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The Huge Week in U.S. Politics in 20 Photos

The week of June 22 was an unusually momentous one in U.S. politics, ranging from major Supreme Court decisions on the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage to repercussions from the murder of nine African-Americans in a South Carolina church. Many say the week will come to be a defining chapter in Barack Obama's presidency. Here are scenes from Washington to Charleston and beyond.

  1. Haley calls for Confederate flag removal
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    Haley calls for Confederate flag removal

    South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, surrounded by lawmakers and activists, including senators and fellow Republicans Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham, tells journalists she supports the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol grounds on June 22 in Columbia.

  2. Statehouse honors
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    Statehouse honors

    As lawmakers, family, and friends follow, South Carolina Highway Patrol Honor Guard members carry the coffin of pastor and state Senator Clementa Pinckney to lie in repose at the statehouse rotunda on June 24 in Columbia. Pinckney was one of nine people killed during a Bible study inside Emanuel AME church in Charleston on June 17.

  3. Supreme Court hands down Obamacare decision
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    Supreme Court hands down Obamacare decision

    An intern runs the Obamacare opinion to colleagues outside the court in Washington after the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to save the law's tax subsidies on June 25.

  4. 'Still covered'
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    'Still covered'

    Demonstrator Ryan Thomas, a supporter of President Barack Obama's health care law, holds an “ACA Is Here to Stay” sign after the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Washington on June 25.

  5. Mission accomplished
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    Mission accomplished

    President Barack Obama leaves with Vice President Joe Biden after giving a statement on the Supreme Court health care decision in the Rose Garden at the White House on June 25.

  6. Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage
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    Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage

    People celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington on June 26 after the court ruled 5-4 to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

  7. Obergefell speaks
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    Obergefell speaks

    An emotional lead plaintiff Jim Obergefell holds a photo of his late husband, John Arthur, outside the Supreme Court in Washington on June 26. President Barack Obama called Obergefell while the plaintiff was on CNN and told him, “I couldn’t be prouder of you and your husband. God bless you.”

  8. 'Real change is possible'
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    'Real change is possible'

    President Barack Obama pauses while speaking during a news conference at the White House after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on June 26.  “Today should also give us hope that on the many issues with which we grapple, often painfully, real change is possible,” he said.

  9. In the wings
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    In the wings

    Staffers look on as President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 26.

  10. A wedding in Texas
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    A wedding in Texas

    Justin Ables, right, and William Hensel joke with judge Gisela D. Triana at the Travis County Courthouse after signing a marriage certificate on June 26 in Austin, Texas.

  11. I do
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    I do

    From left to right, Cindy Jackson and her partner, Denise Niewinski, celebrate alongside Thomas Kirdahy and his partner, Terrence McNally, before Mayor Bill de Blasio performs marriage and vow-renewal ceremonies for each couple in front of New York City Hall on June 26.

  12. In lights
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    In lights

    Crowds of people take photos of the White House lit up in rainbow colors in Washington on June 26 to mark the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage. 

  13. A funeral in Charleston
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    A funeral in Charleston

    Jennifer Benjamin Pinckney, top right, wife of Charleston church shooting victim Reverend Clementa Pinckney, sits with her daughters, Eliana, right, and Malana, left in pink sweater, alongside President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden during services honoring the reverend and state senator's life on June 26 at the College of Charleston TD Arena in Charleston, South Carolina.

  14. 'Amazing Grace'
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    'Amazing Grace'

    President Barack Obama sings “Amazing Grace” while delivering the eulogy for Pinckney.

  15. In mourning
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    In mourning

    Mourners sing gospel hymns during Pinckney's funeral service.

  16. Biden embraces Obama
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    Biden embraces Obama

    Vice President Joe Biden hugs President Barack Obama after Obama delivered Pinckney's eulogy.

  17. Obama comforts Pinckney's wife
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    Obama comforts Pinckney's wife

    President Barack Obama kisses Reverend Clementa Pinckney’s wife, Jennifer Benjamin Pinckney, after delivering her husband's eulogy.

  18. Civil disobedience
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    Civil disobedience

    Bree Newsome of Charlotte, North Carolina, removes the Confederate battle flag at a monument at the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, on June 27 ahead of a pro-flag rally. She was taken into custody and the flag was raised again by capitol workers about 45 minutes later. The decision about whether to permanently remove the flag is before state lawmakers.

  19. Confederate flag supporters rally
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    Confederate flag supporters rally

    Pro-Confederate battle flag demonstrators shout outside the South Carolina statehouse in Columbia on June 27.

  20. 'Honk the flag down'
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    'Honk the flag down'

    Pro- and anti-Confederate battle flag demonstrators stand on the South Carolina statehouse steps in Columbia on June 27.