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Kamala Harris: America’s next vice president

As U.S. vice president, Kamala Harris will be President Biden's closest adviser. Learn how her background helped transform her into a champion of justice.
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3 U.S. firms stood out in 2020 for their values

Learn about the firms that won the 2020 Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence by modeling strong business ethics in global communities.
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What does January 1 signify in Lincoln’s legacy?

Learn how the Emancipation Proclamation paved the way for abolishing slavery and why President Lincoln considered it his finest achievement.
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Americans we lost in 2020

In 2020, we said goodbye to many Americans who changed the world. Learn how they left their mark in a wide variety of fields.
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Commemorating the United Nations Declaration

Learn how a document signed by Allied nations during World War II helped pave the way for victory — and for today's United Nations.
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Americans are starting businesses during the pandemic

U.S. entrepreneurs are taking advantage of opportunities emerging in a business environment dramatically changed by COVID-19.
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White House Christmas decorations include a quiet tribute

The first lady's holiday decorations are mostly traditional this year, but with one important exception that still fits into the overall theme.
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The dire effects of illegal fishing

China's dark fishing fleet poses far-reaching threats to legitimate commerce, food security and marine ecosystems, experts say.
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Celebrating Hanukkah, safely and joyfully, in 2020

Learn how American Jews will embrace their traditions at Hanukkah, while keeping themselves and their neighbors safe during a public health crisis.