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Fun facts about past presidential inaugurations

Incoming presidents have celebrated their inaugurations in novel ways, starting with George Washington dancing the minuet after his.
Barack Obama and George Bush walking down the White House steps (© AP Images)

Smoothing the way for a new president

A new president means a transition for thousands of people. To ensure it goes smoothly, here's what federal agencies and administrations need to do.
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What are midterm elections, and why are they important?

Although Americans won't elect a president in the 2018 midterm elections, their choices will have a big effect on the country's direction.
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Voter fraud? Not in the U.S. Here’s why.

Just how rare is voting fraud or election rigging? In the U.S., rigging an election is extremely unlikely. Find out how elections are kept transparent.
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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For many Americans, Election Day is already here

The majority of U.S. states allow some form of early voting, either in person or by mail-in ballots. Rules and deadlines differ by state.
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How a cowgirl from Arizona leaped barriers to make history

In 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman judge on the U.S. Supreme Court. Her story shows how education can empower women to become leaders.
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The presidential Cabinet explained [video]

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?

Meet the youngest woman in Congress. She campaigned from a pickup...

Elise Stefanik proves that youth is no barrier to political success. At age 30, she is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. During her...