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Firsts from the 2018 elections

Among the winners in the 2018 election are the first female Native American representatives to Congress. See some of the other history makers elected to office.
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How will the 2018 elections change the U.S. Congress?

See how the midterm elections of 2018 affected the two major parties' control in Congress and the gains women made in representation in Congress.
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Asia’s largest rail network goes solar with U.S. help

The United States is supporting India with its ambitious clean energy program, including this solar rooftop project in partnership with Indian Railways.
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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.
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A first: Cambodian-born candidates vied for same statehouse seat

For the first time in U.S. political history, two Cambodian-born candidates faced off in a state legislative election. See who won.
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Family’s present for National Park Service’s 100th: Terrain in Maine

In celebration of its centennial, the National Park Service received 35,000 hectares of land in Maine from a private donor.
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The cost of human smuggling

As more families are migrating to the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America, human smugglers are primed to exploit their vulnerability.
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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.
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Shoes that grow and other innovations

Innovators in medicine, agriculture and sanitation are among the recipients of the 2018 Patents for Humanity Award, presented by the U.S. government.