Lauren Fox

Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.

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Russian officials say one of the helicopter pilots sent to retrieve the downed warplane pilots in Syria was killed in the rescue operation.

According to a report from ABC News, Syrian rebels attacked the helicopter and killed one of the crew members. The rest of the envoy landed in "neutral territory."

The drama is just the latest iteration since news broke that the Turks shot down a Russian warplane as it allegedly wandered into Turkish airspace. One of the pilots on the plane was also killed in the original crash. The whereabouts and condition of the second pilot remain unknown.

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NATO ambassadors are urging Turkish officials to resist escalating tensions with Russia after downing a Russian warplane.

In a private briefing, Reuters is reporting a handful of NATO allies expressed frustration the Turkish government chose to act so aggressively when it might have tried an alternative response like sending a plane to direct the Russian aircraft out of Turkish airspace.

"There are other ways of dealing with these kinds of incidents," one diplomat told Reuters.

Reuters, however, is reporting that no one "defended" Russia's alleged aggression as they asked Turkish officials to retain "cool-headedness."

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President Obama called on Russia and Turkey to take steps to halt any military escalation after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane that allegedly entered its airspace Tuesday.

"Turkey–like every country–has a right to defend its country and its air space. I think it is very important right now that both the Russians and the Turks are talking to each other," Obama said at a White House press conference with French President François Hollande. Obama added that his "top priority" is ensuring "this does not escalate."

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That state-run Turkish press Anadolu Agency has released video footage of the shoot-down Tuesday of a Russian warplane along the Turkish-Syrian border.

The fiery footage also appears to show the aircraft's pilots parachuting from the plane. Their condition is still unknown; however, Reuters is reporting it received video footage from a Syrian rebel group purportedly showing one of the pilots badly injured and possibly dead.

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More than a quarter million Louisiana residents will soon be eligible for health coverage when Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards (pictured) fulfills his promise to expand Medicaid.

Louisiana is just the latest example of a state that has changed its tune on the federal program. Only unlike other states where a Republican-held legislature inevitably came around to expansion, the shift in Louisiana is a remarkably rare instance where a Democrat won control of the governor's mansion and transformed the health care politics of the deeply red state essentially over night.

That state's outgoing Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal had resisted expansion even as his state held one of the highest uninsured rates in the country at 16.3 percent.

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Do Donald Trump's "gaffes" really hurt him? A super PAC supporting Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is betting on it.

In a newly released web ad titled "Trump's Greatest Hits," the New Day for America super PAC strings together some of Trump's most over-the-top Trumpisms since he jumped into the Republican primary, including the one where he tells The View's hosts that "if Ivanka weren't my daughter perhaps I'd be dating her."

The mashup also highlights Trump's disdain for Fox News host and debate moderator Megyn Kelly as it asks "Presidential?, Commander in Chief?","Leader of the Free World?"

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Additional reporting by Caitlin MacNeal

Donald Trump wants to create a national registry to track American Muslims. Sen. Marco Rubio is prepared to close “any place where radicals are being inspired," including mosques. Ted Cruz has sponsored a bill in the Senate barring some Muslim refugees – a majority from Syria – and a Democratic mayor in Roanoke used the internment of Japanese Americans in the 1940s as justification to stop the flow of Syrian refugees to his community.

A terrorist attack 3,828 miles away from Washington has sparked a raw and visceral political reaction across the country to Islam and refugees that hasn't been front and center since 9/11. In the years since, other major attacks have rocked Western countries -- the Madrid commuter rail system (191 dead in 2004), the London Underground (56 dead in 2005), the Boston Marathon (6 dead in 2013) -- but have not spawned the kind of reflexively anti-Muslim and anti-refugee outcry in America that the Paris attacks have.

Why this dramatic of a reaction and why now?

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Tis the night before his election and all David Vitter wants to do is go to a conference with a bunch of dudes.

According to a report from The Advocate, Vitter will spend the final hours before his election at the “Real Men” conference -- no women allowed.

A November University of New Orleans poll showed Vitter is down more than 20 points in the race against state Democratic Rep. John Bell Edwards.

One of the anticipated speakers will be former megachurch pastor Dino Rizzo who left the church he founded –Healing Place Church– in 2012 after he "got involved in the early stages of a brief but inappropriate friendship with another woman."

In the frequently asked question section for the event at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, Louisiana, men are advised to leave their daughters at home "due to the topics of discussion and our desire to create a safe place for men."

You can, however, bring your son and clearly your last ditch campaign efforts, too.

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