>> Dec 23, 2010
It's been a flurry of last minute legislative wheeling and dealing in the lame duck Congress. Below are photos from Obama's tax deal, the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the DREAM Act, New Start Treaty, and the NY Senators on the 9/11 first responders bill. Also, the president squeezed in time to read to school children and wish them a Merry Christmas.
President Obama and former President Clinton make a surprise appearance in the briefing room of the White House to talk about the compromise on the tax bill, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. (Drew Angerer/ The New York Times)
Republican Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell and Jon Kyl speak with reporters at the Capitol, after brokering a deal with the White House to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. (Drew Angerer/ The New York Times)
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand prepares for a TV hit to urge support for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compsenation Act, in the Russell Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. (Drew Angerer/ The New York Times)
Supporters of the Dream Act console each other after they watched the Senate fail to advance the bill, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. The bill would have paved the way for citizenship for children who were born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants. (Drew Angerer/ The New York Times)
Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, make their way to a press conference after the Senate advanced the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. (Drew Angerer/ The New York Times)
The repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.
Republican Senators Jeff Sessions, John Barrasso, John Thune, Jon Kyl, and Orin Hatch prior to a news conference to voice their dissatisfaction with the New Start Treaty, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. (Drew Angerer/ The New York Times)
Obama visits a local elementary school to read to children and wish them a Merry Christmas.
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**All photos copyright Drew Angerer and The New York Times**