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Hollande Meets With Obama: 4 Things to Watch

Obama and Hollande met on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in June in Germany. (Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

French President Francois Hollande will find a reluctant partner in President Barack Obama when the two leaders meet Tuesday at the White House.  

Lawmakers and experts expect Hollande will ask Obama, commander in chief of the massive U.S. security apparatus, to take new action against the Islamic State extremist group after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris. But Obama has pledged to provide "whatever resources" France needs and defensively signaled he is not inclined to alter his strategy against the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL Hollande is due to huddle with Obama Tuesday to discuss how to respond to the Paris attacks. The French leader will not stay overnight, instead flying to Moscow for a similar meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  

Obama Says Syria Critics Offering 'Half-Baked' 'Mumbo-Jumbo'

"Half-baked" and "mumbo jumbo" aren't your usual presidential words used to discuss foreign policy, but a clearly frustrated President Barack Obama lashed out Friday at critics who have sharply criticized his restrained approach to the war in Syria.  

"When I hear people offering up half-baked  ideas, as if they are solutions, or trying to downplay the challenges involved in the situation, what I'd like to see people ask is, specifically, precisely, what exactly would you do and how would you fund it and how would you sustain it? And typically, what you get is a bunch of mumbo jumbo." Asked if Hillary Rodham Clinton's endorsement of a no-fly zone in Syria suggested she also was endorsing a half-baked plan of mumbo-jumbo, Obama pivoted.  

Frustrated Obama Fights Courts, Congress, ISIS, Putin (Updated) (Video)

Cassie Boyle, 8, and her sister Helena Roberts, 11, hold a picture of their father and grandmother, Hannah Brown, at a rally outside of the Supreme Court during March arguments in the King v. Burwell case. Brown died 1999 at age 58, and the family attributes her death to her lack of sufficient health insurance. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:25 p.m. | The "fourth quarter" of President Barack Obama's presidency isn't exactly going according to plan.  

All of the president's frustrations appeared on full display Monday at the conclusion of the G-7 summit in Germany — with Obama taking on the courts, Congress, the Islamic State terror group and Vladimir Putin. The courts have, of course, put a kibosh on his temporary executive amnesty — and potentially worse for his legacy — could wreck a key piece of Obamacare.  

Obama Riffs on Netanyahu, Iran, NSA, Ukraine (Updated)

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Updated 2:04 p.m. | President Barack Obama zinged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly at a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday.  

The press corps chuckled when Obama suggested Merkel wouldn’t have been a part of trying to get a meeting two weeks before her election, a nod to the timing of Netanyahu's speech to Congress later this year.  

Russian Stock Market Up Despite Jay Carney 'Short' Talk

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It's been more than five months since CQ Roll Call asked Jay Carney about the stock market in Russia — and he talked about shorting it. You'd have lost a bundle if you followed that advice.  

"I wouldn’t, if I were you, invest in Russian equities right now — unless you’re going short," Carney responded to the question posed at his March 18 daily press briefing.  

Obama to Meet With National Security Council