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The best political photos of 2013

Obamacare relaunch
A woman in Washington reads a message indicating that the HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace Internet site has too much traffic to continue enrollment after the White House’s deadline to have the site working for a majority of users. (Karen Bleier / AFP/Getty Images)
Congressional budget talks
Rep. Paul Ryan, (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) at a news conference discussing budget deal negotiations on Capitol Hill. (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg)
Reflected Obama supporters
President Obama leaves the room after speaking during the White House Youth Summit. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)
Obama heckler
President Obama turns around to respond to a man who was heckling him about anti-deportation policies. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
Filibuster ‘nuclear option’
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) arrives for a press conference after the Senate passed the “nuclear option” on filibusters. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)
Protests at Boehner’s office
Protesters sing in front of House Speaker John Boehner’s office during a march by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement in the Capitol building. (J.M. Eddins, Jr. / MCT)
Gov. Chris Christie
Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie celebrates his election victory in Asbury Park, N.J. (Mel Evans / Associated Press)
Sleepy 2013 elections
Kathryn Burkholder, 6, of Newport News, Va., can’t stay awake during a speech by Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli during a rally in Richmond, Va. (Steve Helber / Associated Press)
Victorious Bill de Blasio
Newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio waves to the crowd at his election night party in Brooklyn. (Andrew Burton / Getty Images)
Election Day in Va.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli poses with a cardboard cutout of Virginia House of Delegates candidate Buddy Fowler while greeting voters in Mechanicsville, Va. Cuccinelli lost. Fowler won. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)
Helping presidential hand
President Obama assists a woman who became dizzy during his remarks in the White House Rose Garden about the error-plagued launch of the Affordable Care Act’s online enrollment. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Affordable Care Act hearing
Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president of CGI Federal; Andrew Slavitt, group executive vice president for Optum/QSSI; Lynn Spellecy, corporate counsel for Equifax Workforce Solutions; and John Lau, program director for Serco, from left, are sworn in at a hearing on implementation of the Affordable Care Act before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
Empty political seat
President Obama sits with House Speaker John A. Boehner during memorial service for former House Speaker Tom S. Foley. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
Sen. Lindsey Graham
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) talks with reporters before attending the weekly Senate Republican Caucus policy luncheon at the Capitol. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
NSA protest
Protesters listen as National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander testifies before the House on potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)
Lizardo Buleje of San Antonio stands in front of the U.S. Capitol during a rally calling for immigration reform. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
Janet Napolitano
Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano prepares to testify on immigration before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Sybrina Fulton visits the Senate
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “stand your ground” laws. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)
Affordable Care Act rollout
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speak after President Obama delivered a speech about the troubled debut of the Affordable Care Act’s online enrollment. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Congressional fist pumps
Speaker of the House John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) pumps his fist after leaving a meeting of House Republicans. Congress voted Oct. 16 to end a 16-day government shutdown and allow the Treasury to continue borrowing to pay the nation’s bills. President Obama signed the budget deal shortly thereafter. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)
Steadfast Ted Cruz
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who railed against any government funding for federal healthcare, answers questions from members of the media after meeting with Republican senators.  (Andrew Burton / Getty Images)
Pursued by the press
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) leaves the Capitol with reporters in tow. (Andrew Burton / Getty Images)
Government shutdown: Day One
A police officer walks through the Rotunda of the Capitol while the building was closed to tours during the first day of the government shutdown. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)
World War II Memorial
A veteran on an Honor Flight tour visits the World War II Memorial during the government shutdown. (Shawn Thew / EPA)
Shutdown countdown
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), at a news conference, look at a display of the time left until a government shutdown. (Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images)
Waiting for Boehner
Reporters check their smartphones while waiting outside House Speaker John A. Boehner’s (R-Ohio) office at the Capitol before the government shutdown. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images)
Navy Yard shooting memorial service
President Obama comforts families of the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery / EPA)
Sen. Ted Cruz
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks during the “Exempt America From Obamacare” rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)
U.S. Capitol Building
The early morning sun rises behind the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images)
Bloody-handed protests
Protestors holding up their red-painted hands stand behind Secretary of State John Kerry as he testifies on Capitol Hill before a House Foreign Affairs committee hearing on U.S. military strikes on Syria. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
Obama and Putin’s awkward sit-down
President Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in June in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, during talks about intervention in the Syrian conflict. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
‘No War on Syria’
Anti-war demonstrators protest against U.S. intervention in Syria in front of the White House. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images)
Hands-on diplomacy
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, chains his hands with Vietnam’s Defense Minister Gen. Phung Quang Thanh, right, and Thailand’s Deputy Defense Minister Gen. Yuthasak Sasiprapha in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. (Vincent Thian / Associated Press)
Presidents past and present
President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton wave as they leave 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington. (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)
Bo and Sunny
Obama family dogs Bo, left, and new addition Sunny seen on the South Lawn of the White House. (Pete Souza / White House / AFP/Getty Images)
Remembrance of the march
Rev. Bobby Turner of Columbus, Ohio, places his hand on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. prior to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
President Obama on vacation
President Obama reacts to a missed putt on the first green at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., during the Obama family vacation at Martha’s Vineyard. (Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images)
Chelsea Manning
Army Pvt. Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., before a sentencing hearing in his court martial. After the hearing, Manning announced a desire to be called Chelsea from now on and to be considered a woman. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)
Celebrating a session’s end
Georgia Republican state legislators Mandi Ballinger, center, Terry Rogers, left, and Rick Jasperse, right, throw up paper from their desks at the conclusion of the legislative session in the House chamber in Atlanta. (David Goldman / Associated Press)
Obama reflects on Trayvon Martin
President Obama speaks in a surprise appearance during the daily press briefing at the White House about the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
Anthony Weiner
Former New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner during a candidate forum on small business in New York. (Richard Drew / Associated Press)
Mandela’s former cell
President Obama in June peers out from a prison on Robben Island, South Africa, which once housed former South African President Nelson Mandela for 18 years of his 27-year prison term. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
Gay marriages resume in Calif.
Kris Perry, left, kisses Sandy Stier as they are married at City Hall in San Francisco in June after a federal appeals court cleared the way for the state of California to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a 4-1/2-year freeze. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)
Supreme Court and Proposition 8
Demonstrators gather in front of the Supreme Court, as the justices hear arguments on a part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that prevents legally wed same-sex couples from receiving certain benefits by defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. (Olivier Douliery / MCT)
Gun control legislation fails
President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden listen to remarks from Mark Barden, whose child was among the students slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., after a Senate vote on background checks for firearm sales, in the Rose Garden of the White House. With them are other victims of gun violence. (Michael Reynolds / European Pressphoto Agency)
Feinstein’s fight for gun control
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is seen in an elevator on Capitol Hill after speaking on the Senate floor about gun legislation. (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)
Boston Marathon bombing
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on their way to Boston to mourn victims of the deadly Boston Marathon attacks. (Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images)
Boston bombing memorial service
President Obama pauses while speaking at “Healing Our City: An Interfaith Service.” The service, dedicated to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, was held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. (Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images)
A presidential row
From left, President Obama and former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter arrive for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. (David J. Phillip / Associated Press)
A Bush handshake
Former President George H.W. Bush shakes hands with his son, former President George W. Bush, during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. (David J. Phillip / Associated Press)
Obama’s rain check
President Obama looks to see if it is still raining as a Marine holds an umbrella for him during his joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House. (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)
Partisan divide
President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner during a ceremony to dedicate a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks on Capitol Hill. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
State of the Union address
President Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress as House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) looks on at the Capitol. (Charles Dharapak / Bloomberg)
Inaugural ball
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama take to the dance floor during the Commander-in-Chief Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
Presidential oath of office
President Obama takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in the company of First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha in the Blue Room of the White House.  (Larry Downing / Los Angeles Times)