Graphic showing number of members of U.S. Congress broken down by political party (State Dept./Helen Efrem)

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.
Woman in mask receiving vaccination (© Thanassis Stavrakis/AP Images)

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.
Ralph Bunche holding a medal in his left hand and shaking hands with Oscar Strauss II (© Marty Lederhandler/AP Images)

African American trailblazers in diplomacy

Diplomats aren't just white men in pin-striped suits anymore. African Americans challenged that idea, leading to a more diverse, agile U.S. Foreign Service.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki at lectern (© AP Images/Evan Vucci)video

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.
Michelle Obama and Amy Sherald unveiling portrait of Michelle Obama (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

Black artists have always been an essential part of American culture

Learn more about Ella Fitzgerald, Toni Morrison, Rita Dove, Simone Leigh and Amy Sherald's lives and monumental cultural achievements here.
White and black arms with hands clasped inside heart-shaped outline (© Irina Dias/Shutterstock)

The Lovings paved the way for interracial marriages

Valentine's Day celebrates love, but it was once illegal for interracial couples to marry in certain U.S. states. The Lovings helped eliminate those laws.
Man holding painting in storage room with packed shelves (Allan Goodrich/JFK Library)

Presidential libraries help humanize former U.S. leaders

History often transforms presidents into mythical figures, but U.S. presidential libraries help us understand these leaders and the eras they shaped.
Man sitting with little girl who is writing in notebook on table (© Omar Akour/AP Images)

Advancing America’s long tradition of welcoming refugees

The United States is expanding its refugee assistance program. Learn how President Biden is advancing America's tradition of accepting those in need.
Satellite hovering over Earth (© Lockheed Martin)

America advances GPS with new satellites

The U.S. is upgrading its GPS network with stronger satellites. GPS enables location tracking for planes, phones and critical infrastructure.