58 Things 2012 Was 'the Year of'

Max Read · 12/31/12 12:30PM

As 2012 draws to a close, it's very important to figure out what, exactly, 2012 was the year of. The dragon? The election? The Olympics? New practical thermoelectric power generators? To help figure it out we've assembled 58 articles explaining why 2012 was the year of...

Things We Lost in 2012

Mallory Ortberg · 12/29/12 03:56PM

What we lost: Romantic comedies
Who took it: Audiences, Gerard Butler, Tucker Max, Netflix, sequel-based franchises. Vulture charts the steady decline:

What Were the Year's Best Podcast Episodes?

Camille Dodero · 12/28/12 12:15PM

You're all too forthcoming with your BEST OF 2012 OR FIGHT ME ✌ Spotify playlists, but can you offer us something actually useful, like a working list of podcast episodes that were pretty great this year?

Google's Moving Tribute Video to the Past Year, as Told by Our Searches

Max Read · 12/12/12 09:39AM

Today, Google released its "Zeitgeist 2012," which tracks the year's top searches in several categories. It was accompanied by this moving video showing the year's biggest people and stories — as told from the point of view of our search engines. What could make you prouder of humanity, than a video like this? Google and human events: one and the same thing.

The Vatican Is Really Butthurt About U.S. Citizens Approving Gay Marriage

MTanzer · 11/11/12 04:33PM

Last week, voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington state voted for marriage equality and the gays rejoiced! After all, this was the first time that gay marriage had been approved by popular vote. But just like at the end of The Avengers, there's another villan hiding in a distant galaxy, in this case, it's Europe.

Here's Video of Mitt Romney Saying "It's Not Right" That Gay People Are Having Children

John Cook · 10/29/12 10:11AM

Last week Murray Waas reported in the Boston Globe that as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney refused to change the state's birth certificate to acknowledge legal births to same-sex parents. Gay couples with children were to cross out "mother" or "father" on the forms and write themselves in, leaving their children's official documents permanently altered. Romney later explained the thinking behind the decision this way: "Some gays are actually having children born to them. It's not right on paper. It's not right in fact." Here's the video.

2008 Called. It Wants to Know What Happened to Barack Obama.

John Cook · 10/23/12 11:45AM

One of the many little thrills of being a part of the Obama campaign four years ago was a deep and abiding sense that, finally, a political leader had come along who could live up to our highest aspirations. Yes, Obama was cool and played basketball and was conversant in ironical youth culture, but when it came down to it, he was overwhelmingly serious. The other guys were hauling unlicensed plumbers onstage and suspending their campaign at the drop of a hat, but Obama kept his eyes on the prize and played the grown-up. Now he's talking about "Romnesia."

Leaked Debate Agreement Shows Both Obama and Romney are Sniveling Cowards

John Cook · 10/15/12 04:30PM

Time's Mark Halperin has made himself useful for once by obtaining, and publishing, a copy of the 21-page memorandum of understanding that the Obama and Romney campaigns negotiated with the Commission on Presidential Debates establishing the rules governing this month's presidential and vice presidential face-offs. The upshot: Both campaigns are terrified at anything even remotely spontaneous happening.

Yes, Mitt Romney Is Getting a Raw Deal From the Press

John Cook · 10/01/12 03:35PM

First off—there is no such thing as "the media." The people and entities who shape our political coverage represent a fractured, disaggregated, chaotic mass of divergent agendas and interests. While they often display pack behavior, they do not operate as a coordinated monolith. But that doesn't mean they're being fair to Mitt Romney. They're not.

Not All People Dislike Obama Because He's Black, But These People Do

Cord Jefferson · 09/26/12 04:30PM

In an Associated Press article from earlier this month, national affairs writer Jesse Washington posed the question, "Does racial bias fuel Obama foes?" "The question of whether race fuels opposition to President Barack Obama has become one of the most divisive topics of the election," Washington continued. "It is sowing anger and frustration among conservatives who are labeled racist simply for opposing Obama's policies and liberals who see no other explanation for such deep dislike of the president."

Mitt Romney's Family Trust Invested In Chinese Companies

Taylor Berman · 09/21/12 07:43PM

Mitt Romney's 2011 tax returns, which were finally released today, show that Romney's family trust invested in two Chinese companies, a bank and a state-owned oil company. Then, as Romney's presidential campaign gained momentum, the trust sold the shares. This might not a big deal if Romney hadn't spent much of the past two years criticizing China for using unfair trade practices, and then faulting Obama for not being tougher on China's policies. For instance, Romney has said a lot of things like this:

Mitt Romney Releases Basically Made-Up 2011 Tax Returns

John Cook · 09/21/12 03:07PM

Mitt Romney has just released his long-awaited 2011 tax returns, and guess what? He deliberately overpaid his 2011 federal tax burden so he wouldn't look like an avaricious plutocrat gaming the system. Which is just bizarre.

The Democratic National Convention: A Rain-Logged Liveblog

John Cook · 09/04/12 07:30PM

How do you like the view from the cheap seats? We are sitting next to the gentleman from the Daily Caller, which ought to give you a sense of where Gawker sits in the Democratic Party hierarchy. Hamilton Nolan and I are here at the Time Warner Cable Arena, watching history (in the form of pro forma theatrics) happening before our eyes. It's raining outside, and a sad graveyard of discarded umbrellas (you can't bring them inside) sits outside the front entrance. Someone just said, "I'm Jewish, I'm gay, I'm a father, and I'm an entrepreneur." Let's liveblog!