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3 cases that show what free speech means

These U.S. Supreme Court cases — about inciting crime, printing falsehoods and using obscenity — put Americans' belief in free speech to the test.
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Censor the internet? Bad idea.

Censoring the internet censors free speech. Political dissent, strong language and even offensive speech are part of a strong democracy.
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Presidential libraries are more than books and paper

Modern U.S. presidents' records and artifacts are preserved for public access in presidential libraries. But these aren't your average libraries.
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Obama: ‘I leave … more optimistic about this country’

In his farewell speech to the nation, Obama said his faith in America had been strengthened over the past eight years.
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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.
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Lights, camera, election: The role of presidential debates worldwide

Televised debates are a regular feature of U.S. presidential elections. Now such debates are held in almost 80 countries.
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Not so fast, Mr. President

On the campaign trail, candidates promise to make major policy changes. But once elected, they may find it isn't so easy to implement them.
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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.
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‘Those who lose accept the verdict’

In the United States, defeated political candidates acknowledge election losses publicly, knowing that they have the chance to compete and win another day.