First Read's Morning Clips: Focusing on Terrorism, Not Taxes

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Image: Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton greet supporters at the Central Iowa Democrats Fall Barbecue
Former president Bill Clinton and his wife Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton greet supporters at the Central Iowa Democrats Fall Barbecue Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Charlie Neibergall / AP

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OFF TO THE RACES: Focusing on terrorism, not taxes

The big picture, from the New York Times: "In Presidential Campaign, It’s Now Terrorism, Not Taxes." More: "The assault on Paris has thrust national security to the heart of the presidential race, forcing candidates to scramble and possibly prompting voters to reconsider their flirtations with unconventional candidates and to take a more sober measure of who is prepared to serve as commander in chief."

POLITICO: "It took just 48 hours, but the tragic terror attacks on Paris have quickly cleaved the 2016 Republican primary into a contest between those with serious foreign policy experience and those without, shifting the race, at least for now, from a campaign for the presidency to a test for commander in chief."

The Des Moines Register offers takeaways from the Democratic debate on Saturday night.

On the TODAY Show, Mitt Romney said "we must change our course" in the fight against ISIS.

JEB BUSH: NBC's Jordan Frasier reports that Jeb Bush questioned the foreign policy credentials of his rivals on Meet the Press.

BEN CARSON: In an interview on FOX News Sunday, he struggled to outline his foreign policy strategy.

HILLARY CLINTON: From NBC's Monca Alba: "Hillary Clinton clarified her remarks on combating terrorism Sunday, saying America has to lead "the worldwide fight" against ISIS but "cannot and should not do it alone" at a campaign stop in Iowa with former President Bill Clinton by her side."

A debate wrap on how she played defense at the Democratic debate, from one of us(!).

TED CRUZ: Rival campaigns are beginning to worry about Cruz's momentum, writes POLITICO.

MARCO RUBIO: He pounced on Clinton saying that she "comes from the 1960s"."

On Democrats' reluctance to use the words "radical Islam," he said, "That would be like saying we weren’t at war with Nazis, because we were afraid to offend some Germans who may have been members of the Nazi Party but weren’t violent themselves."

BERNIE SANDERS: He hit back aggressively at her tax and health care plans in an interview with the Des Moines Register, and he insisted that his comments about her donations from Wall Street were not an attack on her character.

The Wall Street Journal writes that his one top task during the Saturday night debate was to blunt Clinton's momentum -- and he failed to do it.

DONALD TRUMP: He made his pitch to Florida activists over the weekend.

OBAMA AGENDA: France strikes back

The latest on the manhunt, from "Paris Attacks: 150 Raids as France Goes to 'War With Terrorism'"

France has named Belgian national Abdelhamid Abaaoud as a possible plotter of the attacks.

"Repercussions from the Paris attacks will ripple through Congress as lawmakers return on Monday and begin to weigh in from the floors of the Senate and the House," writes the New York Times. "Within hours of the violence, it was clear that the terror assaults would complicate the administration’s push to allow up to 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States after a Syrian passport was found near the body of one of the attackers."

Notes the Wall Street Journal: "To proponents of European integration, the attacks highlight the need for more EU cooperation on security and better joint protection of the bloc’s external frontier. But those voices, led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, are now likely to face even stronger opposition from politicians who want to show they are taking national security more seriously than lofty European ideals."

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