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Remembering Madeleine Albright, a fierce defender of human rights

Madeleine Albright, who became the first female secretary of state in 1997, died March 23 from cancer. Learn about her life here.
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How anyone can request government records

In the United States, anyone can use the Freedom of Information Act to find out what the government is doing and how it's doing it.
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Biden salutes Ukrainians’ resolve in State of the Union

In his first State of the Union address to Congress, the president highlighted how the U.S. and partners are united behind Ukraine.
President Biden speaking to members of Congress (© Doug Mills/The New York Times/AP Images)

The president’s State of the Union speech: Why it matters

Millions of people around the world are expected to watch President Biden's State of the Union address. Learn why the speech gets attention.
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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?
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U.S. presidents come from many professions

Many U.S. presidents previously held elective office, but not all. And some once held unusual jobs, which started them on their way.
Headshots of Alexandra Attalides, Juris Juriss, Ruslan Ryaboshapka and Nikolay Staykov (State Dept.)

Tackling corruption in Europe and getting results

Meet anticorruption champions in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia and Ukraine who are challenging corrupt officials and increasing transparency.
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Descendants of Holocaust survivors make an impact at State Department

January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Hear from some descendants of Holocaust survivors who are State Department employees.
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America’s steadfast support for Ukraine, European security

The United States and NATO allies remain committed in their support for Ukraine’s independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty.