The Year in Preview: The Top 10 Politics Stories to Watch in 2012

From the presidential contest to the evolution of Americas newest social and political movements -- the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street -- it's going to be a hectic year on the political front. But even in uncertain times, some things are as predictable as winter. There will be ongoing difficult fights over the budget and deficit reduction in Congress. The Supreme Court will issue a decision on Obama's health-care overhaul law. Immigration fights at the state level will continue and continue to be litigated in the courts. The political climate seems unlikely to change dramatically before November 2012 elections, even if the squalls that come upon us each appear as sudden developments.

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Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor covering national politics at The Atlantic.

The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

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The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

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Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

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Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

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An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

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The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

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