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The new faces of American diplomacy

Learn why Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wants a more diverse foreign service and how the State Department reflects America’s changing demographics.
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Firsts from the 2018 elections

Among the winners in the 2018 election are the first female Native American representatives to Congress. See some of the other history makers elected to office.
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How will the 2018 elections change the U.S. Congress?

See how the midterm elections of 2018 affected the two major parties' control in Congress and the gains women made in representation in Congress.
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In U.S., November national elections have long history

Learn why U.S. national elections are held on Tuesdays in November, and why that's unlikely to change — even though some people think it should.
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What are midterm elections, and why are they important?

Although Americans won't elect a president in the 2018 midterm elections, their choices will have a big effect on the country's direction.
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Trump administration reaffirms election integrity

A new executive order requires mandatory sanctions and other consequences for foreign individuals or governments that attempt to meddle in U.S. elections.
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The special representative for North Korea’s first mission

As the U.S. special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun will lead negotiations and spearhead diplomatic efforts with U.S. allies and partners.
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U.S., India share farming innovations with Africa and Asia

The U.S. and India are training farmers and agricultural professionals in Africa and Asia in new farming practices that improve food security in their countries.
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State Department’s new senior adviser is a scholar, author

Kiron Skinner is an expert on international relations whose foreign-policy expertise will help Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tackle challenges.