What We're Following This Morning

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A visit to the Pentagon: President Obama and his national security team will get an update on the fight against the Islamic State. No significant policy changes are expected.

Investigation into a Russian plane crash: A preliminary inquiry into the passenger plane that crashed in Egypt in October has found no indication of an “illegal or terrorist act,” Egypt’s chief investigator said today. Russia and the West say the plane was downed by a bomb placed on board. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility. Update: More here

National Front pushed to third place: A week ago, the far-right party led in six of 13 regions after the first round of voting in French municipal election. On Sunday, it failed to win a single region. The Republicans, a center-right party, finished ahead of President Francois Hollande’s Socialists.