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 Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again 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.

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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 MooreRoy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama Alabama secretary of state announces Senate bid Nikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party' MORE and Minnesota Democrat Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Mexican officials scramble to avoid Trump tariffs The Hill's Morning Report - Tariff battle looms as Trump jabs 'foolish' Senate GOP Barbs start to fly ahead of first Democratic debate MORE — and women say they won’t stop there. All the while, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Ocasio-Cortez on Biden: 'I think that he's not a pragmatic choice' MORE managed to stay in the headlines, whether Democrats want her there or not. And The Hill’s Contributors covered it all.



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 ManafortREAD: Hannity, Manafort messages released by judge Manafort, Hannity talk Trump, Mueller in previously undisclosed messages FBI, warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway MORE to Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin Bannon Ocasio-Cortez: 'I want to know about the racism' involved with census citizenship question CNN's Jim Acosta: Trump is 'crazy like a fox' BBC News anchor confronts Michael Wolff for using Bannon as a source for his book MORE.



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.



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 SessionsAttorney General Barr plays bagpipes at conference Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama Trump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake 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.

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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!