I've put together my list of the top 10 news stories of 2012. But before I unveil the list, here's a couple of observations. The "fiscal cliff" that Washington has been obsessed with in recent weeks is not one of the top stories of the year because it is a completely manufactured crisis designed to move public attention away from the urgent need to create jobs toward the far less urgent need to reduce the deficit.
Second, I don't know how this happened, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seems to be involved in several of my top 10 stories of the year. Read on to see what made the list ... and what didn't.— Keith Boykin