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Image Conscious: The Best Political Photos of 2015

As we round the bend into the primary season, a look back at a year of leadership—and the pursuit thereof—through a camera lens.

  1. Congress Kisses
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    Congress Kisses

    U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, right, kisses U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, after she passed him the gavel during the first session of the 114th Congress in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6.

  2. Powers That Be
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    Powers That Be

    U.S. President Barack Obama, left, speaks during a news conference with Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 9.

  3. Using the Force
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    Using the Force

    Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on Feb. 26.

  4. Signature Soles
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    Signature Soles

    Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, shakes hands with attendees after speaking during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on Feb. 26.

  5. High Stakes
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    High Stakes

    Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, right, shakes hands with House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, following a speech to a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on March 3.

  6. Friends in High Places
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    Friends in High Places

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks with former U.S. President Bill Clinton during an inaugural ceremony at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, on May 18.

  7. Rand Stands
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    Rand Stands

    Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa, on May 28.

  8. Rack 'Em Up
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    Rack 'Em Up

    Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina who dropped out of the U.S. presidential race on December 21, 2015, racks pool balls during a campaign stop at a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post in Waterloo, Iowa, on June 5.

  9. Perry Pose
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    Perry Pose

    Rick Perry, former governor of Texas and one-time 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, waves as he arrives to speak during the inaugural Roast and Ride in Boone, Iowa, on June 6. Perry dropped out of the race on Sept. 11.

  10. Pointed Message
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    Pointed Message

    Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, speaks during the inaugural Roast and Ride in Boone, Iowa, on June 6.

  11. Press Pass
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    Press Pass

    Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, center, speaks to the media during a campaign stop at the home of Representative Mark Smith, minority leader of the Iowa House of Representatives, not pictured, in Marshalltown, Iowa, on June 11.

  12. Yard Signs
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    Yard Signs

    Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign stop outside a residence in Washington, Iowa, on June 17.

  13. Begin Again
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    Begin Again

    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and his wife Supriya Jindal wave after announcing that he would seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in Kenner, Louisiana, on June 24.

  14. High Fives
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    High Fives

    Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, reaches out to greet a supporter at Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey, on June 30.

  15. Making Contact
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    Making Contact

    Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin and one-time 2016 Republican presidential candidate, left, embraces Gregory Kehl, who described himself as a homeless retired army veteran, during a campaign stop in Davenport, Iowa, on July 17. Walker dropped out of the race on September 21.

  16. Recovery
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    Recovery

    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid listens during a news conference after a Democratic Senate luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on July 28. Reid sustained injuries to his right eye following an accident while exercising.

  17. Mic Check
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    Mic Check

    Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, stands at a microphone as he prepares to speak to the media after arriving in his personal helicopter near the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 15.

  18. Carson Contingent
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    Carson Contingent

    Children pose for a photograph next to the campaign bus of Ben Carson, 2016 Republican presidential candidate, as it sits outside Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 16.

  19. Stump It Up
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    Stump It Up

    Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign stop in Marion, Iowa, on Aug. 16.

  20. Buttered Up
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    Buttered Up

    Carly Fiorina, former chairman and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard Co. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, speaks with children while looking at the butter cow in the Agriculture Building at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 17.

  21. A Little Rain
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    A Little Rain

    Senator Marco Rubio holds an umbrella while greeting attendees during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 18.

  22. Primary Rivals
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    Primary Rivals

    Businessman and Republican Candidate for President Donald Trump talks with fellow Republican Presidential Candidate, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) during a rally against President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran sponsored by the activist group Tea Party Patriots in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 9.

  23. Holy Moment
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    Holy Moment

    Pope Francis, on his six-day U.S. tour, enters the chamber of the House of Representatives before speaking to a joint meeting of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24.

  24. Diplomatic Gesture
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    Diplomatic Gesture

    Xi Jinping, China's president, left, shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama as they depart following a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 25.

  25. Seen and Heard
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    Seen and Heard

    Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, smiles during a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 22.

  26. Alright to Cry
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    Alright to Cry

    U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, holds a box of tissues after giving a farewell speech during a House Speaker election at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 29.

  27. Speaker Beard
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    Speaker Beard

    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan checks his watch as he arrives at his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 10.