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 TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy 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 MooreVulnerable Senate Democrat urges unity: 'Not about what side of the aisle we're on' Sessions hits back at Trump days ahead of Alabama Senate runoff Judge allows Roy Moore lawsuit over Sacha Baron Cohen prank to proceed MORE and Minnesota Democrat Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenGOP Senate candidate says Trump, Republicans will surprise in Minnesota Peterson faces fight of his career in deep-red Minnesota district Getting tight — the psychology of cancel culture MORE — and women say they won’t stop there. All the while, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhat Senate Republicans have said about election-year Supreme Court vacancies Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Trump carries on with rally, unaware of Ginsburg's death 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 ManafortOur Constitution is under attack by Attorney General William Barr Bannon trial date set in alleged border wall scam Conspicuous by their absence from the Republican Convention MORE to Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonJuan Williams: Swamp creature at the White House Engineers say privately funded border wall is poorly constructed and set to fail: report Bannon and Maxwell cases display DOJ press strategy chutzpah 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.

women's march
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 SessionsTrump's policies on refugees are as simple as ABCs Ocasio-Cortez, Velázquez call for convention to decide Puerto Rico status White House officials voted by show of hands on 2018 family separations: report 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!