Politics in 2016 was dominated by the question of who would be the next President of the United States. But what were the other moments that made headlines?
President Obama started the year, at a fast pace. Starting with an issue that to his dismay has shaped his presidency, gun control part of a busy first 3 months. And then the nuclear deal with Iran and the first visit by a sitting U.S. President to Cuba in almost 90 years.
Antonin Scalia, the court’s most vocal conservative, died in February, at age 79.
In March, the president nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy.
The heated presidential campaign would pit a political insider versus a billionaire outsider. October brought surprises. For Donald Trump, a vulgar hot mic moment revealed and multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, which he denied. For Hillary Clinton, the FBI Director’s announcement that the agency was giving emails on the private server she used while secretary of state another look.
But the real political stunner came in November as Donald Trump was announced as the President-Elect. An upset that left Clinton just shy of history.
The president-elect began assembling an administration, that along with GOP majorities in the house and senate will shape American and global policy in 2017 and beyond.