President Obama speaks to current and retired members of the U.S. military and their families as they eat a Christmas Day meal in the Anderson Hall mess hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Wednesday.
Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Bill Nelson of Florida talk to reporters about their effort to renew the ban on plastic firearms, at the Capitol on Monday.
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Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley speaks during an Oct. 27 fundraiser for his Senate campaign at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Braley was one of 39 Democrats who voted Friday for legislation to allow insurance companies to continue offering policies that would otherwise be canceled because they don't meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act.
Still Right Twice A Day: Visitors look at the Ohio Clock outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill Sunday. The clock that has stood watch over the Senate for 196 years stopped running shortly after noon Wednesday. Employees who wind the clock weekly were furloughed in the federal shutdown.
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