The Encyclopedia Of 2013: 50+ Moments Worth Remembering

Wait a second. Is 2013 almost over? We can't count the number of times we've had that shocking realization over the past month. You know, it happens every year, but somehow you never get used to it.
Anyway, because we're total type-As sometimes, we've decided there's no better way to get some closure on this hectic collection of days known as 2013 than to catalog it all in a neat, organized fashion. This is your encyclopedia of days gone by, an exhaustive roundup of the most important events that the world was talking, texting, and tweeting about. You know, lest we forget.
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Photo: Courtesy of DERMADoctor.
We learn our ABCs.
Perhaps no trend was more indicative of the craze for newness in fashion and beauty than the constant churning out of BB, CC, and DD creams. Another thing we learned from the many releases in these categories in 2013? American desire for popular Asian beauty products is pretty much bottomless.

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Photo: BEImages/Carolyn Contino.
Lupita Nyong'o takes over the world.
It's not surprising that this gorgeous girl became a favorite amongst our beauty editors, but that doesn't mean she didn't continue to surprise us, one red carpet after another. Her simple but bold approach to makeup was made all the more notable due to her super-short hair, and the result is an elegant but still fresh look that we're definitely aspiring to for our future.

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Photo: Courtesy of Simplecare.
Face oil goes mainstream.
Product junkies have known about face oil for a while, but this unorthodox method of cleansing really blew up this year. Many people had a hard time getting behind the idea of actually putting more oil on your face, but we have a feeling that winter dryness did its part to convince naysayers and make many a convert turn to this trendy movement.

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Photo: Firstview.
Brows get bolder.
Overly tweezed brows haven't been in style for years (though bleaching certainly had its moment). Now, though, super-strong brows are the preferred way to shape your face. Thanks in no small part to one Cara Delevingne, with a little help from Lily Collins, heavy brows with no-holds-barred shaping became a major must for just about anyone.

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Photo: Courtesy of Urban Decay.
Naked 3
Tantalizing rumors turned into the real thing after photos of a third iteration of Urban Decay's much-beloved palette leaked on Reddit. We haven't been this psyched about a beauty release in a long time, and now, we're riding the wave of pure joy straight through to 2014!

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Photo: Firstview.
'90s reboot
The '90s were everywhere this year, but one standout manifestation was the return of a very particular type of minimalism in the makeup department. Contoured cheeks, a touch of mascara, bold brows, and a red, brown lip are the signatures of this look. Nostalgic makeup can be a no-no, but we think this is one look anyone can get behind.

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Photo: REX USA/Nils Jorgensen.
China phases out animal testing.
The announcement was made this year that China's Food & Drug Administration will no longer require mandatory animal testing on all beauty products, beginning in June 2014. This is great news for a lot of obvious reasons, but it also means that many of your favorite brands that claim to be cruelty free stateside can now, we hope, fully embrace that statement on an international level.

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Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh.
The return of crimping
Oh, did we mention the '90s? Well, here they are again, but with a twist. While fashion and makeup trends largely took the decade literally, this year took a fresh view on crimping, the maligned hair trend that once dominated high schools across the world. A little less frizz, a little more shine, and you've got a surprisingly wearable 'do!

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Photo: REX USA/Rob Latour.
Pixies, pixies, everywhere
Michelle Williams started it a few years ago, but this year, everyone and your mother suddenly cut all their hair off. That includes the likes of Pamela Anderson and even Beyoncé, she of flowing weave and bouncing curl, though it was only for a hot minute. This trend will probably continue loud and proud into the next year, until it's replaced by something equally adorable.

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Photo: Courtesy of Jin Soon.
Textured polish takes center stage.
For longer than we can remember, intricate nail art was our raison d'être. And, don't get us wrong, we'll still go bonkers for a great half-moon mani. But, in 2013, textured, borderline-chunky nail polish was the more major trend — lucky for novices, this one is a lot easier to pull off than a chevron French tip.

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Illustrated by Caitlin Owens.
What exactly is punk?
This year's punk-themed Met Gala had the opportunity to really showcase some interesting fashion. Some attendees rose to the occasion, other bob-clad ladies who shall remain nameless decided to wear florals and call it a day. Overall, there were a lot of cringe-worthy moments in which fashion people tried to get in on the mayhem and, sadly, failed.

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Photo: BEImages/Gregory Pace.
Collabs, collabs, and more collabs
Though there were many partnerships that caught our eye over the course of the year, the two most talked-about were 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target and Isabel Marant for H&M. They were also the cause of extreme spending, long lines, and eBay frenzies. We won't say which one we loved most, but there is definitely some fodder for hot debate.

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Photo: BEImages/Gregory Pace.
Top brass walks out.
Marc Jacobs left Louis Vuitton in a move that, while getting us excited for his future, also marked the end of an era (and the beginning of Nicolas Ghesquière's tenure there). Oh, and speaking of eras ending, Jil Sander left Jil Sander. And, Ann Demeulemeester left Ann Demeulemeester. So much for namesakes, huh?

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Photo: Firstview.
Kering gets involved at Christopher Kane.
When news broke that Kering, formerly PPR, had acquired a majority stake in Christopher Kane, we were both nervous and excited for this young designer's potential. On the one hand, it's an amazing and life-affirming example of how brands with purpose and vision can make it big without compromising spirit. On the other hand, it meant an uncertain future — but, Kane and Kering have since proven a valuable and productive partnership.

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Photo: REX USA/Indian Photo Agency/Rex.
The Bangladesh wake-up call
The frequently horrific conditions of sweatshops that manufacture fast-fashion clothing have been known for years. But, like most terrible things, they sometimes go unaided and unnoticed by the privileged of the world. When a factory collapsed in Bangladesh this year and killed 1,127 people, consumers got angry — and as a result, some brands actually started to make changes to their policies regarding outsourced labor.

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Photo: BEImages/Gregory Pace.
Editors do a cake walk.
Here in the world of media, Eva Chen got Lucky, Cosmo went fishing at Buzzfeed, and Anna Wintour became a creative director. The ramifications of these many moves are still shaking out, and we can't wait to see more of what these many style stars can do.

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Photo: Firstview.
Rick Owens steps it up.
Fashion month is long and hard. While the clothes can be endlessly beautiful, sometimes even the most extravagant shows can get a bit bland. Rick Owens did not have that problem. He employed a team of step dancers instead of traditional models, and the results were absolutely outstanding and amazing. This was truly a moment in fashion history.

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Photo: Firstview.
Opening Ceremony goes big.
Speaking of extravagant shows and history-makers, NYC favorite brand Opening Ceremony held its first-ever runway show this year. In a giant, giant space. Complete with cars. Because if you're gonna do it, do it right.

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Photo: Firstview.
Galliano makes a comeback.
Many people are still reluctant to accept John Galliano back into the fashion fold after his fall from grace when video leaked of him using racial slurs. Nevertheless, he decided to make a go of it, with support from Oscar de la Renta and Vogue. Whether or not it sticks? It looks dicey, but anything can happen.

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Photo: REX USA/Rob Latour.
Cutouts jump the shark.
Last year, creative cutouts were everywhere you looked, from couture runways to more mass brands like TBA. But, eventually, enough was enough. We personally identify this outfit, on Jaimie Alexander at the Thor premiere, as the moment when cutouts went overboard. This is probably an issue with a lot of red-carpet gowns, but can you imagine sitting down in that thing?

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Photo: Courtesy of The Dreslyn.
The slouchification of fashion
In a move that delighted our inner couch potato, designers began to embrace the loose, boyish silhouette more than ever. For some, that meant track pants gone chic; for others, oversized got a polished, elegant makeover. And, of course, it all trickled down to the Zara racks for the world to see.

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Illustrated by Caitlin Owens.
Netflix takes the house.
Netflix has been pretty much on the up-and-up since it started offering endless TV and movies to potential shut-ins around the globe, but this year was a watershed moment for original content on the site. House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Arrested Development were the key titles that made this a viable medium for the future of television — and a serious threat to traditional providers.

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Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Records.
Beyoncé
THAT IS ALL.

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ARTPOP
If Beyoncé hadn't gone and changed everything, this would have been the most talked-about album of the year. That's largely due to the relentless promotion, from crazy outfits to impromptu performance art to leaks upon leaks upon leaks. We can say one thing: Gaga gave it her all. It's not her fault that Queen B stole the spotlight, and once the hype calms down, we will all return to our appreciation of ARTPOP without the shadow.

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Photo: BEImages/Matt Baron.
Miley everything, everywhere
Look, we know you hate to say it. But, there's no denying that Miley, her VMAs performance, her documentary, her revealing outfits, and that tongue made for some of the most clicked news of the year.

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Bye-bye, Bella
As Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson continued to attempt the monumental task of getting over Twilight, it seemed they also got over each other. Of course, the breakup came with a healthy dose of scandal, in the form of Stewart's affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanderson. Some say the pair has gotten back together since, but for now, that's just a pipe dream.

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Babies, royal and otherwise
Many wonderful births happened in 2013, but two that made major headlines and had bleary-eyed news writers on watch for weeks on end were the spawn of Kate Middleton and Prince William, and Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, respectively. If George Alexander and North West ever end up on a playdate together, well, that's going to be the biggest conglomeration of security guards the world has ever seen.

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Photo: Courtesy of Abercrombie & Fitch.
Lulu loses love.
Over the course of this year, both Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries and (former) Lululemon CEO Chip Wilson have managed to alienate, anger, and annoy thousands of customers. Their negative body-image talk, their judgmental attitudes, and general jerk behavior has done nothing to help the two brands — and Wilson's role has even been taken over by Laurent Potdevin, formerly of TOMS.

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Photo: BEImages/Jim Smeal.
Coming out, in more ways than one
Plenty of notable names came out of the closet this year, but what really struck a chord was the way they did it — without shame, without fear, and on their own terms. Maria Bello was just one of many who took this personal process into her own hands, cutting out the middleman and making some poignant statements in the process.

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Remember when everyone hated Anne Hathaway?
It seems crazy that anyone could be so passionately angry about the benevolent, quiet Ms. Hathaway now. But, back around the Oscars and her acceptance speech for Best Actress in Les Misérables, nobody could stand the sound of her voice. She's since retreated from the public eye, and we're hoping that when she returns, she'll be treated with the kindness and fairness she deserves, both as a human and as a talented actor.

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Photo: REX USA/London News Pictures/Rex.
Apple blesses you with its presence.
For the Cupertino crew, the hype has never been hotter than the release of Apple's new operating system, not to mention a golden iPhone and a plastic one, too. Sales went through the roof across the globe, and while the reviews of the phone were mixed, the new OS was met with resounding positivity on most fronts.

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Illustrated by Caitlin Owens.
Doge
Oh, Shibe. If you don't know about this meme, you are seriously missing out. It is hilarious, but it is also beyond explanation.

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Photo: Courtesy of Huy Fong Foods.
Woe is sriracha.
What is life without hot sauce? Pretty pointless, honestly. That much was certainly suggested by the fact that our Facebook and Twitter feeds were absolutely blowing up with the news that the California factory that manufactures the good stuff will be shut down due to the overpowering odor it releases unto its neighbors. They should be grateful, if you ask us.

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Photo: BEImages/Gregory Pace.
Acquisitions everywhere
Though many exciting things happened in the world of startups and tech businesses, such as Snapchat turning its nose up at Facebook, the biggest deal-maker of all was Yahoo's acquisition of Tumblr. The move was clearly part of buzzed-about CEO Marissa Meyer's attempts to renew the cool factor at the massive but stagnating site, but controversy ensued over just how much of the original spirit of Tumblr would be preserved.

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Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh.
The infamous cronut
It's a croissant mixed with a cronut. It is probably very unhealthy. But, for some reason, it was the cumulative obsession of many people for a solid few months. We eventually tried one, and honestly? Meh.

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Photo: Brian Patterson.
The equally infamous Rob Ford
Certainly, the mayor of Toronto smoking crack on videotape is big news for a lot of people. But, one of the fascinating things about this story was the way it took off across the entire Internet, catching the attention of millions who might not have otherwise cared. Thanks a lot, Gawker.

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Photo: Via GoRamen.
The even more infamous ramen burger
It's a burger, but instead of buns, there is ramen. It sounds dangerous and is definitely meant for those who like to live on the edge. It began at Smorgasburg, and then spread like a wildfire, bringing both horror and delight.

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Photo: REX USA/Beretta/Sims/Rex.
Yasss, Gaga!

It's hard to explain why this was so wonderful, but it was. A recording of a fan complimenting Gaga's outfits quickly became a regular quotation around our office, and while it may be getting old now, we'll always remember the good times.

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Photo: Via YouTube.
Ylvis
Nobody was quite sure of the nature of this video from Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis. It went viral, fast, but for a while, people actually thought it was serious. We were a bit disappointed to find out it was a joke — that kind of sincerity re: animal noises is disappointingly rare.

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Illustrated by Caitlin Owens.
FDA lays down the law.
This year, the FDA implemented several important new regulations. First, they banned trans fats, which sounds like a no brainer, but is actually a pretty significant move (and surprising given the response to Bloomberg's controversial soda ban). Then, they banned the use of antibiotics to help livestock gain weight, which reduces the presence of antibiotics both in meat and in the water supply. All told? They made some big strides this year, and there's more to come in 2014, including possible harsher regulation of antibacterial soaps.

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Photo: BEImages/Jim Smeal.
Angelina Jolie and the BRCA gene
Angelina Jolie often uses her fame for a good cause, but this year, it got personal when she penned a piece for The New York Times detailing her decision to get a preventive mastectomy. Her moving article wasn't just about personal struggle, though. It was also a PSA to all women and an effort to bring awareness to genetic predisposition toward breast cancer.

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Illustrated by Gabriela Alford.
Medical marijuana and MDMA
Marijuana has been in the news for many reasons, including recent legalization in Uruguay. But, this year, both the green stuff and MDMA (also known as Molly or ecstasy) were back in the news for possible medical benefits. Though the research is more limited in the case of MDMA and psychotherapeutic uses, marijuana has actually been shown to help children with seizure disorders.

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Porn cracks down.
No, we're not talking about restrictions on how much Internet porn is available (though, that happened). Rather, we're referring to an AIDS scare in the porn industry that led to California legislation requiring all porn actors to wear condoms. Obviously, the implications for the industry are widespread.

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Photo: REX USA/Eye Ubiquitous/Rex.
Probiotics and fecal transplants (ew?)
Probiotics continued their reign of the health-and-wellness news circuit this year, but one particularly interesting development regarding your gut concerns the advent of fecal transplants, commonly known as poop pills. Sounds gross, but it's not so bad. Basically, the bacterial colony of a healthy person is separated from fecal matter and given via transplant or pill to a person with digestive issues — and the results can be dramatically better.

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Photographed by Liz Clayman.
Carbs get the short straw.
Fad diets come and go, and we've certainly seen carb hatred before. This year, though, it manifested itself through a number of diets that saw a trendy resurgence due to their promise of natural, healthy weight loss. Whether or not those claims were true was, and is, cause for debate.

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Illustrated by Emily Kowzan.
Revenge porn on the rise.
Like most things on the Internet, the easy share-ability of photos has a downside. This year saw the rise of unfortunate instances of revenge porn sites, which solicit the private nude photos of unsuspecting women — usually ex-girlfriends — posted without consent or even knowledge. Besides being terrible, this is a legal can of worms, and it marks yet another growing pain of the Internet age.

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Photographed by Kava Gorna.
Return of the thigh-gap
Unfortunately, all too many women have had experience with this holy grail of thinspiration for years. In 2013, a renewed obsession with the "thigh gap" on platforms like Instagram and Tumblr made its way into the national conversation. That, in turn, played into the reignited conversation about female body image — including some experts weighing in to note that this particular body shape may not even be physically achievable for some women without taking very extreme measures.

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Illustrated by Caitlin Owens.
Mars-bound
The landing and subsequent roving of the Mars Rover was one of the most exciting and defining moments in science and space exploration since, well, ever. The results are still rolling in while the little guy keeps rolling around up there, but the implications — including possible sightings of flowing water — could drastically change our understanding of this planet and our solar system.

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The Boston Marathon bombing
There's no need to explain why this was such a monumental — and monumentally sad — moment in history. It was a narrative that was filled with both tragedy and inspiring heroics from citizens helping out strangers. The conversation that evolved around the event was, arguably, equally important. From the confused and violent manhunt to the controversial Rolling Stone cover, what happened in Boston tapped into a number of hot-button issues surrounding domestic terrorism that had lain somewhat dormant over a decade after 9/11.

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Typhoon Haiyan
Though many severe storms come through the Phillippines each year, disaster preparedness across the country's many islands is still far from ideal. When Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon in the area ever recorded, hit in November, predictions were dire. Over 6,000 people were killed and many more left homeless.

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Unrest in Egypt
Though there was initially optimism when Mohamed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood, assumed the Egyptian presidency after the Arab Spring, this year many felt he hadn't lived up to his promises. And, indeed, Morsi's unpopularity reached a tipping point when he created legislation that essentially gave him unlimited power. Morsi was ousted and put on house arrest, and the country fell under military rule as clashes broke out between sects in Cairo. Protesters from both sides were killed, but the military came down hard on Morsi supporters, though publicly toting their tolerance of such protests and denying the use of ammunition.

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Photo: REX USA/David von Blohn/NurPhoto/Rex.
Snowden International
Edward Snowden and the information he leaked regarding the NSA's spying on American citizens constituted some of the biggest, most shocking, and longest running news of the year. While Snowden has escaped prosecution in the United States — a land divided between supporters and those who call him a traitor —  the ramifications of that information won't be disappearing for a long, long time.

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Trayvon Martin and everything after
After Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in 2012, the case shot immediately to the forefront of national news. The verdict, acquitting Zimmerman, spawned widespread protests this summer and, in some ways, set far ends of the political spectrum further apart than ever.

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Legends lost
A couple of notable names who passed away this year: Lou Reed, Roger Ebert, Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Cory Monteith, and Paul Walker. Some were the result of long battles with illness; others shocked us out of nowhere; all marked massive swellings of affection and appreciation for these figures and their lives.

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Shut it down.
When Congress, under extreme partisanship spurred on by the Affordable Care Act, was unable to settle on fiscal negotiations for the coming year, there was apparently only one solution: Just call it quits. So, for the first half of October, the government closed up shop, leaving some 800,000 employees out of work. Eventually, Congress arrived at a sort-of compromise on the Continued Appropriations Bill, 2014, extending the debt ceiling until February 7.

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Goodbye, DOMA
After years of controversy and some very heartbreaking stories, the Defense of Marriage Act made its way up to the Supreme Court in a case brought by Edith Windsor. DOMA, as it is known, was then declared unconstitutional in June. In a year that was, in many ways, marked by violence, the celebratory gatherings around the country were enough to bring happy tears to many eyes.

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Pope Francis, coolest pope ever?
While the naming of a new pope is certainly an important event, it's rare that it go beyond pomp and circumstance to make its way into many more varied conversations. Pope Francis' informal manner and his tendency to make liberal-leaning comments on issues of poverty, capitalism, and even marriage equality have made him one of the more beloved popes in recent memory, even in the few short months he's been "in office."

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Disarmament in Syria and Iran
While the situations were entirely different in each country, both Syria and Iran reached milestones regarding their internal weapons programs and their international relations. Only recently, Iranian officials have indicated that a final plan to end nuclear weapons development in exchange for trade sanctions relief could be just over the horizon. Earlier in 2013, in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad was accused of using chemical weapons on civilians. While it looked, for a time, that Obama would call for American military action, a tentative plan to destroy the weapons was reached — though the actual results are still pending.

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Photo: Courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sg.t James L. Harper, Jr.
Drones
Unmanned aircrafts have been in use by the U.S. military for some time, but this year, the conversation reached a fever pitch amid strikes in Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, and elsewhere. Oh, and there was that whole Amazon drone delivery thing, too...

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The Obamacare fiasco
Though the Affordable Care Act was never exactly a peaceful, argument-free process for the Obama administration, the fail and ensuing media frenzy that was the debut of its website made things no easier. Only now are those problems beginning to truly resolve; and, undoubtedly, we won't know just how successful the legislation is, objectively speaking, for months to come.

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