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Firsts from the 2018 elections

Among the winners in the 2018 election are the first female Native American representatives to Congress. See some of the other history makers elected to office.
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U.S. universities a proving ground for future diplomats

Meet two young people who hope to become diplomats one day. They believe studying in the U.S. will help them to achieve their goals.
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The world comes to America to study [infographic]

Science, engineering and business classes are big draws for international students, but U.S. colleges also prepare them for leadership back home.
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How will the 2018 elections change the U.S. Congress?

See how the midterm elections of 2018 affected the two major parties' control in Congress and the gains women made in representation in Congress.
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‘Outbreak’ exhibition connects world in fight against disease

A new exhibition, "Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World," shows the connection between human, animal and environmental health.
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In U.S., November national elections have long history

Learn why U.S. national elections are held on Tuesdays in November, and why that's unlikely to change — even though some people think it should.
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A baseball first: What’s historic about the 2018 World Series?

Every fall since 1903 the World Series is played to determine baseball's champion team. This year for the first time both managers are from minority groups.
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What are midterm elections, and why are they important?

Although Americans won't elect a president in the 2018 midterm elections, their choices will have a big effect on the country's direction.
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An American Jewish group helps survivors of Rwanda’s genocide

The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, modeled on Israeli villages built for orphans after the Holocaust, is a community for survivors of the Rwandan genocide.