Santa Claus speaks in front of the U.S. capitol

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'The real war on Christmas'

An unidentified man dressed as Santa Claus speaks about the 'fiscal cliff' on Dec. 12 outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Representing the group Catholics United, the man in red urged House Speaker John Boehner to set a Dec. 25 deadline for the passage of legislation that would prevent a slew of deep spending cuts and steep tax hikes.

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Santa Claus is scanned by metal detector

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Even the jolliest, beloved of public figures must go through security

Capitol Hill police scan a man dressed as Santa Claus with a metal detector on Dec. 12 as he enters the U.S. Capitol to meet with Boehner in his office in Washington, D.C.

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