Michelle and Barack Obama waving from airplane door (© AP Images)

What’s next for the Obamas?

After presidents complete their term in office, they usually return to their hometown. Not the Obamas. See what's likely in store for this power couple.
Alix Schoelcher Idrache standing in formation and crying (DOD/U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Vito T. Bryant)

Photo of Haitian-born West Point grad goes viral

Alix Schoelcher Idrache, an immigrant from Haiti, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and soon became an online sensation.
Brightly colored painting depicting people on horseback (© Danita Delimont/Alamy)

These words and names come from Native Americans

Many words in American English are borrowed from Native American languages. Learn the origins of words commonly used for all sorts of things and places.
Person giving speech in large, crowded room (© AP Images)

Who sits where during a State of the Union speech? [infographic]

The three branches of the U.S. government get together each year to hear the president give the State of the Union address. Who comes and where do they sit?
Aircraft at sunset (White House)

Air Force One: The traveling White House

Air Force One is among the most recognizable symbols of the American presidency. Find out what it's like to ride in the flying White House.
Illustration of a hand holding a computer mouse crashing through a roadblock (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Censor the internet? Bad idea.

Censoring the internet censors free speech. Political dissent, strong language and even offensive speech are part of a strong democracy.
Donald Trump (© AP Images)

5 little-known facts about Trump

Americans — and the world — might feel they know almost everything about the president. But here are five facts that might surprise you.
Colored map with icons showing landmarks (State Dept./Diane Woolverton)

Here’s a free poster with a map of U.S. products, places

The week of July 17 is “Made in America Week” at the White House. This free poster, available for printing, highlights U.S. products and landmarks.
Workers on scaffolding erecting large flag (© AP Images)

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.