To put it mildly, it's not difficult to predict that politics will remain the top headlines this year, following the turmoil of the general election and a not-always-smooth transition of power. Here are five people who will be making—or writing—those headlines in 2017.
Where you've seen her: At Nordstrom (at least her fashion line), campaigning for her father
What's next: Being de facto first lady
If her prominent roles on her father's campaign and transition teams are any indication, it seems very likely that Ivanka Trump's influence will only increase as her father moves into the White House. It will be interesting to see if the businesswoman will use her influence and unique relationship with President-elect Donald Trump to advocate for women's issues after her father's much-publicized, notorious comments degrading women, and if/how she will fulfill the social and political duties of first lady (which aren't always the president's spouses).
Where you've seen her: TeenVogue.com, clashing on air with Fox News' Tucker Carlson
What's next: More "scorched-earth" op-eds
The Teen Vogue editor first gained Internet fame in December for penning "Donald Trump is Gaslighting America," a widely shared op-ed that not only explained the origins of the increasingly used term "gaslighting," or psychologically manipulating someone to the point that they question their own sanity, but also clearly laid out examples of false statements made by Trump and his campaign/transition team. Not only was Duca's article important at the dawn of this new era of fake news and increased scrutiny on the media, but its appearance in Teen Vogue broke through stereotypes of the publication and its primary audience of young women.
Where you've seen him: U.S. Representative for Minnesota
What's next: Democratic National Committee chair (maybe)
With the Democratic Party still reeling after Hillary Clinton's defeat in the general election, and Barack Obama on his way out of the White House, it's clear that the party needs a leader to rally around in the next few years. Enter Ellison, the Minnesota politician who could either be the making or breaking of the party. When Ellison was nominated in the fall to chair the DNC, support came strong and swift from Democrats such as Bernie Sanders, but since then, opposition has piled up and threatens to further fracture the party. Regardless of whether he heads the DNC or not, Ellison's will still be one of the better-known and younger voices in the Democratic party.
Where you've seen her: Rolling her eyes at the president's dad jokes, acting her age at Lolla
What's next: A gap year
The older Obama daughter will be enjoying freedom on two levels next year, with her family moving out of the White House (no more state dinners!) and a planned gap year after she graduates from high school in the spring (she has deferred enrollment to Harvard for a year). Though no official details have been released about her plans for the interim, it's clear that fans and critics of the first family alike will be watching with interest to see what Malia Obama will do during her time off school. It'll also be interesting to see if she sets off a trend here in the U.S., where taking a gap year is an exception rather than the norm, unlike in other countries, such as England, where the practice is much more common.
Bernie Bros & Pantsuit Nation members
Where you've seen them: All over your Facebook news feed
What's next: Well, isn't that the big question?
After the shattered dreams of 2016, a generation of disenchanted Millennial voters have to figure out how to organize and remain engaged in the political landscape while learning to accept and move past the defeat of their preferred candidates. The next general election may be four years away, but campaigning for Election 2020 will start well before then, and there are myriad ways to continue to support issues and platforms even if the candidate you voted for isn't the one who ended up in the White House.
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