Top 10 American Political Stories Of 2014
2014 was a year of crises and commotion for Washington and of course President Barrack Obama. The rise of ISIS, the spread of Ebola and the riots against brutality of police all these created chaos in America. Here are the top ten political stories of 2014.
10. Resignation of Kathleen Sebelius- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned after 7 million enroll in Obamacare. It took months for the Sebelius to set right the repairs and to achieve the expected signups for Obama’s signature project.
9. Torture report against CIA- The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report in December which stated the details of the ruthless interrogation tactics used by the CIA after the 9/11 terrorist attack. Though CIA head, John Brennan called the tactics as “abhorrent,” he also said that agency is doing many right things needed to protect the country from another terrorist attack.
8. VA healthcare scandal- The report that veterans in the country faced long wait times at VA hospitals and as many as 40 patients have died while awaiting care created an outrage. The Congress was forced to pass the legislation to overhaul the VA health care system.Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki resigned in May.
7. Chris Christie’s traffic scandal- After the decisive re-election victory in a purple state, New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie found himself engrossed in a malicious traffic scandal. He has been linked to the closing of lanes on the George Washington Bridge for a “traffic study” last September to take revenge on Mayor of Fort Lee.
6. Protest against police brutality- The shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri and the choke-hold death of Eric Garner in New York City compelled Americans to take to the streets to protest against police brutality and racial profiling.
5. Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration- An increase in the unaccompanied minors crossing the Mexican border brought America’s immigration crisis to the forefront. The president blamed the Republicans for the situation as they refused to vote on the legislation passed in 2013. Obama took unilateral actions after the midterms in November.
4. Establishment beat tea party in the GOP primaries- Establishment Republicans facing primary challenges from tea party supported candidates survived with ease. The exception was former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s shocking primary defeat to David Brat in Virginia.
3. Ebola enters US- The death of a Liberian man in Dallas caused panic in the country. It became a campaign issue in the 2014 midterm elections
2. Rise of ISIS- U.S. began air strikes and rallied other countries to prevent the Islamic militants from taking hold of Iraq and Syria.
1. GOP secures majority- the popularity of president Obama is decreasing as GOP picked up nine Senate seats, gaining the majority in the upper chamber in 2015.