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You'd be forgiven for not keeping up with the news every single day, but since we didn't have that luxury, we thought we'd boil it all down for you. Here's the It's A Free Country guide to where we're at, how we got there, and everything else that happened in politics and governance over the last twelve months. So, as Fred Willard would ask (see video to left)...What Happened?!

 

Jobs and the Economy»»

The United States' economy continued to struggle in 2010 as policymakers attempted to navigate the difficult transition from recession to recovery. A high, stubborn, stagnant unemployment rate serves as the backdrop to a year in which further stimulus measures were considered, the financial industry faced reform, and politicians prepared to compromise on the Bush tax cuts.


Health Care»»

President Barack Obama will likely be remembered most for this signature, which made the embattled health care reform bill law after months of outrage on both sides of the aisle.


Climate and Energy»»

Obama displayed high hopes for the Senate to consider a climate change bill and invest in clean energy, but bipartisan efforts failed and it didn't gain traction, despite the worst environmental disaster in history—the BP oil spill.


Immigration»»

At the start of the year, advocates for immigration reform were full of hope. Powerful members of Congress had promised they'd bring a comprehensive immigration reform bill to the floor, and Obama signaled his commitment to back it. But then, along came Arizona.


Iraq and Afghanistan»»

The year in Iraq and Afghanistan was marked by grim milestones in the US occupation, fraudulent and confusing elections, sudden changes in military command, and a lot of leaked information.

Produced by the It's A Free Country Team.

What Happened in 2010: Health Care

Monday, December 20, 2010

WNYC

The health care debate dominated news headlines constantly through the first three months of the year, until President Obama finally signed the overhaul legislation on March 23. As some aspects of the law began rolling out over the next nine months, others were brought to court over questions of constitutionality.

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What Happened in 2010: Jobs and the Economy

Monday, December 20, 2010

The United States' economy continued to struggle in 2010 as policymakers attempted to navigate the difficult transition from recession to recovery. A high, stubborn, stagnant unemployment rate serves as the backdrop to a year in which further stimulus measures were considered, the financial industry faced reform, and politicians prepared to compromise on the Bush tax cuts.

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What Happened in 2010: Immigration

Monday, December 20, 2010

At the start of the year, advocates for immigration reform were full of hope. Powerful members of Congress had promised they'd bring a comprehensive immigration reform bill to the floor, and Obama signaled his commitment to back it. But then, along came Arizona.

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What Happened in 2010: Iraq and Afghanistan

Monday, December 20, 2010

The year in Iraq and Afghanistan was marked by grim milestones in the US occupation, fraudulent and confusing elections, sudden changes in military command, and a lot of leaked information. Here's what you may have missed.

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What Happened in 2010: Climate and Energy

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Obama displayed high hopes in his State of the Union Address for the Senate to consider a climate change bill and invest in clean energy, but bipartisan efforts failed and a bill didn't gain traction, despite the worst environmental disaster in history—the BP oil spill. Meanwhile, the planet experienced a slew of natural disasters and the highest temperatures on record, setting off deadly wildfires in Russia and floods in Pakistan.

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