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Donald Trump: America’s new president

Donald J. Trump was sworn in January 20 as the 45th president. He is a businessman who promised to help Americans improve their standard of living.
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U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel: A promise kept [video]

The U.S. marks Israel's 70th anniversary by delivering on a promise the U.S. Congress made in 1995: moving the U.S. Embassy to Israel’s capital city of Jerusalem.
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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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For many Americans, Election Day is already here

The majority of U.S. states allow some form of early voting, either in person or by mail-in ballots. Rules and deadlines differ by state.
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Trump lifts spirits of Texans after hurricane: Shareable photos

Two shareable quotes from President Trump's trip to Houston after Hurricane Harvey devastated southeast Texas.
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Presidential letters to successors: What do they say?

When Donald Trump arrived at the White House after being sworn in as the 45th president, waiting for him was a letter from his predecessor, Barack Obama.
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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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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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Voters usher in more diversity to statehouses

The U.S. election ushered in a diverse group of state lawmakers, including a Somali-American Muslim woman and a Navajo woman.