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 TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative 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 MooreGOP Senate candidate 'pissed off' at Trump over health care for veterans Durbin says he has second thoughts about asking for Franken's resignation Alabama GOP senate candidate says 'homosexual activities' have ruined TV, country's moral core MORE and Minnesota Democrat Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenFormer GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again MORE — and women say they won’t stop there. All the while, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy The ideological divide on vaping has a clear winner: Smokers Biden struggles to hit it off with millennials 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 ManafortEx-Trump campaign aide Rick Gates testifies against former Obama counsel Gregory Craig Trial of ex-Obama White House counsel suddenly postponed Top Mueller probe prosecutor to join Georgetown Law as lecturer MORE to Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonWeld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump The specter of Steve Bannon may loom over 2020 Trump campaign Sunday shows - Trump's Epstein conspiracy theory retweet grabs spotlight 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 SessionsA better way to run the Federal Bureau of Prisons Trump admin erases key environmental enforcement tool DOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda 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!