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Trump visits White House to meet Obama

President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump met at the White House on November 10 in a cordial beginning to their transfer of power.
Donald Trump tossing apple into air (© Michael O'Brien/National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian)

Trump portrait takes the spotlight

A week before Donald Trump takes office as the 45th U.S. president, his photo portrait is on display at a Smithsonian Institution museum.
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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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Meet Alex Acosta, U.S. secretary of labor

Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, a lawyer skilled in labor and civil-rights issues, rose from modest roots to the top of his field. Here's his story.
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Stopping epidemics early protects national security

Infectious diseases such as Ebola can spread from remote villages to world capitals in 36 hours. Stopping them early is a U.S. national security priority.
Melania Trump standing in front of a banner that reads 'Be Best.' (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

First lady’s new initiative puts her in good company

Learn how first lady Melania Trump's newly unveiled agenda will benefit kids, and why a cause that's dear to her heart links her to so many of her predecessors.
Illustration of a federal government canopy standing over the U.S. statehouses (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

State government: Where innovation often flows

America's 50 states are known as “laboratories of democracy” because they try policy ideas often adopted elsewhere. This is part of a series on federalism.