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Royal dynasty facial deformity known as ‘Habsburg jaw’ was caused by inbreeding, scientists say

A facial deformity known as “Habsburg jaw,” famously noted in the Habsburg dynasty of Spanish and Austrian royals, can be attributed to inbreeding.

According to a new study published in the Annals of Human Biology that looked at facial deformities and investigated the possibility of a genetic basis for them, the unique chin is a result of generations of intermarriage.

“The Habsburg dynasty was one of the most influential in Europe, but became renowned for inbreeding, which was its eventual downfall. We show for the first time that there is a clear positive relationship between inbreeding and appearance of the Habsburg jaw,” said lead researcher Professor Roman Vilas from the University of Santiago de Compostela in a statement.

Researchers recruited 10 maxillofacial surgeons to diagnose facial deformity in 66 portraits of 15 members of the Habsburg dynasty. The surgeons were able to diagnose 11 features of mandibular prognathism, also known as “Habsburg jaw,” as well as seven of maxillary deficiency, most recognized by a prominent lower lip and overhanging nasal tip.

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King Charles II of Spain was among the Habsburg rules most seriously afflicted with the facial deformity. (Don Juan Carreño de Miranda) (Don Juan Carreño de Miranda)

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The Habsburgs continuously occupied the throne of the Holy Roman Empire from 1438 until the dynasty’s extinction in the male line in 1740. The last Habsburg king of Spain, Charles II, died in 1700. The dynasty’s Austrian line continued through the end of World War I, when Emporer Karl I renounced control over state affairs.

According to a press release, the study found a correlation between the two conditions, suggesting that “Habsburg jaw” is characterized by both and that they share a common genetic basis.

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Although the causes of the relationship between inbreeding and facial deformity are not clear, the scientists suggest it is because mating between relatives causes an increase in the chances that offspring will inherit identical forms of a gene from both parents. That reduces peoples’ genetic fitness.

“While our study is based on historical figures, inbreeding is still common in some geographical regions and among some religious and ethnic groups, so it’s important today to investigate the effects,” says Vilas. “The Habsburg dynasty serves as a kind of human laboratory for researchers to do so, because the range of inbreeding is so high.”

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Twitter Implodes Over Billie Eilish, Age 17, Not Knowing Who Van Halen Is

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In Monday’s edition of the bizarre realm of 2019, a conversation about Billie Eilish not knowing who Van Halen is, and whether people should care about that, dominated the discourse on Twitter.

During a recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the 17-year-old singer was grilled by the host on 1980s pop culture ― specifically, 1984, the year that Kimmel himself was 17. 

“Do you know who Madonna is?” Kimmel asked. Eilish did.

“Can you name a Van Halen?” he followed up, to which Eilish replied, “Who?”

Little did either of them know that more than a week later this would spark a Twitter controversy between boomers and Gen Xers and those who “OK” them ― and send “Van Halen” to the No. 1 trending topic on the platform.

It began with the folks who were legitimately bothered by the fact that a teenager had not heard of a band that was formed in 1972 and last released an album in 2012 (when Eilish was 10).

Next came the much bigger response from those who said a collective “OK boomer” ― a viral internet retort used by millennials and Generation Z to dismiss attitudes pushed by older people that are perceived as outdated and close-minded.

Wolf Van Halen, the band’s 28-year-old bassist and son of acclaimed lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen, joined the conversation to tell everyone to grow up.

Eilish can hardly be blamed for not knowing the famous band when its iconic frontman David Lee Roth has gone as far as to say the band was “finished” in more recent interviews, according to Rolling Stone. Roth, however, is launching a residency in Las Vegas in the new year.

Perhaps something good will come of all this and people will get a Billie Eilish-Van Halen collaboration. 

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GOP Intelligence Committee Chairman Refuses To Knock Down Ukraine Conspiracy Theory

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Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Monday refused to say whether he’s seen evidence that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election, declining to directly rebut a debunked conspiracy theory floated by some of his fellow GOP lawmakers and President Donald Trump.

Burr, the chairman of the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee, instead played a game of words with reporters on Capitol Hill who pressed him about an interview with Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), who suggested the Ukranian government worked “actively” to help elect Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton. Trump later thanked Kennedy “for the job he did in representing both the Republican Party and myself” on Twitter.

“Every elected official in the Ukraine was for Hillary Clinton,” Burr claimed Monday, according to NBC’s Frank Thorp. “Is that very different than the Russians being for Donald Trump?”

Asked if he had seen any evidence to back up the claim that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election, Burr answered by addressing a different question, saying he didn’t think “there’s any question that elected officials in Ukraine had a favorite in the election.”

Russia didn’t simply prefer Trump in 2016. The U.S. intelligence community has stated definitively that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee’s servers and leaked thousands of emails in an effort to discredit Democrats and help Trump win the presidency in 2016. Trump has claimed, without evidence, that Ukraine was behind the cyberattack, however.

Burr’s own committee concluded that Russia used social media campaigns to sow discord among the American electorate in 2016, adding that the activity was “overtly and almost invariably supportive of then-candidate Trump.”

The committee also looked into the theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election but “found no evidence that Ukraine waged a top-down interference campaign akin to the Kremlin’s efforts to help Trump win in 2016,” according to Politico.

But Burr did not mention those conclusions on Monday and continued to insist in an extended Q&A that a “preference” for a candidate is somehow on the same footing as a foreign government waging a systematic campaign to affect an election’s outcome:

In her testimony at a House impeachment hearing last month, former National Security Council member Fiona Hill, a top Russia expert, warned that Republicans were playing into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hands by pointing the finger at Ukraine.

“Based on questions and statements I have heard, some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country ― and that perhaps, somehow, for some reason, Ukraine did,” Hill said at the hearing. “This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves.”

Nevertheless, Trump and his Republican allies on Capitol Hill have continued to seek to shift the narrative that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

Democrats on Monday slammed their GOP counterparts for  “disgracefully” repeating Russian propaganda.

“The charge that Ukraine had something to do with election meddling in 2016 is a lie spread by Vladimir Putin to get things off his back,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a floor speech.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) added in an interview on MSNBC: “My hope has been all along that the Senate would be able to survive the Trump presidency, that we wouldn’t be pulled down into this cesspool of lies and mistruths. It’s just sad to watch my colleagues willingly propagate these lies.” 

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Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Roberts speaks out, asks UK public to ‘stand up beside’ her

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked by convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and forced to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions nearly 20 years ago, has shared more details of her story in a shocking interview broadcast Monday.

Roberts, now 35, told BBC Panorama in a one-hour sitdown — reportedly conducted before the broadcaster’s interview with Andrew that aired Nov. 14 — how she first met Epstein.

According to Roberts, she was working at Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago estate as a locker room attendant when she was recruited by Epstein’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, to give Epstein massages.

PRINCE ANDREW ACCUSER VIRGINIA ROBERTS SAYS SHE WAS ‘GROSSED OUT’ BY ROYAL, WAS FORCED ‘TO KEEP HIM HAPPY’

Roberts said Epstein began to abuse her after Maxwell began giving her massage lessons.

“They seemed like nice people so I trusted them, and I told them that I had a really hard time in my life up until then,” said Roberts. “That was the worst thing I could have told them because they knew how vulnerable I was.”

Roberts then detailed her experiences being tracked by the couple, which included a trip to London to meet Andrew, now 59.

“I was sitting there like I was always told to do. Sit there, be quiet, be polite, laugh if someone says something funny,” she said. “I wasn’t chained to a sink, but these powerful people were my chains. I didn’t know what would happen.”

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Roberts recounted visiting the exclusive Tramp nightclub with Epstein, Maxwell and Andrew, after which, Roberts claimed, she had sex with the royal at Maxwell’s London home. She was just 17 years old at the time.

“It was horrible and this guy was sweating all over me,” she recalled. “His sweat was like it was raining basically everywhere.  I was just like grossed out from it, but I knew I had to keep him happy because that’s what Jeffrey and Ghislaine would expect from me.

“In the car, Ghislaine tells me that I have to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey — and that just made me sick. I just didn’t expect that from royalty. I just didn’t expect that from someone people look up to and admire.”

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Prince Andrew (right) and Jeffrey Epstein. (Getty)

Roberts went to describe her alleged sexual encounter with the prince in some detail.

“There was a bath,” she said. “It started there, then went into the bedroom. It didn’t last very long, the whole procedure. It was disgusting.”

She said: “He got up and he said ‘Thanks’. I sat there in bed, just horrified and ashamed and felt dirty.”

Roberts admitted that her memory was foggy at the time and that she might have some dates and place wrong but insisted she was certain of the key facts.

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She also slammed Andrew’s claim that a photograph showing him and Roberts together with the Prince’s arms around her waist was doctored.

“The people on the inside are going to keep coming with these ridiculous excuses, like his arm was elongated or the photo was doctored,” she said. “I’m calling BS on this. He knows what happened. I know what happened. And there’s only one of us telling the truth, and I know that’s me.”

People magazine shared that Buckingham Palace told the BBC that the Duke of York “unequivocally regrets his ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein and “deeply sympathizes with those affected who want some form of closure.”

The palace also stressed that “it is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”

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In a previous interview with the BBC, Andrew claimed he had “no recollection of ever meeting” Roberts, “none whatsoever.” He has since stepped down from royal duties “for the foreseeable future” because of his friendship with Epstein and the allegations of sexual wrongdoing with an underage girl. He says he is willing to cooperate with appropriate law enforcement inquiries if required to do so.

In Monday’s interview, Roberts asked the British people to “stand up beside me, help me fight this fight, to not accept this as something that is OK.”

“This is not some sordid sex story,” Roberts said. “This is a story of being trafficked, this is a story of abuse and this is a story of your guys’ royalty, “

A lawyer for Maxwell, who has not been charged with any crimes, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Iranian activist says unrest is ‘totally different’ from past protests against regime

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Iranian activist and journalist Masih Alinejad appeared on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Monday to discuss the unrest in Iran and the hundreds of protesters killed by the government’s brutal crackdown, saying the movement opposing Tehran’s authoritarian regime could topple the country’s theocratic regime.

“This time is totally different. People became their own leader. They took to the street. They risked their lives. And they had the message, which you hear through the videos,” Alinejad said after MacCallum showed clips of the unrest. “That is actually why the government shut down the Internet. Why? Because they didn’t want the rest of the world to hear the message.”

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Human rights group Amnesty International said Monday that at least 208 people in Iran have been killed amid protests over sharply rising gasoline prices and a subsequent crackdown by security forces. The Associated Press reported that the governor of a Tehran suburb that saw demonstrations openly acknowledged in a video interview with the state-owned IRAN newspaper that she ordered police to shoot protesters if they stormed her offices.

Iran has yet to release any nationwide statistics over the unrest that gripped the Islamic Republic beginning Nov. 15, when the government announced that the minimum prices for subsidized gasoline would increase by 50 percent. State-run media did not acknowledge the Amnesty report and Iran’s mission to the U.N. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Alinejad told MacCallum “more than 500 people” were killed.

The activist also described the protest scenes in Iran, saying a 27-year-old protester was filming one demonstration when he was shot in the head in front of his mother. Alinejad also became emotional as MacCallum played a video of her brother telling her to continue highlighting the protest movement in Iran.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other Iranian leaders have blamed the United States for the protests, something Alinejad disputed.

“Why don’t we hear any single slogan against America in the streets of Iran and across Iran?” Alinejad said. “So that is why I have to say that people are suffering from corruption. People actually are witnessing that.”

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Alinejad also spoke of the importance of the Internet and social media access to Iranians and blasted the regime as “criminals.”

“We want to find a legal way to bring the Islamic Republic to justice,” Alinejad said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Chicago Mayor Fires Police Superintendent, Citing ‘Ethical Lapses’

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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced on Nov. 7 that he would retire at the end of the year. On Monday, he was fired by the mayor.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday fired the retiring police superintendent, Eddie Johnson, who she accused of lying about an incident in which he was found asleep at the wheel of his car a few blocks from his home after having drinks on a mid-October night.

Her announcement, at a hastily called news conference, came after reading an inspector general’s report and viewing bodycam video of the incident. Johnson had said that he had neglected to take his blood pressure medication and had been drinking earlier in the evening.

Lightfoot made it clear that she was not buying Johnson’s story.

“The findings … make it clear that Eddie Johnson engaged in conduct that is not only unbecoming, but demonstrated a series of ethical lapses and flawed decision making that is inconsistent with having the privilege of leading the Chicago Police Department,” the mayor said.

The report and video showed that Johnson had repeatedly lied about the events on the night of Oct. 16 and morning of Oct. 17, the mayor said.

“What he portrayed to me, what he portrayed to the public was fundamentally different than what the facts show,” she added.

But Lightfoot declined to be more specific about what the report and video showed, saying she did not want to influence the ongoing investigation and that she was acting “out of deference” to Johnson’s family.

“While at some point, the inspector general’s report may become public and those details may be revealed, I don’t feel like it is appropriate or fair to Mr. Johnson’s wife or children to do so at this time,” she said.

The police who discovered their boss asleep in his car did not administer a sobriety test and allowed him to drive himself home.

Johnson, 59, was chief of patrol when then-mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed him to lead the nation’s third largest police force in 2016 to replace the fired Superintendent Garry McCarthy. Johnson, who never applied for the job as Chicago’s top cop, was selected when Emanuel bypassed three finalists in favor of the former patrolman who was raised in Chicago in an apparent effort to ease tensions between the police department and communities of color.

At the time of his appointment, the police department was reeling from the release of the video depicting the controversial shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald by officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014. Last fall a jury convicted Van Dyke of second-degree murder and earlier this year, he was sentenced to 81 months in prison.

Johnson supervised an expansion of the police force by about 1,000 new officers and the largest roll-out of police body cameras in the country. Overall violent crime declined in November 2019 compared with the same month a year ago.

Last month, Lightfoot and Johnson had appeared together at a news conference announcing he would retire at the end of the year. The mayor praised the reform-minded superintendent who insisted that his decision to leave his post had nothing to do with the October incident. The mayor said she now regrets appearing at that event.

Former Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck, who already been named as Johnson’s interim successor, will take immediate control of the police department.

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Infrared images reveal hidden tattoos on Egyptian female mummies

Thanks to high-tech photography, researchers can now see previously hidden tattoos on ancient Egyptian mummies.

Infrared photography was used to help identify tattoos on seven mummified Egyptians dating as far back as around 1000 B.C. at a site known as Deir el-Medina, according to archaeologist Anne Austin of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who recently reported her findings at a meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Prior to these discoveries, tattoos had only been found on six mummies over more than 100 years of research at ancient sites in Egypt.

“When I first saw [the tattoos] with infrared, I felt both the thrill of discovery and the magic of this new technology,” Austin told Fox News via email. “We were able to identify dozens of tattoos in a previous mummy published in 2017, which showed imagery of religious symbols, floral motifs and important animals like the cows of the goddess Hathor.”

Austin explained to Fox News that the more recent finds have established tattoos on other mummies, but they have not yet detected anything identifiable by symbol and place.

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A researcher checks an ancient Egyptian mummy’s shoulder for tattoos with an infrared scanner. (Courtesy of Anne Austin)

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“It’s highly likely that with more evidence, we’ll find clearer patterns to the location and symbolism of these tattoos, but that will have to wait we’ve conducted more research,” she said.

One expert told Science News that the new discoveries could help researchers determine how the markings were used.

“Everything about the new tattoo discoveries is surprising because so little is known about this ancient Egyptian practice,” Egyptologist Kerry Muhlestein of Brigham Young University told Science News.

Experts in the U.K. found figurative tattoos on two ancient Egyptian mummies last year and published their findings in the Journal of Archaeological Science. The world’s oldest figurative tattoos were found on Ötzi the Iceman, which is an approximately 5,300-year-old Neolithic mummy that was discovered in Italy in 1991.

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Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.

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House Republicans Show They Don’t Care If Trump Withheld Ukraine Aid

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Top congressional Republicans have unveiled their defense strategy as the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump moves into a new phase: In a 123-page document released Monday, they demonstrated that they understand the president held up nearly $400 million in security aid to Ukraine — and they simply don’t care.

The GOP report, which signals how Republicans plan to defend the president amid the impeachment inquiry into his dealings with Ukraine, does not directly question any claims of misbehavior raised by the whistleblower who first set the impeachment probe in motion. But the lawmakers said the evidence thus far shows there was “nothing wrong” with Trump’s decision to withhold the aid to Ukraine, claiming that the president held a “deep-seated, genuine, and reasonable skepticism” of the country that made his actions “entirely prudent.”

“The Democrats nonetheless tell a story of an illicit pressure campaign run by President Trump through his personal attorney, Mayor Giuliani, to coerce Ukraine to investigate the President’s political rival by withholding a meeting and security assistance,” the document reads. “There is, however, no direct, firsthand evidence of any such scheme.”

Trump’s conduct in office has been described in detail by a parade of current and former administration officials. During public and private hearings, the officials testified that the president waged an explicit campaign to pressure a foreign leader to investigate a political rival.

But the ranking Republican members of the House committees conducting the inquiry remain defiant in the face of those accounts, saying the “evidence presented does not prove any of these Democrat allegations, and none of the Democrats’ witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor.”

“Democrats in the House of Representatives have been working to impeach President Trump since his election,” reads the report, prepared for Republican Reps. Devin Nunes (Calif.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee; Jim Jordan (Ohio), ranking member of the House Oversight Committee; and Michael McCaul (Texas), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct; it is an orchestrated campaign to upend our political system.”

Democrats plan to release their own report on the inquiry so far later this week, and lawmakers have already begun to review its contents behind closed doors.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) slammed the GOP document on Monday, saying it ignored “voluminous evidence Trump used his office to press Ukraine into investigating Biden.”

“They say this is just Trump’s ‘outside the beltway’ thinking,” Schiff wrote on Twitter. “It’s more accurately outside the law and Constitution.”

The House Judiciary Committee is set to hold its first hearings this week on Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine’s president. Top Democrats are investigating whether the president acted improperly during that call when he requested that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky investigate a political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Biden’s son Hunter shortly after holding up nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine.

The White House said Sunday it would not take part in the committee’s first hearing, claiming the probe “does not begin to provide the president with any semblance of a fair process” and slamming the proceedings as “highly partisan.”

“We cannot fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the president a fair process through additional hearings,” White House Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a five-page letter to House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). “Under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing.”

Nadler had invited the president or his attorneys to participate in the hearings, saying Trump has the right to review the evidence against him or call his own witnesses.

View the GOP report below.

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White House makes patriotism theme of Christmas

The theme of this Christmas is patriotism at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The halls of the White House are incorporating red and blue into the traditional holiday green, adding a timeline of American design, innovation and architecture and studding a Christmas tree with the American flag.

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A White House made of gingerbread surrounded by landmarks from around the country in the State Dining Room during the 2019 Christmas preview. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The traditional gingerbread White House is sharing its stage with American landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and Golden Gate Bridge.

The gingerbread White House, built from 200 pounds of gingerbread and slathered in 25 pounds of royal icing and 35 pounds of chocolate, showcases the South Portico, including a staircase made using angel hair, fettuccine and spaghetti.

The popular display also features models of some of the nation’s most famous landmarks, including Mount Rushmore, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, the Alamo, the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty, along with the Golden Gate Bridge and the Space Needle.

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The East Colonnade of the White House is lined with double rows of see-through panels etched with more than 60 examples of American design, innovation and architecture, ranging from the Woolworth Building in New York City to the Space Needle in Seattle.

A tree dedicated to Gold Star families that lost an immediate relative during military service stands at the beginning of the hallway while a tree decorated with the Trump family ornament — an American flag this year — glistens at the end of the colonnade.

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The American flag decorates a tree during the 2019 Christmas preview at the White House, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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East Room decorations are inspired by the U.S. flag and feature gilded eagle Christmas tree toppers, mirrored stars and red and blue ribbons. In the State Dining Room, at the opposite end of the hallway, the decor continues to showcase American design.

The Blue Room is again commanded by a towering tree, an 18 ½-foot Douglas fir from a Pennsylvania farm, decorated with flowers representing every state and territory.

The Red Room is decorated with games, including trees made of White House playing cards bearing the president and first lady’s signatures.

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A decorated tree stands next to the portrait of President George Washington in the East Room during the 2019 Christmas preview at the White House, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

More than 225 volunteers flew in from around the country to help decorate the White House during Thanksgiving weekend.

Decorations in the public areas of the White House include 58 Christmas trees, more than 2,500 strands of light, more than 800 feet of garland and more than 15,000 bows.

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The official White House Christmas tree is decorated in the Blue Room seen through the Cross Hall, during the 2019 Christmas preview at the White House, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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“It is with great joy that our family welcomes you to the White House this holiday season as we celebrate the Spirit of America,” President Trump, the first lady and their son, Barron, said in the signed introduction to a souvenir book visitors will receive as a holiday keepsake. “We hope you enjoy our tribute to the traditions, customs and history that make our nation great.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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