U.S. to give additional $119 million for Venezuela’s crisis

New U.S. assistance will go toward alleviating the Venezuelan people's humanitarian crisis and to bolster democratic governance in the country.
Man on wide path next to pond bouncing globe-painted soccer ball on his knee (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Geographer for diplomats: Maps matter

Lee Schwartz, the State Department's geographer, approves all government maps to ensure they conform with U.S. policy. Read about the role of these maps.
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Why freedom of the press is important [video]

Free and independent journalism helps advance democratic societies. Learn more about how the United States protects press freedom.
Donald Trump and Mike Pence side by side, with Trump pointing at Pence (© AP Images)

What do U.S. vice presidents do?

Vice presidents play a big role in the U.S. government. They are first in line to succeed the president and serve as emissaries, counselors and advisers.
Donald Trump and Jared Kushner (© AP Images)

Trump initiative to bring business ideas to government

The newly created White House Office of American Innovation will seek to overhaul government functions by using ideas from the business sector.
Presidents Macron and Trump and their wives standing on a red carpet at the White House (© Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

State visit versus official visit: What’s the difference?

When a U.S. president welcomes a world leader to the White House, what determines whether the visit will be a state visit or an official visit? Here's what you need to know.
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Creating networks for 1 million Pakistani women

Companies in the United States and Pakistan have promised to help Pakistani women and girls achieve in the workplace through dedicated mentorships.
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.
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President Trump’s Cabinet explained [video/infographic]

President Trump’s Cabinet is nearly in place. Who are the men and women who make up this important group, and what do they do?