Has this ever happened to you? Your curmudgeonly uncle Rip wanders up into the mountains around the New Year, goes missing, gives everyone a good scare, and then emerges, as if from a night’s sleep, a year later. After all the rejoicing, you have to explain to him everything that happened in the past year, since he missed all of it. To make matters worse, uncle Rip is a policy nerd. He wants the wonky details.
It’s very frustrating! It’s hard to know where to start, and to remember everything that mattered that year. That’s where we come in. Here’s your guide, in graphs and gifs, to what happened this past year, what could have but didn’t, and what kept happening from years previous. Hopefully it’ll solve the Rip problem. [cont.]
Dylan Matthews, Washington Post