Phyllis Siegel (right) kisses her wife, Connie Kopelov, after the two exchanged vows at the Manhattan City Clerk's office. The couple were the first same-sex pair to tie the knot in New York City after the state's Marriage Equality Act went into effect on July 24. Michael Appleton/AP hide caption

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2011: An Extraordinary Year For Gay Rights
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House Speaker John Boehner, surrounded by Republican House members, speaks during a news conference in Washington in December. The House initially rejected a plan to extend a tax cut for two months to buy time for talks on a full-year renewal. It later compromised — a rare event in 2011. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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This Year In Congress: Much Drama, Little To Show
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President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and members of his National Security team receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House. A classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. Pete Souza/White House hide caption

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Obama's Grade In Foreign Policy 2011: 'Incomplete'
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Newt Gingrich wipes away a tear while speaking about his deceased mother Friday in Des Moines, Iowa. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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For Gingrich, A Week Of Attacks And Falling In Polls
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President Obama walks onstage Dec. 22 to urge members of Congress to vote on a short-term compromise that extended the payroll tax cut. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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After A Year of Struggles, Obama Finds His Footing
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Johnson Discusses Seeking Libertarian Nomination
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On Jan. 3, Iowans will caucus at 1,774 precincts across the state, in the first contest of the 2012 presidential nominating process. Above, Iowans caucus in 2004 at St. John's United Methodist Church in Des Moines, Precinct 87. Shaun Heasley/Getty Images hide caption

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Confused About The Iowa Caucuses? Here's A Guide
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It's All Politics, Dec. 28, 2011
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A Moment From Jon Huntsman's Time On The Stump
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Week In Politics: Iowa Caucuses; Year-End Overview
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In Iowa, Candidates Make Closing Arguments
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Iowa Evangelical Endorses The Political Underdog
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Politicians Who Made You Laugh Out Loud In 2011
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In 2011 Politics, 'Best New Artist' Is ...
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Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney campaigning in Ames, Iowa, on Thursday (Dec. 29, 2011). Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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