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Free speech: Protecting citizens’ voices advances societies

While many countries punish citizens for expressing their views, the United States protects freedom of speech as vital to democracy.
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Peace Corps celebrates 60 years of global volunteerism

As the Peace Corps celebrates six decades of volunteerism this year, take a look back at some of its work and learn more about its history.
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Black women scientists who are trailblazers in STEM [video]

Learn about Dr. Patricia Bath, Dr. Dorothy Brown and Dr. Mae Jemison's contributions to STEM fields and their groundbreaking work.
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Shifts in the new U.S. Congress [infographic]

The 117th U.S. Congress broke a number of records, with more women and minorities representing districts and states around the country.
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The U.S. fights coronavirus worldwide [rolling updates]

See the many ways that the U.S. government, businesses and private citizens are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic around the world.
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U.S. Coast Guard partners with South America to battle illegal fishing

As a part of the U.S. Coast Guard's Operation Southern Cross, the USCGC Stone is making its first patrol in the South Atlantic to combat illegal fishing.
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Freedom of speech is not just about words [video]

In the United States, freedom of speech extends beyond spoken words. See the many forms of expression that are protected by the U.S. Constitution.
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America’s culture of innovation spans the country

Venture capitalists in the United States are backing startups outside of traditional hubs like Silicon Valley. Learn more about American innovation.
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Why freedom of the press is important [video]

Free and independent journalism helps advance democratic societies. Learn more about how the United States protects press freedom.