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The annual tradition takes place this year amid fiscal-cliff talks, where Republicans and Democrats are facing off over allowing rates to rise on the "top 2 percent" of earners. No politics were scheduled for the holiday event, although Connolly's tweet mirrors Obama's recent rhetoric while urging Congress to act by passing the extension of current tax rates for everyone else. 


"Every family, everybody here, you'll see your taxes go up on Jan. 1. I'm assuming that doesn't sound too good to you. That's sort of like the lump of coal you get for Christmas," Obama said last week in Pennsylvania. “That's a Scrooge Christmas.” 

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A 300-pound gingerbread model of the White House has become an Obama tradition, and was a conversation-starter with members of Congress at last year's party as well.