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)
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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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