(CNSNews.com) - 2012 was a momentous year, with an election, a Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare and the death of a legend, Judge Robert Bork.
But the CNSNews.com stories that captured your imagination during 2012 weren't always the same ones that captured headlines on TV news, or appeared in newspapers or on other Web sites.
-- An Oregon man jailed for collecting rainwater on his property.
-- An explosion in new regulations from the Obama administration.
-- A strange incident in which the president twice referred in speeches to “my sons” – despite the fact that he has two daughters.
With the dawning of 2013 at hand, the editors of CNSNews.com have assembled the traditional Top 10 List of the most widely read stories that we published during the year.
Here they are:
Our top story came in July, when we reported that a rural Oregon man was sentenced to 30 days in jail and told to pay over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater and snow runoff. Gary Harrington of Eagle Point, Ore., subsequently reported to serve his term.
In November, after Election Day, CNSNews.com reported that Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said the Republican Party in Congress “got whiter and more male” with the last election, while the Democratic caucus is “majority minority and female.”
In just one 90-day period, the Obama administration posted 6,125 regulations and notices on its Regulations.gov Web site -- for an average of 68 new regs a day, CNSNews.com found.
In a Nov. 21 story, we reported that families in Hurricane Sandy-ravaged New Jersey will face the highest tax increase as a percentage of their income – 6.82 percent or about $6,933 more in taxes -- if Congress failed to reach an agreement on the fiscal cliff tax issues during the lame-duck session.
On May 25 story, CNSNews.com reported that during two campaign speeches made over a two day period, President Obama mistakenly mentioned “my sons” when defending his administration’s regulation requiring virtually all health-care plans in the United States to provide women, without any fees or co-pay, with sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that can cause abortions.
In April, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) took to the Senate floor to draw attention to a video of a top EPA official who said the EPA’s “philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies - just as the Romans crucified random citizens in areas they conquered to ensure obedience.
In the most precipitous decline in more than a year, President Barack Obama's job approval rating dropped 7 points in just three days, CNSNews.com reported Oct. 25. A Gallup poll taken over a three day period ending Oct. 23, found 53 percent of Americans said they approved of the job Obama was doing and 42 percent said they did not.
The Social Security Administration, in a blog, tried to explain that it needed to buy 174,000 rounds of hollow-point ammunition because of “employee and visitor safety.”
In February, a top Muslim Brotherhood official warned the U.S. that any cuts in foreign aid to Egypt could affect Cairo’s peace treaty with Israel.
A University of Texas journalism professor, known for his hard-left politics, called Thanksgiving a “white-supremacist holiday” and said that “some of its most revered historical figures had certain moral values and political views virtually identical to Nazis.”