Picture courtesy; U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) (front R) walks to the House Chamber to vote on Obamacare repeal, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 13, 2017. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)
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Calinda Lee, Atlanta History Center
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