2018 year in review: 50 stories from 50 states that moved us

Jan 31 2019

2018 year in review: 50 stories from 50 states that moved us

Article from: www.usatoday.com

In 2018, the eyes of the nation were again fixed on President Donald Trump, whose second year in office was no less remarkable than his first. It was a year that saw the president open up trade wars, meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, spar with the press and defend hush money payments to women he allegedly had affairs with, all while new revelations and indictments poured out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling.

Policies and politics divided us. We found ourselves embroiled in a fierce immigration debate. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ascended to the high court despite sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford.

Nature humbled us. California burned as the Camp Fire became the most destructive in state history. Hurricane winds and floods battered the Carolinas. But other stories made us proud. Team USA brought home 23 Olympic medals from Pyeongchang, South Korea. Teachers fought for better pay.

We exercised our rights, voting in the most tumultuous midterms in years. Democrats gained control of the House, Republicans expanded their Senate majority, and voters made history, ushering into Congress many firsts for women and minorities.

Then, we ended the year with a solemn goodbye. Funeral services for George H.W. Bush were a farewell not only to a former president, but also to a generation.

After another eventful year, USA TODAY revisits one story from each state that moved us – the big news, the best investigations and the moments we can’t stop talking about.

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