It’s been a busy, exciting year in the news, and we’ve done our best to both chronicle and explain it every day. Check out Jorge Rivas’s hair-raising video looking back on all that news–2011 in 90 seconds! It’s fun.

Today is the last day will publish this year–we’ve gotta go spend some time with our families and loved ones. And we’ve gotta get rested and ready for what will be a busy and significant year, dominated by the national debate over priorities that a presidential election brings. This week, we’ve published a series of short essays looking ahead to that discussion. If you’ve missed any, they’ll make great end-of-the-year reading, while we’re out. Here’s a recap:

The Arc Is Bending Toward Justice. But That Doesn’t Make Our Work Easier
by Rinku Sen

The 2012 Attack on Reproductive Rights Will Trade on Women of Color
by Akiba Solomon

Will Young Voters Steal the Show in 2012? Maybe, If Lawmakers Listen
by Jamilah King

Our Economy Was Built on Bull. Until We Admit That, We’re Screwed
by Kai Wright

From the family to all of yours, we wish you a happy holiday and a healthy new year. See you in 2012!