2017 was a political roller coaster — check out the top 5 twists and turns

2017 was a political roller coaster — check out the top 5 twists and turns
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2017 was a whirlwind for Washington, D.C. Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE promised to “drain the swamp,” but his administration has been stuck in an investigative morass as the FBI probes Russia’s ties to the president’s win, and members of the Trump team have played a grim game of musical chairs as the fallout spreads. Elected officials struggled to make good on their campaign promises, resulting in a Congress with the lowest approval ratings on record — and a tough row to hoe as lawmakers look to 2018 and beyond.

Outside of Washington, the Year of the Woman has weeded out politicians from both sides of the aisle, including Alabama Senate candidate Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreFormer AG Sessions enters Alabama Senate race Campaign ad casts Sessions as a 'traitor' ahead of expected Senate run Doug Jones on potential challenge from Sessions: Alabama GOP primary will be 'really divisive' MORE and Minnesota Democrat Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenTake Trump literally and seriously in Minnesota Ninth woman accuses Al Franken of inappropriate contact Al Franken to host SiriusXM radio show MORE — and women say they won’t stop there. All the while, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonImpeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP GOP divided over impeachment trial strategy 'Too Far Left' hashtag trends on Twitter MORE managed to stay in the headlines, whether Democrats want her there or not. And The Hill’s Contributors covered it all.

Trump inauguration

1. A new kind of president

The election of Donald Trump took much of the country by surprise, and as the president works to cement his legacy, there are those who don’t think he’ll make it to 2020.


2. Russia and the swamp

Before the gold paint had begun to dry at the White House, questions about Russia’s involvement in the election were growing, becoming a massive FBI investigation that has felled Trump stalwarts from Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortGates sentencing set for next month Yovanovitch says John Solomon's columns were used to push false allegations Trump bemoans 'double standard' in Stone conviction MORE to Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonJury finds Stone guilty of lying to Congress Jury set to begin deliberating in Stone trial The Hill's Morning Report - Diplomats kick off public evidence about Trump, Ukraine MORE.

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3. A struggling Congress

The Trump administration isn’t the only one having a tough year; from record-breaking protests throughout the country to surprise election losses, the nation is giving lawmakers a failing grade as it rides a populist wave.

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4. The Year of the Woman

One of the biggest campaign stories of the year was the race to replace longtime Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTo understand death behind bars, we need more information White House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations The Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field MORE, who was appointed attorney general in Trump’s Cabinet. Republican Roy Moore was widely expected to take the seat — that is, until the #MeToo movement came to Alabama and delivered a win to Democrats. The sexual assault backlash also made its way to Washington, forcing the resignation of Democratic Sen. Al Franken. And as 2018 fast approaches, women are taking their fight to the ballot box, running for office in droves.

Hillary Clinton

5. The question of Clinton

The one constant throughout the year has been the looming figure of Hillary Clinton. The 2016 contender may have lost her bid for the Oval Office, but her campaign, along with the Democratic National Committee, generated headlines for their actions in 2016 — and lost a lot of goodwill for the former secretary of State.

What will the next year bring in politics? Stay tuned!