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The official White House Christmas tree, from the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Pennsylvania, sits next to the North Portico of the White House in Washington...The official White House Christmas tree, from the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Pennsylvania, sits next to the North Portico of the White House in Washington, November 28, 2014.

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The official White House Christmas tree, from the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Pennsylvania, sits next to the North Portico of the White House in Washington on Friday

Tyler Lewis practices Parkour as the sun sets over the downtown area of Seattle, Washington.  Parkour which originated from France in the 1980's was developed as a military obstacle course training and is becoming a recognized sport with competitions and events around the world.

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Tyler Lewis practises Parkour in downtown Seattle, Washington. Parkour originated in France in the 1980s as military obstacle course training and has now become a recognised sport

Scaffolding surrounds the U.S. Capitol Building while it undergoes repairs in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Republicans roared back in the midterm elections on Tuesday, capturing control of the Senate from Democrats, winning crucial governor races and solidifying their majority in the U.S. House.

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Scaffolding surrounds the U.S. Capitol Building while it undergoes repairs in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday. Republicans roared back in the midterm elections on Tuesday night, capturing control of the Senate from the Democrats

U.S. President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton walk past the Rose Garden to host an event marking the 20th anniversary of the national service program AmeriCorps at the White House in Washington September 12, 2014. In 1993, Clinton signed the bill that created AmeriCorps.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton walk past the Rose Garden to host an event marking the 20th anniversary of the national service program AmeriCorps at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and others, stand on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, as they observe a moment of silence to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and others, stand on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Thursday, as they observe a moment of silence to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

Fed Chair Janet Yellen Gives Semiannual Monetary Policy Report To Senate Committee...WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15:  Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen arrives for testimony before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee July 15, 2014 in Washington, DC. Yellin delivered her "Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress."  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen arrives for testimony before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in Washington, DC. Ms Yellin delivered her semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress. 

A protester dressed as a copy of the Bible joins groups demonstrating outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington June 30, 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that business owners can object on religious grounds to a provision of U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare law that requires closely held companies to provide health insurance that covers birth control.

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A protester dressed as a copy of the Bible joins groups demonstrating outside the US Supreme Court in Washington. The court on Monday ruled that business owners could object on religious grounds to a provision of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law that requires closely held companies to provide health insurance that covers birth control

William Temple, from the Golden Isle Tea Party in Brunswick sits in the audience at the 5th annual Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" Policy Conference in Washington...William Temple, from the Golden Isle Tea Party in Brunswick, GA, sits in the audience at the beginning of the second day at the 5th annual Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" Policy Conference in Washington June 20, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

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William Temple, from the Golden Isle Tea Party in Brunswick, GA, sits in the audience at the beginning of the second day at the 5th annual Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” Policy Conference in Washington 

Obama Welcomes World Series Champions Boston Red Sox To The White House...WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 01:  Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (L) poses for a "selfie" with U.S. President Barack Obama during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House to honor the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox April 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2013 World Series. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz poses for a selfie with US President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House to honour the 2013 World Series Champions 

Homeless people bundle up at the McPherson Square Metrorail stop near the White House after the region was pounded with snow overnight around Washington...Homeless people bundle up at the McPherson Square Metrorail stop near the White House after the region was pounded with snow overnight around Washington, February 13, 2014.    REUTERS/Larry Downing

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Homeless people bundle up at the McPherson Square Metro station near the White House in Washington to escape the snow

US President Barack Obama attends the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, on February 6, 2014.

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US President Barack Obama endorses the National Day of Prayer by attending the celebratory breakfast in Washington, DC, on Thursday

Bao Bao...Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda, makes her public debut at an indoor habitat at the National Zoo in Washington, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Bao Bao, who now weighs 16.9 pounds (7.65 kilograms), was born to the zoo's female giant panda Mei Xiang and male giant panda Tian Tian.

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Bao Bao, the four-month-old giant panda, makes her public debut at an indoor habitat at the National Zoo in Washington DC, US. She weighs 7.65kg and was born to the zoo’s female giant panda Mei Xiang and male Tian Tian. 

National Park Service workers spread salt on icy steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington...National Park Service workers spread salt on the icy steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington January 3, 2014. A heavy snowstorm and dangerously cold conditions gripped the northeastern United States on Friday, delaying flights, paralyzing road travel and closing schools and government offices across the region.  REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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National Park Service workers spread salt on the icy steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. A heavy snowstorm and dangerously cold conditions gripped the northeastern United States on Friday. 

President Barack Obama awards former President Bill Clinton with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, during a cermeony in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

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President Barack Obama awards former president Bill Clinton with the presidential medal of freedom on Wednesday, during a ceremony at the White House, Washington.

A vehicle sits on a pile of debris from the destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois, November 17, 2013. A fast-moving storm system triggered multiple tornadoes on Sunday, killing at least five people, injuring about 40 and flattening large parts of the city of Washington, Illinois as it tore across the Midwest, officials said.

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A vehicle sits on a pile of debris, the result of one of a series of tornados that tore across the American Midwest on Sunday, killing at least five people, injuring about 40 and flattening large parts of the city of Washington, Illinois

US Congress holds a ceremony to dedicate a bust of the late Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill...epa03930153 The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps march during a ceremony held by the US Congress to dedicate a bust of the late Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill, in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, USA, 30 October 2013. Churchill became an honorary US citizen in 1963.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

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The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps march during a ceremony held by US Congress to dedicate a bust of the late UK prime minister Winston Churchill, in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. Churchill became an honorary US citizen in 1963. 

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the difficulties plaguing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Obama Administration claims the botched rollout was the result of contractors failing to live up to expectations   not bad management at HHS. As the public face of President Barack Obama's signature health care program, Sec. Sebelius has become the target for attacks over its botched rollout with Republicans, and even some Democrats, calling for her to resign.

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US health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the public face of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare programme, testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington. The Obama administration claims the botched rollout of the Act was the result of contractors failing to live up to expectations, not bad management at HHS.

Congress Vote Ends Impasse to Be Revisited in January...National Park Service park ranger Richard Trott walks through the Korean War Veterans Memorial with a closed sign he removed in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. After the partisan passions and heated rhetoric, the disruptions of a government shutdown and displays of dysfunction, Congress did what it could have done weeks ago: voted to fund the government and lift the debt limit. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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A National Park Service ranger removes a closed sign from the Korean war veterans memorial in Washington on Wednesday. After the partisan passions and heated rhetoric, the disruptions of a US government shutdown and displays of dysfunction, Congress finally voted to fund the government and lift the debt limit.

Teri McLain wears a U.S. President Barack Obama figure during a rally to urge Congress to end the government shutdown at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. The U.S. government shutdown is entering its tenth day as the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives remain gridlocked on funding the federal government.

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A protester wears a US President Barack Obama figure during a rally to urge Congress to end the government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington. The government shutdown is entering its 10th day as the Senate and House of Representatives remain gridlocked on funding the federal government.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony from Secretary Lew on the nations debt limit.

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Treasury secretary Jack Lew testifies at the Senate finance committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, on Thursday. The committee is hearing testimony on the nation’s debt limit.