First lady Michelle Obama clapping (© AP Images)

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.