Dispatch December 2009

2009: The View from Our Bloggers

Obama’s inauguration and Sotomayor’s confirmation, the economic crisis and the unraveling of Iran. From just about every angle, 2009 was one hell of a year. Here's what our bloggers had to say about the year's biggest stories. (Additional reporting by Jenny Merkin)


The King of Pop Dies
On June 25, superstar Michael Jackson died. The world expressed shock and grief as a resurgence of Jackson mania recalled his iconic dance moves, videos, and changing looks.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Long live the king.

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