UPI's top photos from the nation's capital including the return of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the Affordable Healthcare Act battle.
US Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) arrives as members of Congress applaud before US President Barack Obama's State of the Union address in front of a joint session of Congress on January 24, 2012 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. UPI/Saul Loeb/Pool
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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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President Barack Obama jokingly mimics U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney's "not impressed" look while greeting members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team in the Oval Office of the White House on November 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Maroney look became famous when she did it on the podium accepting the silver medal in the Woman's Vault, an event she was heavily favored to win. UPI/Pete Sousa/White House
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PBS supporter Laura Gentry holds a puppet as she take part in the Million Puppet March in Washington, DC on November 3, 2012. The bipartisan march was organized to show support for Public Broadcasting following Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney's pledge to cut funding to PBS. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), flies over the Washington skyline as seen from a NASA T-38 aircraft, April 17, 2012. Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASAƕs shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles. NASA will transfer Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum to begin its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and inspire future generations of explorers. UPI/NASA/Robert Markowitz
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A PETA model hands out vegan hot dogs in front of the House Rayburn Office Building on July 11, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The action marks National Veggie Dog Day, PETA's annual answer to the meat industry's National Hot Dog Month. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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Actor George Clooney (C) joins civil rights activist Dick Gregory (L), Clooney's father Nick Clooney (2nd,R), Rep. Al Green (D-TX), (R) and Rep. Jim Moran (C, behind Clooney) as they take part in a protest rally by a number of organizations in front of the Sudanese Embassy, March 16, 2012, in Washington, DC. Clooney and the demonstrators are calling for more international pressure on the Khartoum government to stop military action against civilians in the new state of South Sudan. UPI/Mike Theiler
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