Buh-bye 2017. Well, hello 2018!

Breathe everyone. 2017 is (almost) OVER. There's so much to look forward to next year. We'll get to that in a second....

Posted: Dec 31, 2017 3:06 AM
Updated: Dec 31, 2017 3:06 AM

Breathe everyone. 2017 is (almost) OVER. There's so much to look forward to next year. We'll get to that in a second. But first, here's a look back at the year that was.

If 2016 was the revenge of the forgotten-(Trump's victory, Brexit, and the rise of populist nationalism), 2017 was the year of boiling antagonisms: a year that didn't just shake things up; it blew them up.

Feminism was Webster's word of the year. And rightly so, this was the year when women, who'd been speaking out for forever, were finally heard.

The #MeToo hashtag revealed an iceberg of sexual harassment in the US that had been hidden for decades.-In politics, business and media, the powerful were brought crashing down.

Of course, 2017 was President Trump's first year in office. And it revealed a political landscape deeply fractured along lines of race, generation, class and geography. -Each side appeared-increasingly uncomprehending of the other -- and increasingly dubious that it's possible, or even desirable, to bridge their differences.

2017 felt like the year of nostalgic deaths. From Hugh Hefner-to Jerry Lewis-to Tom Petty, so many of the "greats" tied to the past, who gave their fans a sense of time and place, passed away.

Yes, it was a year when we laughed, we cried, we cry-laughed and, when words failed us, we relied on the sage power of GIFs.

It's no surprise the most popular GIF of the year is an expression of confused, slightly offended disbelief.

Before you say goodbye, here's a month-by-month look back at the year in-news, politics and sports -- in pictures. (Trust us, once you start scrolling, you won't be able to stop)

So, what's on tap for 2018: Who'll win the Super Bowl? Will the Dow keep climbing? -Where will the President's approval rating end up? Here are some predictions

... and here are all the things likely to keep you up at night.

With more than 450 seats in Congress up for grabs, politics-will most certainly change in 2018. Chris Cillizza (he of "The Point" newsletter, which you should subscribe to) explains.

But outside of all the serious stuff, there's also-a ton of-existence-friendly events, innovations and observances happening-next year. The Winter Olympics! A royal wedding! A headless petting cat! Here's our-list of the 18 things we're most looking forward to in 2018.

Have a Happy New Year.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 34622

Reported Deaths: 1215
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DeSoto186519
Madison141936
Jones118549
Harrison109615
Rankin106315
Neshoba103976
Forrest97243
Lauderdale95481
Scott80915
Jackson74418
Washington70010
Copiah64215
Leake62120
Lee60022
Oktibbeha58928
Holmes57941
Warren57720
Grenada5698
Wayne56018
Yazoo5486
Lowndes53613
Leflore52856
Lamar5227
Lincoln51935
Pike48820
Sunflower4708
Lafayette4644
Monroe43935
Panola4326
Covington4295
Bolivar39418
Simpson3843
Attala38324
Newton36710
Adams34719
Pontotoc3396
Tate33313
Marion32412
Claiborne30011
Winston29611
Chickasaw29319
Pearl River28132
Noxubee2778
Marshall2763
Jasper2716
Clay25611
Walthall2497
Union24611
Smith23712
Coahoma2196
Clarke21725
Lawrence2022
Yalobusha2028
Kemper18314
Tallahatchie1784
Carroll17411
Humphreys16110
Calhoun1605
Montgomery1513
Itawamba1458
Tippah14411
Hancock14113
Webster13411
Jefferson1223
Tunica1213
Jefferson Davis1184
Prentiss1173
George1123
Greene11210
Amite1083
Quitman971
Tishomingo971
Wilkinson969
Alcorn942
Perry794
Choctaw754
Stone732
Franklin542
Sharkey470
Benton440
Issaquena101
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 49892

Reported Deaths: 1077
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Jefferson6219167
Mobile4625138
Montgomery4397111
Tuscaloosa258652
Madison19839
Marshall190411
Shelby155724
Lee153537
Morgan12415
Baldwin117011
Walker105631
Elmore100721
Dallas9789
Franklin92816
Etowah91914
DeKalb8647
Russell6650
Chambers66427
Autauga66214
Butler64529
Tallapoosa62569
Unassigned61627
Limestone5963
Houston5616
Lauderdale5556
Cullman5546
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Colbert4816
Lowndes48022
Escambia4688
Pike4675
Calhoun4565
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Covington40312
Jackson4022
Barbour3772
Bullock37610
Dale3721
Talladega3677
Hale34323
Marengo34211
Clarke3036
Wilcox2998
Chilton2952
Winston2925
Sumter28713
Blount2811
Marion26714
Pickens2626
Monroe2553
Randolph2489
Conecuh2278
Perry2242
Bibb2151
Macon2129
Choctaw20912
Greene1929
Henry1463
Washington1367
Crenshaw1263
Lawrence1210
Cherokee1157
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Lamar871
Clay822
Fayette811
Coosa631
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