By Elaine Owen, Editor
To review some of the major national political news of the past 12 months, let’s look back to how the year began—and ended—the same way—with a government shutdown.
Ironically, both times it was over disputes related to immigration and funding for President Trump’s border wall. The one in January 2018 lasted three days. The current one is going into its twelfth day with no end in sight, assuring that 2019 begins with the government still partially closed.
A quick look back at 2018 National News.
In JANUARY 2018 — we were introduced to Stormy Daniels and her attorney, Michael Avenatti. Daniels allegedly had an affair with Trump and was paid to keep quiet about it just before the 2016 election.
In FEBRUARY, a gunman killed 17 teenagers and staff at a high school in Parkland, Fla. In the aftermath, survivors of the massacre became the most effective activists to date on the issue of gun violence. They faced down politicians, took on the National Rifle Association (NRA) and organized a massive worldwide March for Our Lives. But still, gun laws have not changed.
In MARCH, Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who months later revealed in an interview that Trump would often suggest doing things that were illegal and needed to be told he couldn’t.
In APRIL, the FBI raided longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s home and office.
In MAY, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders showed a touch of humanity during a press briefing when 13-year-old Benje Choucroun of Time for Kids asked her about school shootings.
Dressed in a suit and tie, Choucroun described safety drills he practiced and expressed his fear of being shot at school. Sanders held back tears as she answered, telling the young journalist that “this administration takes it seriously.” 2019 could see movement on this front (school shootings).
In JUNE, Trump held a