What a year it’s been: A month-by-month look back at 2018's biggest stories

If you felt like you lived a decade in the last year, you're not alone.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE's second year in office was a nonstop news event that began and ended with government shutdowns.

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In between, there was a midterm campaign and election that resulted in the flipping of the House majority to Democrats, a string of deadly gun shootings that turned a group of student-survivors into political leaders and the most volatile Supreme Court confirmation in decades.

And that was just the beginning.

Read on for a look back at how The Hill covered some of the top stories of the year:

JANUARY: First shutdown of the year

FEBRUARY: A devastating school shooting

MARCH: Stormy Daniels storms onto the scene

 APRIL: Prosecutors home in on Cohen

  • April 19: The Justice Department released Comey’s memos in which he detailed a number of personal encounters with Trump. 
  • April 19: The United Kingdom became the first nation to issue a ban on single-use plastic straws, an eco-friendly move that was mimicked by companies, cities and other bodies globally.
  • April 26: House Chaplain Patrick Conroy is forced from his position by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). The decision proves controversial, with calls from Democrats and Republicans that Conroy be reinstated. Conroy rescinded his resignation days later.
  • April 28: Comedian Michelle Wolf took heat from conservatives and journalists alike after a controversial set at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, where she took aim at a number of targets and particularly White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The association apologized for Wolf and later would tap historian Ron Chernow to be the entertainment at the 2019 dinner instead of a traditional comedian.

MAY: First shots fired in trade war

JUNE: A historic summit

  • June 4: Trump disinvited the Super Bowl–champion Philadelphia Eagles from the White House, citing the team’s participation in protests during the national anthem. He later held a “Celebration of America” event instead. 
  • June 5, 8: Two famous figures, fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef and journalist Anthony Bourdain, died by suicide, raising public awareness of mental health and a growing suicide rate
  • June 6: Trump granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug conviction, after meeting with reality star Kim Kardashian West. Trump pardoned a number of big names this year, including conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and the late boxing champion Jack Johnson. The moves tied into a wider bipartisan effort to pass a criminal justice reform overhaul, which Trump signed into law after passage by Congress in December. 

JULY: Trump meets Putin

AUGUST: Guilty, guilty 

  • Aug. 3: Trump launched a feud with NBA superstar LeBron James by tweeting that CNN host Don Lemon “made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.” The comment sparked a resurgence of accusations that Trump frequently targets the intelligence of African-American athletes and celebrities. 

SEPTEMBER: A controversial Supreme Court fight

  • Sept. 3: Nike featured former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in its 50th anniversary “Just Do It” ad campaign, prompting boycotts and backlash from opponents of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem at games to protest racial inequality and police brutality, a movement popularized by Kaepernick.  

OCTOBER: Khashoggi is killed

  • Oct. 2: Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, where it was later admitted he was killed. Trump angered senators and the international community by refusing to blame Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for involvement in the murder. The Senate ultimately passed a measure formally naming the crown prince “responsible.”
  • Oct. 7: The United Nations released a dire report warning that the world may be on a path toward catastrophic climate change if greenhouse gas emissions are not dramatically reduced by 2030. 
  • Oct. 11: Kanye West, an outspoken supporter of Trump, visited the White House for a meeting with the president in the Oval Office, during which the rapper launched into a profane monologue regarding his mental health struggles, the prison system and airplanes.   

NOVEMBER: Dems take House in midterms

  • Nov. 6: Democrats took back control of the House, but Republicans held on to the Senate in the 2018 midterm elections. Democrats also gained several state governorships, though two of the party's biggest stars, Andrew Gillum and Stacy Abrams, lost gubernatorial contests in Florida and Georgia. 
  • Nov. 7: Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions the day after the midterm elections. Trump had long criticized Sessions for recusing himself from the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference. He later nominated former Attorney General William Barr to replace Sessions.
  • Nov. 7: The White House suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta following a testy exchange with Trump, marking a boiling point in Trump’s feud with the media. A judge ordered the White House to reinstate the credentials.   

DECEMBER: Government shuttered yet again 

  • Dec. 1: Former President George H.W. Bush died at the age of 94. At his funeral, Trump joined former Presidents Obama, Clinton, Carter and George W. Bush. Trump and first lady Melania Trump sat next to the Obamas and Clintons. Trump and the Clintons did not appear to speak.
  • Dec. 4: Mueller recommended no prison time for former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, citing his “substantial assistance” with the Russia investigation. Flynn pleaded guilty roughly one year earlier to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with the Russian ambassador. Later in the month, Flynn's sentencing was delayed. 
  • Dec. 11: Time magazine named murdered and imprisoned journalists as their “Person of the Year,” with a series of covers honoring “The Guardians and the War on Truth."