2012: The Year in Washington, D.C. (83 images)

UPI's top photos from the nation's capital including the return of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the Affordable Healthcare Act battle.
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U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona in the House Chamber shortly before he made his State of the Union address to a joint session of congress and the American people in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on January 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. Giffords resigned her seat in congress to concentrate on recovering from her injuries from an assassination attempt last year. UPI/Pat Benic..
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