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GOING IT ALONE: Vice President Joseph R. Biden, said to be considering a White House run, has started to distance himself from President Obama. (Associated Press)

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stay of execution: President Obama offers "Cheese" the turkey the traditional Thanksgiving "presidential pardon" at the White House Wednesday. Story, A2. (Associated Press)

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Recent polls show that a majority of Democrats are ready for a Hillary Rodham Clinton 2016 presidential bid, but is Mrs. Clinton ready for the White House? (Associated Press)

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For President Obama, the new smog rules — dubbed "the most expensive regulation" in American history by manufacturing leaders — allow him to once again bask in the praise of the environmental community, which views this White House as perhaps the most consequential in U.S. history when it comes to its issues. (Associated Press)

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Protestors carry signs and gather in front of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, after the Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama speaks to the media in the briefing room of the White House, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Washington, after the Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Attorney General Eric Holder takes his seat as he attends the ceremonies for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, listens as President Barack Obama, right, talks about Hagel's resignation in the State Dining Room of the White House on Monday. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama, left, shakes hands with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, after announcing Hagel's resignation during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Hagel is stepping down under pressure from Obama's Cabinet, senior administration officials said Monday, following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular foreign policy team. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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President Obama arrives to speak during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)

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In a prime-time address from the White House, President Obama said his action on immigration is "lawful," and he dared Republican critics in Congress to counter him by passing a comprehensive legislation, which he said would be a permanent fix. (Associated Press)

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Ronald Reagan, right, greets Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., in the Rose Garden at the White House during a ceremony to start National Partiotism Week in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1981. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)

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President Ronald Reagan, right, greets Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., in the Rose Garden at the White House during a ceremony to start National Partiotism Week in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1981. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)

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Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, wants an independent review to follow up on Homeland Security's investigation into the lapses that allowed White House fence jumper Omar Gonzalez to enter the White House (Associated Press).

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, considered to be a presidential contender, has said he will take the remainder of 2014 to decide on whether or not to run for the White House in 2016 and will announce his decision early next year. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Rihanna spent Monday posing for photos around the White House and channeling her inner Kerry Washington from the hit ABC series "Scandal." (Instagram/@badgalriri)

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Singer Rihanna played out her 'Scandal' fantasy during a visit to the White House with a series of Instagram pictures.

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Singer Rihanna played out her 'Scandal' fantasy during a visit to the White House with a series of Instagram pictures.

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President Barack Obama talks with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on the Colonnade of the White House, Nov. 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.