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The 2013 Year In Politics As Explained Through "Toy Story" GIFs

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Posted on December 19, 2013, at 4:45 p.m. ET

2013 started out really well for President Barack Obama.

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He had a mandate to continue his first-term agenda coming off a massive electoral victory.

Republicans, maintaining control of the House, returned to Washington with this attitude:

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And the clashes between Obama and the Republicans began almost immediately.

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First, Obama and the Democrats pushed really hard for background checks on gun purchases.

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But even with a majority in the Senate, the Democrats couldn't get the votes.

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Next on the agenda, the administration made a big push for immigration reform.

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But Republicans could not compromise and just danced around the issue.

And that effort fell limp as well.

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And is currently wallowing in the House.

The administration's agenda was further derailed by a massive NSA spying scandal.

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After this one punk kid named Snowden burnt through some major national secrets.

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Then another scandal surfaced, after it was revealed the IRS discriminated against Tea Party groups when reviewing applications for tax-exempt status.

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The scandal led to bipartisan outrage and heads rolling at the IRS while the Tea Party demanded to be taken seriously.

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These scandals hurt the administration's credibility and rallied Republican opposition against him.

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Then a dictator in Syria allegedly used chemical weapons against his own people.

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Obama had promised America would intervene in the Syria's two-year civil war that's left many, many thousands dead if this happened.

But Republicans were not convinced that America needed to intervene even though Obama was demanding it.

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Republicans asked Obama to bring his case for war to the Hill.

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That just did not work out for the administration.

Then came the battle over the launch of Obamacare.

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One new, loud Senator decided to stand as long as he could to stop Obamacare from being implemented.

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That did not really work out.

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Republicans decided to grow some wings and shut down the government.

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During the entire shutdown, Obama kept screaming at the Republicans:

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And no matter how hard the Republicans tried, they could not stop the Obamacare exchanges from launching.

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The entire shutdown really just amounted to the Republicans falling with style.

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So Republicans were forced to watch the administration rollout Obamacare:

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Major problem for Obama: The Obamacare website was a disaster that hurt his approval ratings and further weakened confidence in the administration.

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And by the end of the year. Obama and many leaders in Washington feel like this:

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But at least Congress did finally decide to pass a budget agreement this week!

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And don't worry, the midterm elections are right around the corner!

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