Major U.S. news stories, from health-care reform to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
by Holly Poulos
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 controversyLandmark Financial Regulation Bill
Much-needed government oversight for the financial systemMidterm Elections
The Democratic Party preserved its majority in the Senate, while the Republicans took control in the HouseA New Era for U.S., Russia, and Nuclear Arms
The New Start pact for nuclear arms and IranThe 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 policySame-Sex Marriage Ban Temporarily Overturned in California
Same-sex marriage is back in courtThe Supreme Court: Personnel Changes & Major Decisions
A new member of the Supreme Court, notable decisions, and an emphasis on free speechTea Party Victories
The newest political party proves they are here to stay
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