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OFF TO THE RACES: Responding to the refugees

2016 candidates are pressuring Paul Ryan to use a new funding bill to halt spending for refugee programs for Syrians, reports one of us(!)

Writes the Washington Post: "Republican strategists are divided over the lasting consequences of the refu­gee issue, with some expecting grass-roots voters to rally to the party’s increasingly aggressive tone and turn out in droves in the upcoming primary contests. Others are nervous about damaging the party’s brand with controversial comments, such as Donald Trump’s remark Monday that he would consider shutting down some mosques and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee’s call to “wake up and smell the falafel.”

JEB BUSH: He's getting beat by Rubio in the ad wars, reports POLITICO. "According to media buyers and a POLITICO review of TV ad purchase data, Bush and his allies are on pace to spend $5 million more than Team Rubio on broadcast, cable and radio ads through the first four voting states – but for that sum, they will put fewer ads on the airwaves."

Time's Zeke Miller: “GOPer notes: On Sat Jeb called for more intel sharing w/ allies, Monday it happened. Called for stronger surveillance pre-Brennan.”

BEN CARSON: He says that Al Qaeda was not "an existential threat" in 2003.

CHRIS CHRISTIE: He said the US should not even admit refugees who are "orphans under the age of 5."

The New York Times looks at his underdog run and his emphasis on terror and crime.

HILLARY CLINTON: The New York Times: "[T}he terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, and a presidential election that has suddenly taken a turn toward foreign policy, have complicated Mrs. Clinton’s strategy of aligning herself closely with Mr. Obama, who is widely popular among Democratic primary voters and whose support she will need should she advance to the general election."

The Clinton Foundation raised $178 million in 2014, writes POLITICO.

She's taking aim at Sanders on taxes.

TED CRUZ: Rep. Steve King called the Texas senator "the answer to my prayers" in his endorsement yesterday.

MARTIN O'MALLEY: NBC's Kristen Welker and Alex Seitz-Wald report on reductions to his HQ staff.

MARCO RUBIO: He's swinging at Rand Paul and Ted Cruz over their NSA stance.

DONALD TRUMP: NBC's Ali Vitali reports that Trump proposed giving refugees a "swath of land" as a safe zone in Syria to settle.

And around the country...

MARYLAND: Gov. Larry Hogan's cancer is in remission.

OBAMA AGENDA: Russia confirms a bomb blew up Metrojet plane

Breaking this morning, from the AP: "A homemade explosive device brought down a Russian passenger plane over Egypt last month, the head of Russia's FSB security service said Tuesday, telling Russian President Vladimir Putin it's now clear the bombing that killed 224 people was a "terrorist" act."

And Russia has carried out a "significant number of strikes" in Raqqa.

Leigh Ann Caldwell sums up the move by many U.S. governors to halt the flow of Syrian refugees to their states.

"President François Hollande of France called on Monday for constitutional amendments to fight potential terrorists at home and for an aggressive effort to “eradicate” the Islamic State abroad," writes the New York Times.

The Wall Street Journal: "An Islamic State operative suspected of helping plan the Paris attacks had been monitored in Syria by Western allies seeking to kill him in an airstrike, but they couldn’t locate him in the weeks before the plot was carried out, two Western security officials said."