2012 will be remembered as the year that the giant awoke. Hispanics accounted for 10 percent of the total vote in the November elections, and leaned mostly (73 percent) toward the Democratic Party.
A heavily contested presidential election against the background of sweeping changes in the energy sector itself proved a perfect time to reexamine long-held theories about the politics of energy.
We're so busy expressing outrage and pointing fingers that we are not accepting responsibility for our own part in reelecting the same fiscal-cliff-creating, legislation-stalling, economy-risking people that we gave the lowest approval rate in history.
In case you expect me to include 50 Shades of Grey, the Kardashians or Clint Eastwood's profound discussion with a chair, sorry, but nobody actually rated them highly.
Here's the American Association of University Women's rundown of the good, the bad and the downright ugly for women in 2012.
Meet 50 women who were the behind-the-scenes rock stars of the 2012 election. Each of these women made a tremendous contribution to this year's election cycle and here, we highlight their efforts and successes.
This has been a big year for Islam and Islamic law in American media. As politicians vied for local and national office, anti-sharia messages -- and sometimes overtly anti-Islam messages -- were broadcast across the media, at times functioning to normalize anti-Islam discourse.
Our Republican governors are not only preparing their party so that they can attain electoral victories at the national level, but they are doing what is best for our country, our civilians, and our future.
Largely driven by a spate of new laws and policies, including new restrictions on the type of ID that voters can use and flawed voter purges, conservative legislatures stopped at nothing to make it harder to register to vote, harder to cast a ballot, and harder to have a vote counted.
Since 2008, commentary about presidential campaigns has been saturated in the rhetoric of narrative. However, Obama's 2012 presidential victory wasn't, strictly speaking, based on narrative. So what happened?
As a member of the millennial generation, I recognize the implications of today's policies on not only myself, but my kids and their kids' future. Isn't this all the more reason we should let our voices be heard once elections come to and end?
When the Republican party's arch right wing takes over the organization, it will become doctrinaire, ideological, orthodox -- and rigidly so. It will be fundamentalist.
Our history has provided enough warning signs of the system's antidemocratic malfunction that we should already have closed the electoral college in favor of direct election.
Until we, as a country, can come together and realize that neither side is completely right, and neither side is completely wrong, until we can try to come together and work as one, then nothing will ever be resolved.
As the fortunes of Rome's aristocracy increasingly derived from foreign lands, Roman policy was shaped to facilitate these fortunes. American billionaires and corporations increasingly influence our elections.
The GOP no longer seems to care about what the majority of Americans might think or want, including their own base.