People moving boxes filled with petitions (© AP Images)

Power to the people! (By voting of course)

By using ballot measures — also called initiatives or referendums — citizens bypass legislators and vote directly on an issue in their town, city or state.
Melania Trump (White House)

It’s official: White House unveils first lady’s portrait

The White House releases first lady Melania Trump's official portrait. The photograph shows the first lady, who used to be a fashion model, in her new home.
Drawing of stick figures voting in booths (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Want to see how Americans will vote on Tuesday? [video]

On Tuesday, November 8, Americans will cast their votes for the next president. How can they be sure their votes are tallied correctly? Watch and learn.
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Making a time capsule from the web

The Library of Congress is collecting blog posts, news reporting, public records, social media — what appears on the web — into a public archive.
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How much do you know about U.S. U.N. ambassadors? [quiz]

Test your skills about the men and women who have held the post of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Don't worry. We give hints.
President Trump standing with three men in front of U.S. flag and behind shovels (© Evan Vucci/AP Images)

U.S. makes every effort to lure foreign firms

The U.S., with low taxes and a robust economy, already attracts more foreign firms than anywhere else. The president, governors and mayors are helping lure even more.
Group photo of foreign service officers after being sworn in (State Dept.)

The new faces of American diplomacy

Learn why Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wants a more diverse foreign service and how the State Department reflects America’s changing demographics.
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Donald Trump’s first stop on Inauguration Day will be the ‘Church...

Separation of church and state doesn’t preclude national leaders' praying in public. Learn about the building nicknamed the "Church of the Presidents."
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.