U.S. News: Major U.S. news stories, from health-care reform to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

Major U.S. news stories, from health-care reform to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

by Holly Poulos
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Though the recession was officially over in 2010, the United States' economy remained tenuous; rising unemployment was one of the most talked-about issues of the year. The midterm elections shook up Washington, and the Tea Party showed the country they are here to stay. Gay rights once again provided controversy, with same-sex marriage and the validity of Don't Ask, Don't Tell returning to the spotlight. Here's a look at these stories and the rest of the hottest topics in the nations in 2010.

Arizona Immigration Law Pushes the Limit

Nazi-style regulations or smart border control?

Health Care Reform: Years in the Making, Still Doesn't Satisfy

Obama achieves his goal of health-care reform, but it's not without controversy

Landmark Financial Regulation Bill

Much-needed government oversight for the financial system

Midterm Elections

The Democratic Party preserved its majority in the Senate, while the Republicans took control in the House

A New Era for U.S., Russia, and Nuclear Arms

The New Start pact for nuclear arms and Iran

The Official End to the War in Iraq

On August 31, seven years after the war in Iraq began, President Obama announced the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the withdrawal of combat troops.

Passing the Buck on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Judicial versus military opinion on the Clinton-era policy

Same-Sex Marriage Ban Temporarily Overturned in California

Same-sex marriage is back in court

The Supreme Court: Personnel Changes & Major Decisions

A new member of the Supreme Court, notable decisions, and an emphasis on free speech

Tea Party Victories

The newest political party proves they are here to stay

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