Sara Gemeny Wilkinson

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Banning Barbie and Bart?

Freedom of expression is a fundamental U.S. right, but in some countries, governments take the extraordinary measure of blocking what their citizens can see and hear.
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2017: Americans’ most generous year ever

In 2017, Americans' charitable donations surpassed the $400 billion mark in a single year for the first time. Find out what types of philanthropy are most popular across the United States.
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Community colleges are springboards, even for big shots

America's unique community colleges have propelled Americans to fame and fortune in many fields, from Hollywood to space to the frontiers of science.
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World War I propelled women into workforce and voting booths

World War I marked the beginning of a new era for American women, securing them the right to vote and opening up jobs previously reserved for men.
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An unshakable commitment: The U.S. and NATO

Every American president since Harry Truman, who championed NATO's creation in 1949, has reaffirmed the United States' commitment to the principle of collective defense.
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How presidents leave their mark on the Oval Office

The office where the American president works is called the Oval Office, due to its unusual shape. See how presidents have left their mark on the office.
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Inauguration trivia: Why don’t the flags match?

What do the flags on the U.S. Capitol mean at the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump? Click here to learn the symbolism behind each of the flags.
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Lots of prep work for Trump before Inauguration Day

On January 20, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Here are some of the items from his presidential to-do list.
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Election 2016: What’s next after November 8?

Electing a U.S. president lasts several weeks before the winning candidate takes office. See what happens and who is involved.