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By many standards, President Obama had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year.

Politics

President Obama's Rocky Year Falls Far Short Of Ambitions

On the first day of 2013, Obama expressed a hope that the new year would bring "a little less drama" and "a little less brinkmanship." In fact, the year saw high drama, a government shutdown, and massive problems with the website at the core of the president's new health care law.

A view of a B-52 about to have its tail section cut at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz.

Around the Nation

Once A Mighty Bomber, A B-52 Meets Its End In The Desert

The Air Force on Thursday destroyed the last B-52 bomber required under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia. A crew used a circular saw to cut through the plane's aluminum skin, the tail section separating from the fuselage with a loud thunk and officially rendering the bomber useless.

The audience at Beyonce's Dec. 3 performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The Record

Feminists Everywhere React To Beyoncé's Latest

At the end of a year in which Sheryl Sandberg released Lean In, Miley Cyrus and Diane Martel provoked everybody, #solidarityisforwhitewomen was born, and British singer Lily Allen put her foot in it, Beyonce's album has reignited conversations about the boundaries of feminism today.

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Washington Square Park [Radio Version] [Version] Anat Cohen

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Iron City Grant Green, Big John Patton et. al.

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Grown Woman Beyonce

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Midnight in Harlem (Swamp Raga Intro with Little Martha) Tedeschi Trucks Band

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High Pockets And A Fanny Pack Charlie Hunter

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