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This past year has often been surprising, shocking and disorienting. Who would have expected the series of “storms of the century” that drowned Houston, battered Florida and left Puerto Rico without power for months? Or that a country music festival would become the site of America’s deadliest modern mass shooting? Or that a Democrat would win a Senate seat from Alabama? But looking back at Outlook’s last Year in Preview issue, the broad outlines of 2017 were clear. Washington Post staffers predicted that establishment political parties would hold off most extremist elements, that tensions would arise between federal political appointees and government scientists, and that technology would increasingly try to do our thinking for us. So, once again, we’ve asked Post beat reporters and columnists to forecast the big stories, themes and questions they think will dominate the year ahead. From the #MeToo movement jolting the sports world to the opioid crisis worsening to big technology companies confronting their dark side, here’s what to expect in 2018.

President Trump entered the White House promising unity (in his election night speech) and depicting “American carnage” (in his inaugural address ) — a revealing rhetorical scramble that foreshadowed his first year in office. 

His 2018 is practically guaranteed to be as unpredictable. The only certainty: his gleeful (and at times self-sabotaging) use of Twitter.

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(Vasava for The Washington Post)

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