To help make sense of a year that has seemed almost endlessly eventful, here’s a look back at some of the topics that dominated our coverage in 2017. Find a three-part gallery of the year in photos here, and click here for today’s coverage from The Atlantic.
The day-to-day events of Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency overshadowed much of the 2017 news cycle. But behind the Russia investigation and the rapid staffing changes were broader questions about how Trump’s leadership would affect American institutions and identity. In March, David Frum laid out a possible path Trump could take toward autocracy; several months later, Jack Goldsmith assessed the president’s impact to date. Meanwhile, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Adam Serwer reckoned with the forces that shaped his rise.