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Trump’s America

Issue

It’s been a year since Donald Trump won the White House, but you’d be forgiven if you thought the race was still unfolding.

Trump and his surrogates still relish knocking Hillary Clinton and calling for investigations into her past. Democrats are fighting each other over who is to blame for Trump’s victory. And the nation as a whole seems to exist in a state of suspended animation with the country unable – or, in some cases, unwilling – to fully process the results of November 8, 2016.

In this issue of STATE, we aim to capture American life one year after the unprecedented 2016 race.

CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein takes a deep dive into the data to look at how America’s political divides didn’t start with Trump’s Election Night triumph, but he has done plenty to exacerbate them.

CNN National Political Reporter Maeve Reston looks ahead to 2020 and finds that, despite Trump’s unpopularity, he has a lock on the GOP nomination – for now.

Susan Baer profiles the veterans of the Obama administration who are running for office now in an effort to blunt Trump’s agenda at all levels of government.

Orlaith Farrell looks at how dating has changed in the Trump era. And cultural critic Julia Klein read 15 of the election-related books published this year and looks at what they say about America’s ability to heal from a bruising campaign.

Animation by Gregory Gangemi

America, a year later

The divided era of politics didn’t start with Trump’s victory. But it has gotten worse under his presidency.

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