Reporter's notebook and hat, megaphone, radio, TV, laptop and phone on presidential seal (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

From fireside chats to Twitter, presidents speak to the people

From "fireside chats" on the radio to Twitter, presidents going back a century have adopted the latest technologies to communicate with the American people.
Illustration of people carrying giant rolled-up document up U.S. Capitol steps (State Dept./D. Thompson)

How a bill becomes law

A combination of traditions, "checks and balances" and math all factor into how a bill becomes a law in the United States.
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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.
Weightlifter Norik Vardanian (© AP Images)

How a dual citizen of the U.S. and Armenia looks to...

If you are a citizen of two countries, who do you represent in the Olympics? Norik Vardanian from Armenia can tell you! Learn about his road to Rio.

World War II generation ‘literally saved the world’

Americans and Europeans celebrated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Washington hosted a flyover of planes from that era.
Man looking at computer monitor next to pictures of religious leaders on wall (State Dept.)video

Chaplains help those with and without faith at U.S. campuses [video]

Many U.S. universities have chaplains who engage students in dialogues, organize service projects and help out in times of personal crisis.
Three astronauts in space station (NASA)

Two hurricanes hit home for an American astronaut

Astronaut Joe Acaba, the first astronaut of Puerto Rican heritage, offered support to those affected by the hurricane that struck Puerto Rico.

American arts rich with Hispanic heritage

These eight great artists have drawn on their Latin American roots as well as American experiences to shape the artistic landscape.
Alex Acosta smiling (© Jabin Botsford/Washington Post/Getty Images)

Meet Alex Acosta, U.S. secretary of labor

Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, a lawyer skilled in labor and civil-rights issues, rose from modest roots to the top of his field. Here's his story.