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CBS News Alters Democratic Debate Plans to Focus More on Paris Terrorist Attacks

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CBS News is moving forward with plans for a Democratic debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, switching questions to put greater emphasis on issues like national security and foreign policy in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

“Last night’s attacks are a tragic example of the kind of challenges American presidents face in today’s world and we intend to ask the candidates how they would confront the evolving threat of terrorism,” said Christopher Isham, CBS News vice president and Washington bureau chief.

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley will participate in the second Democratic debate of the cycle, with “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson moderating. The Des Moines Register and KCCI-TV in Des Moines are co-sponsors. The debate starts at 9 p.m. EST.

CBS News also will air a special “48 Hours” on the Paris attacks at 8 p.m. EST, anchored by Norah O’Donnell in New York with “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley in Paris.

“Face the Nation” also will air Sunday from Washington, a change from plans to broadcast from Des Moines, according to CBS News.