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5 little-known facts about first lady Michelle Obama

She's more than just President Obama's wife and Sasha and Malia's mom. These little-known facts about first lady Michelle Obama may surprise you.
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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.
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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.
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Federal government: More than the White House and Congress

Learn more about the federal government in the United States. This article is part of a three-part series on how federalism works in America.
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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?
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.

Destination USA: 75 million international guests visited in 2014

Did you visit the United States in 2014? If so, you helped set a new record as one of 75 million tourists who traveled to the U.S. last year.
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5 things you might not know about the Secret Service

The Secret Service protects the U.S. president and vice president and their families. But it also has a key investigative role to play.
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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.