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45,000 become U.S. citizens during Constitution Week

For the thousands becoming U.S. citizens this week, the date holds an extra special significance. It is the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.
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Each spring, Americans brace for Tax Day

On October 3, 1913, President Wilson signed a law establishing the national income tax. Income taxes remain a vital source of federal revenue.
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U.S. hospital ship prepares to save lives in Indo-Pacific

Mobile hospital ship USNS Mercy is heading to the Indo-Pacific to save lives. The state-of-the-art ship anchors an international team setting sail for the 2018 Pacific Partnership, a disaster-response exercise.

Got a meeting with President Obama? You’ll have to get past...

Refusing to allow her hearing disability to be a barrier, Leah Katz-Hernandez greets visitors and foreign leaders before they meet with President Obama.
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Keeping alive the culture of Ecuador’s indigenous Cañari [video]

The indigenous Cañari of Ecuador are determined to preserve their way of life. Fulbright scholars are helping the Cañari keep their traditions alive.
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In England, royal wedding has an American accent

The wedding of American actress Meghan Markle to Prince Harry will blend British pageantry with carefully chosen American elements, a fresh take on time-honored traditions.
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Geographer for diplomats: Maps matter

Lee Schwartz, the State Department's geographer, approves all government maps to ensure they conform with U.S. policy. Read about the role of these maps.
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Meet America’s new secretary of state: Antony Blinken

Antony Blinken says his vision of America is steeped in his relatives' past as refugees. Learn more about the new secretary of state.
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How the Amistad helped America live up to its ideals

The Amistad case helped dozens of Africans escape slavery and forced America to live up to its founding ideals. Read more about it here.