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Randolph Gross, left, and Scott Hustvedt [cq], right, with the Architect of the U.S. Capitol, inspect stairs on the Capitol grounds as morning snow falls, closing the Federal Government and area schools, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 10, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A pedestrian walks past the U.S. Capitol Building as morning snow falls, closing the Federal Government and area schools, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 10, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A U.S. Capitol Police officer carries a bag of salt up the steps of the House of Representatives as morning snow falls, closing the Federal Government and area schools, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 10, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Over objections of students and alumni, former President George W. Bush received the Global Service Award from the University of Denver's Korbel School of International Studies for his work in combating HIV, cervical cancer and malaria in Africa. (Associated Press)

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A woman looks out at Union Station from a tourism bus as morning snow falls, closing the Federal Government and area schools, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 10, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Riders make their way past Union Station on a tourism bus as morning snow falls, closing the Federal Government and area schools, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 10, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Randolph Gross and Scott Hustvedt [cq] with the Architect of the U.S. Capitol, right, inspect stairs on the Capitol grounds as morning snow falls, closing the Federal Government and area schools, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 10, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A few commuters make their way onto Capitol Hill as morning snow falls, closing the Federal Government and area schools, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 10, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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This image made on a government-organized media tour for local journalists shows a Syrian national flag hanging on a chain barrier as people return to the western town of Nabek, which Syrian troops took full control of a day earlier after taking the nearby highway that links the capital, Damascus, Syria, with the central city of Homs, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. State media said that the capture of the town comes as the government forges ahead with a punishing offensive in a mountainous region near the border with Lebanon. (AP Photo)

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President Barack Obama laughs with Danish prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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Pedestrians walk past a mural depicting Marvin Gaye in Shaw as morning snow falls, closing the Federal Government and area schools, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 10, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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President Barack Obama jokes with Danish prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, left, as first lady Michelle Obama looks on at right during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)