With the end of 2013 rapidly approaching, we thought it might be nice to look back at the Fix posts you liked the best over the past year. They run the gamut from the obvious (election night 2013 takeaways, winners and losers from the government shutdown) to the not-so-obvious (a look at Jon Stewart's critiques of President Obama, an explanation of why Nelson Mandela was on a terror watch list as recently as 2008).

Jon Stewart, right, played a major part in the most trafficked Fix post of 2013.

Now, we are well aware that "most-clicked" ≠ "good" but it's gratifying that most of our own favorite pieces from the past year also made the list of most clicked.  Our favorite post of the year, however, didn't make the list. It was our breakdown of what "The Big Lebowski" can teach us about the debt ceiling fight. ("These men are nihilists, there's nothing to be afraid of.")  So, what did make the list? The top 15 -- ranked from most popular to least -- are below.

1.  How Jon Stewart became President Obama's biggest problem

2. How (and how much) the 50 states do drugs, in 5 maps

3. Winners and Losers of the government shutdown

4. Matt Drudge was right

5. 6 takeaways from election night 2013

6. The 'Gotham Theory' of the Republican Party

7. Why John Boehner might have no choice but unconditional surrender

8. Terry McAuliffe won. But why was the Virginia race so close?

9. The ad every Democrat should be scared of in 2014

10. Poll: Republicans are losing a no-win game

11. Why Nelson Mandela was on a terrorism watch list in 2008

12. Marco Rubio's big immigration gamble

13. The Senate is at Defcon-1 and about to change forever. Here's what it means.

14. Moderate Democrats are quitting on Obamacare

15. Winners and Losers in the fiscal cliff deal


Nearly two million people have signed up for Obamacare. That's short of the administration's goal of 3.3 million by the end of the year.

Obama asks Congress to pass an emergency extension of expiring unemployment benefits.

Billionaire GOP donor Harold Simmons has died.

GOP Reps. Darrell Issa (Calif.) and Mike Rogers (Mich.) both dispute a New York Times report that al Qaeda had no ties to the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, as does Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.).

Former senator Larry Pressler (R-S.D.) is officially in as an independent candidate for his old seat.

Utah will appeal a judge's decision legalizing gay marriage to the Supreme Court.

Sonia Sotomayor will drop the ball in Times Square on New Year's Eve.

A&E has retracted its suspension of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, whose comments comparing homosexuality to bestiality drew the suspension.

John Kerry for president, again?

Ted Cruz is preparing to renounce his Canadian citizenship.


"Red, blue states move in opposite directions in a new era of single-party control" -- Dan Balz, Washington Post

"Obama’s presidency beset by fits, starts in year 5" -- AP

"Tim Pawlenty learns to lobby" -- M.J. Lee, Politico

"Kathleen Kane Is the Democrats' New 'It Girl'" -- Salena Zito, Real Clear Politics

"A Deadly Mix in Benghazi" -- David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times

"Utah Ruling on Marriage Puts Judge in Spotlight" -- Jack Healy, New York Times

"As the Obamas Celebrate Christmas, Rituals of Faith Become Less Visible" -- Ashley Parker, New York Times