In January, Chief Justice Roberts released his “2014 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary” and announced that the Supreme Court will offer all documents online as early as 2016.



At least 12 were killed an attack in January at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Four cartoonists are among the dead, including editor and cartoonist Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier. The magazine was fire-bombed in 2011 for publishing a cartoon of Muhammad and is known for its provocative satire.



What’s acceptable speech?  Who gets to decide? In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo killings, some writers and cartoonists questioned whether the publication had crossed a line in their use of satire.

In June, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wouldn’t say what the Republican plan would be if the Supreme Court ruled against Obamacare.




In June, Dylann Roof killed nine people at the historically black church Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.


Even after multiple gun attacks since the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, there still remains a lack of public outcry or the legislative desire to do anything about guns.




The Republicans worried that Donald Trump would cost them women voters.





In August, Rukmini Callimachi at the New York Times wrote about the Islamic State’s brutal systematic rape and slavery of Yazidi women and girls.

Trump wasn’t the only Republican candidate to suggest a wall.




In a jaw-dropping move, the UN named an official from Saudi Arabia to head a human rights council panel.



In September, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced his resignation.



Also in September, in New York at the United Nations, U.S. President Obama and Russian president Vladimir Putin disagreed on whether the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad should stay in power.



In October, the Supreme Court began its new term which included cases dealing with abortion, the religious rights of employers, and affirmative action — with Justice Anthony Kennedy at the center of it all.



Sketches from one of the Republican debates, this one in Boulder, Colorado:



Sketches from one of the (fewer) Democrat debates:


Gunman or terrorist?  The media is inconsistent when describing attacks in the United States.




Donald Trump played on America’s fears about terrorism by calling for a ban on all Muslim immigrants entering the United States after the San Bernardino attacks.