What’s likely to make news in 2012

We pause to consider some of what lies ahead in the new year, from culture to politics, technology, the economy, sports, and casinos that may crop up in sight of the city on a hill.

Will 2012 be the year for economic optimists?

Here are six reasons to be pessimistic about the economy in the new year, and six to be optimistic. Together, these 12 for ’12 could add up to another wild ride.

Bills at Patriots, 1 p.m.

Patriots’ keys to a Week 17 victory over the Bills

The Boston Globe breaks down the X’s and O’s for the Patriots’ Week 17 matchup with the Bills and offers a prediction for who will win.

Newt Gingrich, ahead of Tuesday’s caucuses, chatted with people during a lunch stop yesterday at The Farmer’s Kitchen restaurant in Atlantic, Iowa.


Laden with baggage, Newt Gingrich tries to defy odds

As Gingrich seeks the GOP presidential nomination, he is fighting not just for the country’s future, as he often proclaims, but also against his past.

http://c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/01/01/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/01romney--90x90.jpg Momentum in Iowa tilting toward Romney

Iowa voters may deliver a caucus plot twist Tuesday that seemed unlikely just a few short weeks ago: propelling Romney toward the Republican presidential nomination.

Editor’s choice

Ten of the most memorable Boston Globe stories from 2011.

“Negative advertising is popular among campaign strategists because it works. So what it says about us is that we pay attention to it, even as we decry it.”

Jeffrey Berry,  a Tufts University political science professor


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December wraps up as second-warmest on record

There has been no measurable snowfall in the area since late October, a rare stretch making for gleeful golfers and a dramatic change from last winter.


President Obama’s election-year strategy is an attempt to capitalize on his recent victory on a short-term extension of the payroll tax cut and on his rising poll numbers.

Obama to escalate assault on Congress

President Obama plans to step up his offensive against Congress, concluding he cannot pass any major legislation in 2012 because of Republican hostility toward his agenda.

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Mayo provides solid backing for Patriots

The Patriots offense might get most of the attention, but Jerod Mayo has been a consistent presence on a defense that has taken more criticism than a presidential candidate.


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In 2012, the best place to . . .

It’s the little things that matter, so resolve to make the most of them in 2012 - starting with our micro sampler of random hot spots around the world.