President to make rare Oval Office address tonight

Barack Obama
President Barack Obama makes a statement on Wednesday's mass shooting in San Bernandino, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has scheduled a rare Oval Office address to the nation this evening to talk about last week’s shooting rampage in California and the country’s efforts to combat terrorism.

Administration officials say Obama will urge Americans not to give into fear, without announcing any major changes in policy toward the Islamic State group.

Obama has made televised statements from the Oval Office just twice, the last in 2010.

His speech comes amid criticism that he has underestimated the threat from an extremist group that claimed responsibility for last month’s deadly attacks in Paris.

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