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Donald Trump is drawing crowds and getting cheers for comments that have ended political candidacies in the past. At the same time, white supremacist websites are energized and new attacks on mosques are being reported. What's the connection to demographic change and economic inequality?

Later on the program, how did jihadists in Syria get the truck of a plumber in Texas?

Photo: Alex Hanson

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Jenny Hamel
Gideon Brower

Obama at National Security Council Meeting on ISIS Strategy 6 MIN, 29 SEC

In a rare move today, President Obama opened a meeting of his National Security Council called to discuss strategy against the Islamic State. Then he spoke with reporters, telling them, "We are hitting ISIL harder than ever. Coalition aircraft, our fighters, bombers and drones have been increasing the pace of airstrikes -- nearly 9000 as of today. Last month in November, we dropped more bombs on ISIL targets than in any other month since this campaign started." Josh Lederman, White House reporter for the Associated Press, has more on this story.

Guests:
Josh Lederman, Associated Press (@joshledermanAP)

More:
Obama's weekly address on standing strong in the face of terrorism

Donald Trump, American Values and Angry White Males 33 MIN, 55 SEC

When The Donald sneers at Mexicans, blacks and women or talks about banning Muslims, the mainstream media call him "unacceptable." Trump responds that he won't be "politically correct," and crowds roar with approval. He's saying what many angry Americans want to hear. The fear of terrorism is ripe for his exploitation and, beyond that, the fear of being left behind by cultural diversity and a changing economy. With white supremacy and hate crimes on the rise, we look at the risks of making the "unacceptable" sound respectable after all.

More:
Giridharadas on how Trump has upended the story line
Giridharadas on 'Trumpism' after Trump
Schreckinger on white supremacist groups and the Trump bump
Whitmire on Trump channeling white male anger

Why Boys Fail

Richard Whitmire

Where Syrian Jihadists Get Their Trucks 9 MIN, 27 SEC

A plumber in Texas has filed suit over a picture falsely linking him to jihadists in Syria.

A year ago, the final episode of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report showed a picture of a Ford pickup truck with an anti-aircraft gun in the back -- and the logo of a plumber in Texas City, Texas on the passenger-side door. The plumber, Mark Oberholtzer, was deluged with hate mail and threating phone calls because the truck was being driven by jihadists in the Syrian Civil War. Now Oberholtzer has sued for a million dollars.

Guests:
Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Morning News (@RobertWilonsky)
Edward Niedermeyer, Bloomberg View (@Tweetermeyer)

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Wilonsky on plumber's truck lawsuit
Niedermeyer on terrorists' love of Toyotas

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