination with France by providing additional airlift and intelligence to its European partner, and he called for the European Union to implement an agreement that would require airlines to share passenger information.

His statements, at the beginning of a news conference with Hollande in the East Room of the White House, happened after the two leaders met privately in the Oval Office for the first time since the Nov. 13 terrorist attack in Paris that left 130 dead, where they were expected to discuss cooperation in the war against ISIS.

But before the meeting even began, the White House had signaled that its outcome might be more symbolic than substantive.

“I don’t want to get ahead of the meeting, but I also wouldn’t downplay the significance of additional expressions of solidarity and support,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Monday.

Some observers had suggested that the United States and France could do more to streamline the intelligence-sharing that goes on between their two countries. But Earnest indicated that the White House believes that burden is on Europe.

“We certainly believe that there is more that France and their European partners can do in terms of sharing information among themselves and with the United States,” he said.

And while Hollande has previously expressed hope that the Nov. 13 Paris attack would prompt the United States and Russia to “join forces” with other nations in the fight against ISIS, Obama has already indicated he doesn’t plan on dramatically shifting course.

“The strategy that we are putting forward is the strategy that ultimately is going to work,” Obama told reporters in Turkey Nov. 16, three days after Paris sustained the terrorist attack that killed 130 people.

The United States has concerns about coordinating counterattacks against ISIS with Russia, as President Vladimir Putin has been focused on striking enemies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, not ISIS itself.

The discussions were overshadowed by news Tuesday that Turkey shot down a Russian warplane that it claimed was violating its airspace. Turkey had also voiced voiced concerns that Moscow had been targeting ethnic minorities who are fighting alongside Syrian rebel groups against Assad.

Obama noted his skepticism about Russia’s commitment to the anti-ISIS fight during a trip to East Asia last week.

“The question at this point is whether [Russia] can make the strategic adjustment that allows them to be effective partners with us,” Obama said during a news conference in Malaysia Sunday. “And we don’t know that yet.”

Another aspect of the anti-ISIS fight that Obama will likely underscore with Hollande is the influx of Syrian refugees who are seeking resettlement in both leaders’ nations.

U.S. politicians have been urging the United States to pause its Syrian refugee program until the administration can confirm that it’s airtight against possible terrorist infiltration. Obama wants to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country over the next year.

Meanwhile, France has said it will accept 30,000 more refugees over two years.

Obama slammed the notion of suspending the program, calling it “un-American.”

“There’s a difference between smart applications of law enforcement and military and intelligence, and succumbing to the kind of fear that leads us to abandon our values, to abandon how we live, to abandon — or change how we treat each other,” he said in Malaysia.

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ABC News (NEW YORK) — Where will the 2016 presidential candidates be Tuesday? Read below to find out their schedules:

Donald Trump is will travel to South Carolina Tuesday night for a rally in Myrtle Beach at 7 p.m. EST.

Jeb Bush is also taking his campaign to South Carolina. On Tuesday afternoon, Bush will attend an event with the Salvation Army in Greenville, followed by an afternoon stop at the famous Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg. The drive-in is a popular stop for candidates and a true South Carolina experience. In the evening, he will hold a town hall in Rock Hill.

Marco Rubio is in Iowa Tuesday, holding an afternoon town hall in Grinnell.

Hillary Clinton is stumping in Colorado Tuesday. She’ll hold two “organizing events” Tuesday afternoon — first in Boulder and then later in Denver.

NJ Gov. Chris Christie will give a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C, Tuesday.

Rand Paul will stay home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he will a book signing.

Lindsey Graham will tour Horizons Food Pantry in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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