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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ABC News(NEW YORK) — With less than 70 days to the Iowa Caucus, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is seeing larger numbers at his events, increased fundraising, and a momentum that has propelled him to second place in Tuesday’s Quinnipiac University poll of Iowa Republican Caucus-goers. Cruz’s support has doubled since the last Quinnipiac poll four weeks ago and he finds himself in a dead heat with Donald Trump for the top spot.

“The difference over the last two or three months each time he comes to the state, it just seems like there’s more excitement and people seem to be starting to understand that they have their champion in this election cycle,” Cruz’s Iowa State Director Bryan English told ABC News.

There’s a growing consensus among Iowa’s conservatives that they must elect someone this time around who can get past the early states as Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum struggled to do.

“There is a great deal of frustration that the last two times, those candidates weren’t able to take that caucus win and turn it into a nomination,” said English.

Loras Schulte is so excited about Cruz that he resigned last week from the state’s central committee with the Iowa Republican Party, a position that requires its members to remain neutral.

“Here’s a man that’s willing to stand-up on the floor of the Senate and call out the leadership, the Republican leadership in the Senate,” Schulte told ABC. “It’s not someone I would look at as a quintessential insider. It can’t just be about making it to South Carolina. It’s about going the distance.”

Cruz has been in third place in Iowa polls since roughly July down double digits to Ben Carson and Trump. In the CNN/ORC poll from November 6th, Trump and Carson led Cruz by double digits.

Cruz’s fundraising prowess has enabled his campaign to add more field staff in Iowa and the senator himself has hit the ground harder, making five trips to the Hawkeye State in the past five months. Cruz’s campaign and a super PAC supporting him have also begun running television ads in Iowa and Cruz’s campaign was given a boost when Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, endorsed him eight days ago.

“We are in great shape here in Iowa, but unlike many other campaigns, we don’t have to win Iowa in order to keep working to the nomination,” English told ABC. “We already have the infrastructure in the early states, up to and including the SEC primary states, to continue earning delegates long after Feb. 1.”

Cruz’s Iowa team said one of the reasons why Cruz is starting to catch on is that he doesn’t just appeal to evangelicals, but also to libertarians, moderate Republicans, and even some Democrats.

Last month at an old-fashioned soda counter in Sidney, Iowa, the senator was greeted by a Vietnam veteran who told him, “I voted for Obama for change. Now all I got is change. That’s why I am voting for you.”

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) — Turmoil abroad isn’t helping President Obama at home: After a brief rally the last few months, his job approval rating slipped back under 50 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.

Forty-six percent of Americans now approve of Obama’s job performance, while 50 percent disapprove. That’s a 5-point decline in the president’s approval rating from a month ago, when it exceeded the halfway mark for the first time since May 2013.

See PDF with full results here.

The president has lost 5 percentage points or more poll-to-poll just six times in 67 ABC/Post surveys measuring his job approval rating since he took office.

The economy, often the prime factor in evaluations of Obama’s performance, seems less significant at the moment: Forty-eight percent approve of his handling of the economy, but that’s held essentially steady all year, so seems not to explain his 5-point dip in approval overall.

Instead, concerns about terrorism seem to be damaging Obama’s overall ratings. As reported in an ABC/Post poll Friday, disapproval of his handling of terrorism has increased from 45 percent in January to 54 percent now, a career worst on what had been his best issue in his first term. Fifty-seven percent disapprove of his handling of ISIS in particular. On both items, strong disapproval is high.

Obama’s overall approval rating has taken a hit in some key groups in this poll, conducted for ABC News by Langer Research Associates. He’s lost 9 points since October among Democrats and nonwhites alike, to 77 percent approval within his party and 69 percent among nonwhites, a core Democratic constituency. He gets just 34 percent approval from whites.

The president’s rating among all adults is 6 points better than his career low, 40 percent just more than a year ago. He’s in far better shape that was George W. Bush at this point in his presidency, 33 percent approval, but worse than Bill Clinton’s 59 percent.

Among other groups, about six in 10 young adults and urban residents approve of Obama’s job performance, compared with 42 percent of all those age 30-plus and 29 percent of those living in rural areas. Liberal Democrats approve by a broad 86-12 percent. Among conservative Republicans, the president’s approval rating plummets to 9 percent.


This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by landline and cellular telephone Nov. 16-19, 2015, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 1,004 adults. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points, including the design effect. Partisan divisions are 33-23-36 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents.

The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, N.Y., with sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York, N.Y. See details on the survey’s methodology here.

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MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(RENO, Nev.) — Hillary Clinton talked ISIS and refugees during a campaign stop while steering clear of addressing recent controversial claims from Donald Trump about 9/11.

Trump has not backed down from his comments saying residents in Jersey City, New Jersey were celebrating the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. Clinton, possibly indirectly addressing the comments, warned supported Monday night that people should not be “diverted by fear tactics and scare mongering and inflammatory rhetoric.”

“I do not think it’s smart to act like we are waging war on every Muslim in the world…that is not smart,” Clinton said to applause. “These terrorists are killers, they’re thugs, they’re criminals, they need to be treated like that, not elevated as thought they are representing religion, because even though they claim to they are not. They are perverting the very name of religion.”

She also said she shakes her head when she hears what opponents say about Muslims.

“Because, you know, I was a Senator on 9/11. I spent a lot of time worrying and working about how to protect New York. I spent a lot of time talking to the NYPD, which is you know, just an amazing law enforcement agency and has an intelligence division and is connected around the world to try to learn of threats so that they can be prepared. And they will be the first to tell you that we need people in every community to actually talk to us, to tell us what they’re hearing, to give us the go-ahead that something may be amiss, and you don’t get that if you demonize people.”

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