George W. Bush behind wheel of vehicle (© AP Images)

Vacation, presidential style

When the president of the United States takes a vacation, it's not like those of ordinary Americans.
Illustration of several famous women in U.S. politics (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Women in politics: A timeline

Women have accomplished many political milestones in the history of the United States. See their photos and learn about what they've achieved.
Front of government building with columns (© Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)

States’ power is key to U.S. system

Each year numerous U.S. states pass laws on a variety of topics, part of the U.S. system of government that balances state and federal oversight.
Illustration of politician riding on long coattails of another (State Dept./D. Thompson)

What do coattails have to do with U.S. elections?

Phrases such as "coattails," "lame duck" and "flipping Congress" are often heard during election years. What do they mean?
Nicolás Maduro speaking into a microphone (© Matias Delacroix/Getty Images)

U.S. tightens sanctions on Maduro, citing his ‘usurpation of power’

The Trump administration's latest sanctions bar business with the former Maduro regime while providing safeguards for humanitarian aid to Venezuela.
Mike Pompeo and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar shaking hands in front of U.S. and Indian flags (© Jose Luis Magana/AP Images)

U.S. and India: An expanding partnership

Top officials from the U.S. and India met in Washington to discuss their strengthening relationship on civilian and military affairs.
Aircraft at sunset (White House)

Air Force One: The traveling White House

Air Force One is among the most recognizable symbols of the American presidency. Find out what it's like to ride in the flying White House.
Woman looking over man's work (© Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. elections get international monitors too

As a participating member of the OSCE, the United States invited international election monitors to ensure the November 8, 2016, elections were free and fair.
Pompeo speaking at lectern (State Dept./Ron Przysucha)

40th anniversary of Egypt-Israel peace deal celebrated

Forty years ago, Egypt and Israel signed a historic peace treaty that ended more than 30 years of war between the two countries.