Top Obama aide: 'Where there is a threat to us, we will take action'  McDonough said the U.S. cannot be an "occupying force" in places like Yemen or Syria.  http://ow.ly/HTIHR

McCain: Obama has 'no strategy' to defeat terrorist groups  The senator said Obama has "lost touch with reality."  http://ow.ly/HU2Sg

McDonough: No deal for ISIS hostage  "Our policies on this are pretty well set," McDonough told "Fox News Sunday."  http://ow.ly/HTNCu

Basketball legend: Terrorists using Islam as a 'mask'  "It is not what Islam is about," Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said.  http://ow.ly/HU1FG



WH chief of staff: Relationship with Israel 'deep and abiding'  "This is most important relationship we have in world," McDonough said.  http://ow.ly/HTMc4

House Dem: Inviting Israeli prime minister a 'terrible mistake'  "I think it's harmful to the U.S.-Israel relationship," Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: YouTube disables 200+ accounts over Hong Kong misinformation | Lawmakers sound alarm over Chinese influence efforts | DHS cyber agency details priorities | State AGs get tough on robocalls | DOJ busts online scammers Nadler asks other House chairs to provide records that would help panel in making impeachment decision YouTube disables over 200 accounts amid protests in Hong Kong MORE said.  http://ow.ly/HTTFg



Huckabee 'moving in direction' of 2016 run  The former governor said a decision will likely come in the spring.  http://ow.ly/HTX5v

Santorum stokes 2016 talk  The former senator called for the GOP to "be a unifying party in America." http://ow.ly/HTOHl

Jindal: Nation's leaders don't have the courage to tell the truth  The governor said the Obama administration is trying to redefine the American dream. http://ow.ly/HTVX8

Ohio governor: Bieber, Brady distracting Americans from debt  John Kasich, a possible 2016 candidate, is promoting a balanced budget amendment.  http://ow.ly/HU7ws



White House chief of staff: No let up in focus on middle class  McDonough pointed to efforts to "put the middle class first."  http://ow.ly/HTSXY



Santorum: Obama climate actions will have 'zero impact'  The former senator said humans are not contributing to climate change.  http://ow.ly/HTQgA