21 Top News Stories of the Year

BY Lucas Grindley

November 14 2011 4:00 AM ET

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 18. The Bachmann Family Business
Michele Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, own Christian counseling clinics that became the subject of a hidden-camera sting by Truth Wins Out, which showed so-called reparative therapy being offered to patients. The Minnesota congresswoman spent much of her presidential campaign afterward dodging questions about her antigay beliefs (and falling poll numbers).

(RELATED: Hidden Camera Finds Reparative Therapy at Bachmann's Clinics)