One of the biggest political question marks going into 2012 is the fate of the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Audie Cornish speaks with Noam Levey of the Los Angeles Times about what's ahead for Americans in terms of health care in the new year, including a constitutional challenge to the law's mandatory health care provision.
Among the highlights: the passage of New York's Marriage Equality Act; and the end of "don't ask, don't tell." We take a look back with Dan Savage and interview the first same-sex couple to get married in New York.
There were at least three countdowns to shutdown, there was the debt-limit fight, plus the will-they-or-won't-they drama over the payroll tax holiday. Looking at how few bills were actually signed into law this year, one might conclude this session was mostly sizzle and not much steak.
Much of global affairs lies beyond any one country's control, even for the most powerful country in the world. Still, the global landscape looks completely different from one year ago, in part due to President Obama's accomplishments.
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