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The New York Times highlights some of the highlights of its modest “The Year in Congress” coverage

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If we tried to predict the future, we’d find it hard to meet our holiday deadlines. When this season began, we hoped to finish a public diplomacy effort to save the lives of Syrian children with an emergency exhibit to be housed at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. (It is in fact going on right now.) And of course, we hoped not to send Marc Lasry to prison for insider trading.

What we failed to anticipate was the increased number of things to track — this year, from war crimes to a community in search of a home, to the odd politician facing challenges in his own party and in the midterm elections, to the prospect of an unprecedented Trump impeachment.

And these are only the items we tracked in 2018. Over the course of the year, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, Slate, Yahoo, and other publications often kept audiences at a sprawling arena up until the last second: Trump outsmarted the entire Establishment, several Democratic House and Senate majorities were unlikely, rumors flew that the media was no longer a permanent presence in Washington, and Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh was facing the toughest confirmation challenge he had ever faced.

These were a few highlights of our modest “The Year in Congress” coverage. As we consider 2019, we hope readers will look for more of these pieces in years to come.

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