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Cover Story

News of the Year 2009

News of the Year 2009

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | How should we view the year that was?

In this issue: "News of the Year," Jan. 2, 2010

Features

Defeated by victory

Defeated by victory

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Political analyst John Fund says Barack Obama and America have been hurt by the president's early 'successes'

Politics

Politics

By The Editors

News of the Year | If you had to sum up 2009 congressional politics with one topic, healthcare would be the hands-down winner. From a White House roundtable discussion in March…

Belligerents

Belligerents

By The Editors

News of the Yeaer | In June, Iranians took to the streets decrying a government-rigged election that declared Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the Iranian president. The government fought…

Churches

Churches

By The Editors

News of the Year | After the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) voted to allow noncelibate gay clergy on its leadership rosters, the…

Scandals

Scandals

By The Editors

News of the Year | President Obama signed an executive order in January ordering the military prison at Guantanamo Bay to be closed. By fall, he acknowledged it wasn't possible,

Wars

Wars

By The Editors

News of the Year | U.S. combat operations in Vietnam began in 1965 and lasted until a formal ceasefire in 1973. By that measure combat operations in Afghanistan, which began in…

Champs

Champs

By The Editors

News of the Year | The Florida Gators knocked off top-ranked Oklahoma in early January for their second national championship in three years. Gators quarterback Tim Tebow rushed…

Departures

Departures

By Edward E. Plowman

News of the Year | Notable deaths of 2009

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | BEATEN: The normally combative career of Italy's prime minister Silvio Berlusconi turned bloody on Dec. 14 when the 73-year-old head of state came under…

Winners

Winners

By The Editors

News of the Year | If Barack Obama had to choose his best day of 2009, it would not be surprising if his thoughts returned to Jan. 20, the day he stood on the U.S. Capitol steps…

Losers

Losers

By The Editors

News of the Year | Bernard Madoff, the perpetrator of perhaps the largest investment fraud in Wall Street history scammed even his own sister out of $3 million-along with…

Comebacks

Comebacks

By The Editors

News of the Year | The stock market fell down several flights of stairs this year, the Dow Jones reaching its low point in March, down to 6,400 points from its all-time peak of…

Uprisings

Uprisings

By The Editors

News of Year | In the aftermath of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's improbably large June 12 reelection victory came an improbably large response: Millions turned out in…

Phenoms

Phenoms

By The Editors

News of the Year | "I'm going to put my spacesuit on, next stop: Earth Orbit!!" tweeted NASA astronaut Mike Massimino the morning before his May shuttle launch. Twitter founder…

Disasters

Disasters

By The Editors

News of the Year | By the end of the year, aid workers in East Asia were still calculating the damage from a triple calamity that brought massive misery: a typhoon, a tsunami,

Surprises

Surprises

By The Editors

News of the Year | It was the almost comeback. The sudden June 25 death of Michael Jackson came only weeks before the megastar was to open "This Is It," a sold-out, 50-show…

Persecuted

Persecuted

By The Editors

News of the Year | Two young women spending nearly nine months in Iran's notorious Evin Prison became the face of persecuted religious minorities in the Islamic state after…

Elections

Elections

By The Editors

News of the Year | The year began in Israel with one of the tightest elections in the country's modern history. Both candidates claimed victory in the Feb. 10 contest, but…

Dispatches

The Buzz

The Buzz

By The Editors

Need-to-know news

Columnists

Mistakes were made

Mistakes were made

By Mindy Belz

On ending an old year with regret and starting a new year with hope

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Out of Egypt

Out of Egypt

By Janie B. Cheaney

Only the Incarnation can break us free from voluntary bondage

Fault lines

Fault lines

By Andrée Seu

Americans failed to vet the most senior man in the West Wing

Manhattan microcosm

Manhattan microcosm

By Marvin Olasky

What a scam and a play say about Barack Obama's rise and decline in 2009

Nation of skeptics

Nation of skeptics

By Joel Belz

Neither rhymes nor eloquent speeches are enough

Culture

Soul search

Soul search

By Megan Basham

Movies | Nine illustrates the bankrupt results of a life of trivial pursuits

Social security

Social security

By Megan Basham

Movies | Up in the Air makes a strong case for connection and love

Royal treatment

Royal treatment

By Rebecca Cusey

Movies | Young Victoria engagingly tells the story of a marriage

More than a game

More than a game

By Sam Thielman

Movies | The power of forgiveness triumphs in Eastwood's Invictus

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