The year began with Donald Trump assuming the mantle of 45th president of the United States. The day after he was inaugurated, more than 2 million people across the world called for a “revolution” as a bulwark against the new administration they feared would roll back reproductive, civil and human rights. The year that followed was no less dramatic.
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was ousted from the White House over his Russian contacts. NFL players continued to kneel. There were multiple data breaches, but none larger than Equifax, which compromised the personal information of nearly half of all Americans.
Inevitably, there was tragedy. The catastrophic 2017 hurricane season brought us Harvey, Irma and Maria, which Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico will spend years recovering from. New York City saw its worst terrorist attack since 9/11. In Las Vegas, 58 people died in the worst mass shooting in American history.
But there was also wonder. For the first time in almost 100 years, a total solar eclipse spanned across the country. We celebrated the news that one of our own, California native Meghan Markle, is set to wed Prince Harry and become the first divorced, biracial, Jewish American actress to join the British royal family.
In the end, 2017 closes with hope. Women punctuated the year with the powerful rallying cry #metoo, prompting a national reckoning on a culture of sexual violence that has persisted unabated for far too long.
After another eventful year, USA TODAY revisits one story from each state — the big news, the best investigations and the moments we can’t stop talking about.
Roy Moore and America’s reckoning on sexual violence
The eyes of a nation were fixed on Alabama this December to see who the state would choose to take over its open Senate seat in an election that was seen not only as a referendum on President Trump — who supported embattled Republican candidate Roy Moore — but also on the country’s tolerance of predatory sexual behavior. Trump was elected in spite of more than a dozen allegations of sexual assault and harassment against him. But Moore, who was accused in November of sexually assaulting and harassing multiple teenage girls when he was in his 30s, was defeated by Democrat Doug Jones.It’s the first time in 25 years Alabama has elected a Democrat to the Senate. The special election came during what America has come to refer to as its “post-Weinstein moment,”a reckoning on powerful men who have abused women with impunity, and who, until recently, rarely faced consequences. After reports Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein harassed, abused and assaulted more than 80 women over several decades, women around the country flooded social media under the hashtag #metoo and made public statements about the sexual misconduct they endured.