Infoplease Features Highs and Lows of 2013 in Special “Year in Review”

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Trusted Reference Site Highlights U.S. and Global Events From 2013 That Will Shape 2014

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At Infoplease, our ‘2013 Year in Review’ puts those events in context for visitors, allowing them to recapture and reflect on them in a concise and well-organized way.

2013 was a year to remember – both in the United States and around the world. From the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombing and the government shutdown on the domestic scene to the installation of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new Pope to the testing of nuclear weapons in North Korea internationally, Infoplease looks back on the newsworthy events that will transform the way we live in 2014. Visitors can turn to the trusted reference site’s “2013 Year in Review” to reflect on and delve more deeply into the events and people who made headlines in 2013.

The site’s “News of the Nation” section covers the many events that illustrate the dysfunction that plagued Congress and our federal government throughout 2013. In “The Troubled Debut of the Affordable Care Act,” visitors can trace the history of Obamacare and consider the facts and statistics surrounding this new federal healthcare legislation. An article on the U.S. economy in 2013 chronicles the year’s slow economic and job growth and other events, such as the government shutdown and the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing, that have impacted economic recovery.

The article, “Breakthrough Year for Same-Sex Marriage,” provides an overview of how public opinion has shifted in favor of gay marriage, with several states legalizing same-sex marriage and the Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage in two cases. In “The Gun Battle in 2013,” Infoplease discusses the ongoing conflict over Second Amendment rights as gun-related tragedies continued to occur at schools, airports and other public places in 2013.

“When we begin to catalog the events of the past year, it is always amazing to consider the significance of what occurred and to think about the impact on our lives in the New Year," said Jess M. Brallier, publisher, Infoplease. “At Infoplease, our ‘2013 Year in Review’ puts those events in context for visitors, allowing them to recapture and reflect on them in a concise and well-organized way.”

Conflict and controversy dominated world events in 2013, and the bloody civil war in Syria remained one of the most intractable issues of 2013. Infoplease’s section on the “Major World News Stories of 2013” features Edward Snowden and the diplomatic fallout that resulted after he leaked NSA surveillance documents to the media, and the positive steps toward peace that have occurred in the Middle East.

Infoplease visitors can also participate in two online polls, sharing their opinions on the biggest news story of 2013 and their greatest hopes for 2014.

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