Destroyed palm trees and houses (© Helene Valenzuela/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. aids hurricane-battered countries across Caribbean

Even while meeting the needs of hurricane victims on its own shores, the U.S. is sending experts and vital supplies to Caribbean countries.
U.S. Capitol during an inauguration (Shutterstock)

Fun facts about past presidential inaugurations

Incoming presidents have celebrated their inaugurations in novel ways, starting with George Washington dancing the minuet after his.
Kelly Craft at microphone (© Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

Meet Kelly Craft, new U.N. ambassador

The Kentucky native brings diplomatic, business and philanthropic experience to a critical and high-profile State Department post.
Snow-capped mountain and green valley (National Park Service)

America’s ‘best idea’ turns 100

If you're planning a trip to the U.S., why not visit one of America’s iconic national parks? Here are the 10 most popular.
Puerto Rico flag flying atop a damaged building (Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images)

Hurricane Maria in pictures

Hurricane Maria recently pummeled Puerto Rico and its Caribbean neighbors. These images capture the destruction and ongoing relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
Delegates cheering for a candidate during a convention (© AP Images)

What is a contested convention?

American media and political pundits are fond of predicting a contested political convention. For Republicans in 2016, it just might happen.
Israeli and U.S. flags

Shareable facts on the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel

Download these shareable graphics about the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel.
"Vote Here" sign outside building (© AP Images)

Reality check: U.S. elections are secure and reliable [video]

The U.S. ensures the security of its elections with transparency. This video explains how U.S. voting works by keeping polling places honest and fair.
IRS building (© AP Images)

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.