Capitol Hill 2012 - jef1000

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Ornament from Columbine Colorado, the scene of a high school gun massacre in 1999, hangs from the Capitol Christmas Tree. Nearby, a flag flies at half-staff over the west front of the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington D.C. at 8 PM on Friday, December 14, 2012. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) ordered Capitol flags lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims of the tragic shooting at a Newtown Connecticut elementary school earlier that same day. President Barack Obama ordered flags be flown at half-staff through Tuesday, December 18. The Capitol Tree came from a National Forest in Colorado. (Photo by Jeff Malet)

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