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State government: Where innovation often flows

America's 50 states are known as “laboratories of democracy” because they try policy ideas often adopted elsewhere. This is part of a series on federalism.
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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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What is the CDC’s role during the coronavirus crisis?

Learn what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does to help keep people healthy around the world, especially in light of a new coronavirus.
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Tips for people with coronavirus symptoms [infographic]

If you think you are sick with the 2019 novel coronavirus, there are several things you should do to protect yourself and neighbors.
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Meet the guests for the State of the Union address

The 11 people invited to President Trump's third State of the Union address include a 2-year-old survivor, an Army veteran and a Border Patrol official.
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The president’s State of the Union speech: Why it matters

Millions of people around the world are expected to watch President Trump’s State of the Union address. Learn why that speech gets attention every year.
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Political polling 101

Political polls provide a snapshot of how the electorate might vote at a particular moment in time. Learn the basics of polling.
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Protecting intellectual property rights [poster]

Protecting intellectual property rights and making sure that innovators are paid what they deserve are a U.S. priority. Download this free poster.
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Why Iowa? Understanding presidential primaries.

Voters in states across the U.S. choose their candidate for presidential nominee in several different ways. Learn about U.S. presidential primaries.