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United States Senate special election in Massachusetts, 2010

Tea Party candidate Scott Brown defeats Martha Coakley for Ted Kennedy's seat in an upset.


Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010

A success of Pres. Obama's presidency, repealed Clinton's policy which effectively banned gays from the military.


Citizens United v. FEC

(2010) Found that corporations have First Amendment rights and can't be restricted in their political donations.


Tea Party movement

In 2010, this rightist movement gained momentum and was able to exploit fears of Obamacare to drag the country to the right.


Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Controversial 2010 legislation which increased the quality of health care in the United States. It was effective in increasing the number of insured Americans.


Space policy of the Barack Obama administration

Laid out in 2010: includes increasing NASA funding, and a manned mission to Mars by the 2030s preceded by a manned asteroid mission in 2025.


Deepwater Horizon oil spill

2010, worst environmental disaster ever. BP was found responsible but avoided paying heavy fines.


Arizona SB 1070

The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act. A 2010 Arizona law supported by Republican gov. Jan Brewer which required all immigrants to carry proof of documentation on them at all time. It was criticized as promoting racial profiling.


2010 Times Square car bombing attempt

A failed car bombing attempt which was immediately connected to Pakistan by Sec. of state Clinton and the Obama administration.


The Flash Crash

In May 2010, the stock market suddenly crashed, losing trillions of dollars (9%) and rebounding in the same day. The cause appears to have been scores of market manipulation.


Texting while driving

A societal norm since 2000, in the late 2000s states began outlawing the practice although it continues to plague teen culture.


Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

A 2010 law signed by Pres. Obama which was the most major overhaul of the US economic system since the Great Depression.


Hollingsworth v. Perry

(2013) Since no governor of California agreed to defend Prop. 8, it remains unconstitutional.


Terry Jones

A Florida pastor whose various Quran burning events in 2010 and 2011 led to over 50 deaths.


2010 United States elections

The Republican Party sailed to widespread victory, as a result of many Independent-aligned Americans subscribing to Tea Party philosophy.


Four Loko

Caffeinated malt liquor beverages which came under national scrutiny in 2010 as a public safety concern.


United States Senate election in Alaska, 2010

Incumbent moderate Republican Lisa Murkowski was defeated in her primary by a Tea Party and Palin sponsored candidate, but went on to win the election through write-in votes.


WikiLeaks scandal

In 2010, Julian Assange published a series of confidential documents to his website Wikileaks- creating a division in public opinion as to whether he is a patriot or villain.


2010 Tax Relief Act

A compromise between Pres. Obama and GOPs in the House. Extended the Bush Tax Cuts while promoting stimulatory growth by strengthening unemployment benefits.



Legislation first proposed in 2010 for the purpose of granting conditional residency to illegal aliens that are pursuing an education or career.



Legislation signed in 2010 by President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia for the purpose of repairing US-Russian relations which had deteriorated since the Georgian War.


2011 Tucson shooting

Democrat Gabrielle Giffords was shot by a deranged gunman in an attack which was at first believed to be political in nature. Led to widespread criticism of American partisanship.


2011 Wisconsin protests

Protests led against Gov. Scott Walker in response to a proposed budget bill which would've limited the rights of unions. Occupation of the Wisconsin capital by over 100000 led to numerous recall elections.


Snyder v. Phelps

(2011) Upheld the right of the Westboro Baptist Church to protest,


Birther Movement

Beginning in 2008, a sizable group of Americans accused Pres. Obama of being born in Kenya. These unfounded attacks were levied against him by many powerful individuals.


Death of Osama bin Laden

In 2011, Pres. Obama's administration oversaw the death and burial at sea of Osama bin Laden.



Refers to scandals in 2011 and 2013 in which US Rep. Anthony Weiner was embroiled in sexting accusations.


2011 military intervention in Libya

The UN obligated the USA to carpet bomb areas of Libya in response to Muammar Gaddafi's human rights abuses. Ten members of the House brought impeachment charges against Pres. Obama because the action was done without Congressional approval.


Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association

(2011) S.C. struck down California law forbidding sale of video games to minors as video games are free speech.


Brown v. Plata

(2011) Demanded that California reduce its number of prisoners.