A Look Back at the First Decade of the 21st Century

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Remember the Y2K computer meltdown? It was predicted for the change of the millennium exactly ten years ago tonight. It never happened. Instead, the US has been rocked by a decade of unexpected calamities. Time magazine calls the last ten years "the decade from Hell," based on a historic series of unexpected calamities from September 11, 2001 to the Great Recession. The image of the United States has been badly tarnished in the minds of people around the world, and in the opinion of many Americans themselves. But despite political scandals, natural disasters, military failures and the loss of millions of jobs, 80% say they're happy enough about their personal lives. Will they respond to President Obama's call of a year ago to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and start over again?


Frank Newport - Gallup Poll - @gallup, Larry Sabato - Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball. He’s author of “The Kennedy Half Century; The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy.” - @larrysabato, Felix Salmon - Host of the Slate Money podcast, WIRED - @felixsalmon, Robin Wright - contributing writer at The New Yorker magazine, and a joint fellow at U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson Center - @wrightr, Brian Jenkins - RAND Corporation - @BrianMJenkins

Warren Olney

Christian Bordal, Karen Radziner