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5 Things to know about Tuesday's state dinner

02/11/2014 1:26am
President Barack Obama welcomes French President Francois Hollande to the White House on Tuesday for an awkwardly timed state dinner, coming on the heels of Hollande's recent and very public split from Valerie Trierweiler, his longtime partner and de facto first lady. Here are five things to know about the dinner:

Another delay in health law's employer requirement

02/11/2014 9:31am
Angling to avoid political peril, the Obama administration Monday granted employers another delay in a heavily criticized requirement that medium-to-larger firms cover their workers or face fines.

Obama to go to France for D-Day anniversary

02/11/2014 10:26am
President Barack Obama says he will travel to France in June to observe the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Obama: Syria peace talks far from achieving goal

02/11/2014 10:46am
President Barack Obama says peace talks to end Syria's civil war are far from achieving their goal of halting violence and facilitating a political transition.

Obama: Sanction violators face US 'ton of bricks'

02/11/2014 10:56am
President Barack Obama says companies that explore business possibilities in Iran do so at their own risk. He says if they violate sanctions against Tehran, the U.S. will come down on them "like a ton of bricks."

Hollande: Investors visiting Iran made own choices

02/11/2014 11:00am
French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') is pushing back against criticism about French businessmen who visited Iran last week.

Obama avoids choosing between France, England

02/11/2014 11:05am
President Barack Obama says France and England are outstanding European partners and, just like his two daughters, he says he'd never choose between the countries either.

Obama: No country where we have no-spy agreement

02/11/2014 11:10am
President Barack Obama says there is no country with which the United States has "a no-spy agreement." But he says the United States endeavors to protect privacy rights as it collects foreign intelligence.

Obama doesn't want health care law to punish

02/11/2014 11:13am
President Barack Obama says he's giving mid-size businesses more time to comply with his health care law because the goal is not to punish anyone.

Obama, Hollande tackle tenuous diplomatic efforts

02/11/2014 6:16pm
Juggling a pair of tenuous diplomatic efforts, President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to come down like "a ton of bricks" on businesses that violate Iranian sanctions while nuclear negotiations are underway. He also conceded "enormous frustration" with stalled Syrian peace talks and offered little hope of ending the conflict soon.

Stag French leader gets warm state dinner embrace

02/11/2014 9:49pm
Michelle and Barack Obama found just the right spot to seat a gent going stag to Tuesday's state dinner: They plopped French President Francois Hollande down right between them in a giant party tent, and put the pshaw to all that drama about his solo trip to the U.S. after a very public breakup from his first lady.