Illustration of person drawing on easel with Congress and crowd behind him (State Dept./D. Thompson)

The president’s budget explained

Creating the U.S. budget is a long process that begins with the president’s plan. The two branches of Congress wrangle over it. Everyone has to agree.
Group of girls posing with DREAMS sign (© Sauti)

Working toward an AIDS-free future for girls in Africa

Girls and young women account for 74 percent of new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. The DREAMS initiative is reducing that number.
George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter standing together (© AP Images)

How quickly do presidents make key appointments?

President-elect Donald Trump faces many decisions, but few are so daunting as selecting the men and women who will fill his administration.
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Each spring, Americans brace for Tax Day

On October 3, 1913, President Wilson signed a law establishing the national income tax. Income taxes remain a vital source of federal revenue.
Woman is speaking (© Bill Chapman Photography)

Women win elections, but first they have to run

When female candidates run, they win, but many need to be reassured that they can have a work-life balance.
Delegates cheering for a candidate during a convention (© AP Images)

What is a contested convention?

American media and political pundits are fond of predicting a contested political convention. For Republicans in 2016, it just might happen.

Ambassador Haley: U.S. will not be told where to put embassy

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley explains the U.S. veto of a resolution on refraining from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.
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.
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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.