President Barack Obama, accompanied by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., in the Capitol Rotunda. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
(CNSNews.com) -- The year 2010 was a banner year for stories at CNSNews.com. From the thousands of reports that appeared on the CNSNews.com Web site last year, we have selected 25 of the most memorable stories that had impact in the media and in the public square.
One of the most memorable stories, for example, was a Nov. 29 report on a Christmastime exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, which featured art containing a video of an ant-covered crucifix, photographs of naked brothers kissing, men in chains, Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts, and more. The story sparked headlines across the country and abroad, and prompted House leaders John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to call for the video's removal, which the Smithsonian did, one day after the CNSNews.com story was published.
The Smithsonian admitted that this was the first time in its history that it had removed an art work because of the news coverage it generated.
Throughout 2010, CNSNews.com looked below the surface of issues and behind the headlines to report stories that no other news outlets sought to cover.
The Top 25 memorable stories of 2010 from CNSNews.com are as follows:
A crucifix in the video “A Fire in My Belly,” part of the ‘Hide/Seek’ exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The image shows Christ on the cross with ants crawling over his body and face. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)
In this Oct. 1, 2010 file photo, a Happy Meal box and toy are shown outside of a McDonald's restaurant in San Francisco. City lawmakers on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, approved legislation that they hope will force fast-food chains such as McDonald's to make their children's meals healthier or stop selling them with toys. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)