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Biden, Hillary increasingly walking away from Obama

- The Washington Times

Whether out of frustration or political necessity, some of President Obama’s closest lieutenants from his first term are distancing themselves from Mr. Obama as 2016 approaches. The latest is none other than Vice President Joseph R. Biden, who usually boasts about the lack of daylight between the president and himself.

Former Rep. Robert E. Andrews of New Jersey pressed the VA to overturn the moratorium on using FedBid for reverse auctions. Emails show Mr. Andrews received over $11,000 from FedBid in campaign contributions. (Associated Press)

Congress defended disgraced contractor FedBid

- The Washington Times

FedBid, the politically connected contractor ousted by the VA, has benefited from a cadre of congressional allies who stepped in to defend the company and pressure the department to keep using its services, even as a top procurement officer was warning against it.

Powerful Republicans, such as incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, have argued that the USA Freedom Act to limit data collection would curtail U.S. counterterrorism operations. (Associated Press)

Obama facing uphill battle in curbing NSA snooping

- The Washington Times

With the lame-duck Congress failing to advance bipartisan surveillance-reform legislation, President Obama faces an uphill climb next year with his plans to end the National Security Agency’s mass collection of phone records.

Obama’s latest regulatory power grab aims at ozone

- The Washington Times

President Obama on Wednesday checked off yet another major item on environmentalists’ wish list by targeting smog, further solidifying his legacy on green issues but also angering big business and giving Republicans fresh ammunition heading into the final 24 months of this administration.

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Russian doctor rebellion causes headache for Putin

- Associated Press

Dr. Semyon Galperin spent a decade in medical research in Russia and as much time in the United States, working at top hospitals and research companies. Despite his expertise, Galperin was recently given a stark ultimatum from the Moscow hospital where he works: Leave or stay on as a lowly hospital attendant.

Immigrants' chances tied to their state's polices

- Associated Press

If Christian Avila lived a few hundred miles to the west, he would have a driver's license, qualify for in-state college tuition and a host of other opportunities available to young people granted legal status by President Barack Obama two years ago.

Youtchike Dormeus, 18, a repatriated Haitian, holds her one-year-old daughter Chemael Jean, as she is interviewed after landing at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. The Bahamas aims to become less hospitable to its swelling population of migrants lacking legal status with new immigration rules took effect Nov. 1. "In the Bahamas, they treat Haitians like dogs," Youchike Dormeus, an 18-year-old deportee, said as she got off the plane in Port-au-Prince. The country, which denies treating anyone inhumanely, has deported 3,000 people this year. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Bahamas fends off critics over new migrant rules

- Associated Press

On the first day new immigration rules took effect this month in the Bahamas, officers in green fatigues swept through poor sections of the capital filling two yellow school buses with dozens of people who couldn't document their right to be in the island chain.

Doctor impersonator sentenced for sex assaults

Associated Press

A 58-year-old man convicted of posing as an immigration doctor to sexually assault Vietnamese women in Colorado has been sentenced to 23 years to life in prison.

President Barack Obama smiles while speaking at the Copernicus Community Center in Chicago to discuss immigration reform, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Obama visited his hometown to promote his executive action on immigration. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama's action fuels worry about immigration scams

- Associated Press

Advocacy groups barely waited for President Barack Obama to finish speaking about sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system to start warning about scams.

Sen. Joe Benning, left, R-Caledonia, listens during a legislative gathering at the Statehouse on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 in Montpelier, Vt. Growing numbers of pre-trial detainees in Vermont prisons and paying sheriffs to monitor mentally ill patients in hospital emergency rooms are among the many budget pressures facing Vermont state government. The administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin briefed lawmakers on the budget challenges they're expected to face when they return in January.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Vermont clergy seek moral economy, higher wages

- Associated Press

The Rev. Debbie Ingram says the state's progressive religious activists have been quiet for too long, focusing their energies on running soup kitchens and food pantries for those in need - a reaction to the conditions the poor see every day.

Stenehjem says sheriff's office did not break law

Associated Press

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the Morton County sheriff's office did not violate open records law concerning a request for information about a deputy's whereabouts.

President Barack Obama addresses the crowd on issues surrounding the protests in Ferguson, Mo., after meeting with community leaders about the executive actions he is taking to fix the immigration system Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

White House veto threat shelves possible tax plan

- Associated Press

A White House veto threat appears to have put on ice a congressional effort to permanently renew a handful of tax breaks for businesses and individuals. Officials say that the plan, brewing behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, favored corporations over the working class.

Nevada rules for immigrant benefits are gray area

- Associated Press

Immigrants covered by President Barack Obama's recent executive order will not qualify for certain federal benefits, including welfare and food stamps, according to the White House.

FILE - This May, 29, 2014, file photo shows Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., at an event calling for reforms in the scandal plagued Veterans Administration, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Grimm won re-election this month, but he still faces a criminal investigation into possible campaign finance violations, as well as a 20-count indictment on tax fraud and other charges. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Ethics panel again defers to Justice on Rep. Grimm

- Associated Press

Rep. Michael Grimm of New York won re-election this month, but he still faces a criminal investigation into possible campaign finance violations, as well as a 20-count indictment on tax fraud and other charges.