2012: The year in graphs and gifs

A look back at the year in political and policy news, in gifs and graphs. We promise this won't hurt a bit.

By Dylan Matthews December 31, 2012

The Republican Party in one tweet

Above all else, the Republican Party wants to cut entitlements. But the one thing they absolutely won't do is cut entitlements.

By Ezra Klein December 30, 2012

McConnell’s Social Security deal breaker

The Reid-McConnell talks weren't going especially well, but McConnell's late-breaking insistence on Social Security cuts might've killed them entirely.

By Ezra Klein December 30, 2012

‘Come together’ breaks Washington apart

The ideology of “come togetherism” isn't just misguided, it's counterproductive. It is, ironically, one of the big reasons that nothing in Washington ever seems to get solved and that the two sides never seem to come together.

By Ezra Klein December 28, 2012

Hey, America! Republicans want to raise your taxes

The big lie of the fiscal cliff is that the argument is between Democrats who want to raise your taxes and Republicans who want to cut your taxes. That's wrong. Republicans want to raise taxes on more people than the White House does.

By Ezra Klein December 27, 2012

The White House’s Kent Conrad problem

Want to know why the White House wants a deal before we hit the fiscal cliff? Just look at what Sen. Kent Conrad offered the Republicans on Fox News Sunday.

By Ezra Klein December 26, 2012

For Republicans, it’s not about deficit reduction

"Tax hikes are real in these deals, but the spending cut promises are a fraud, plain and simple," says Grover Norquist's group. That's wrong on both counts. But there's a reason conservatives keep saying it.

By Ezra Klein December 24, 2012