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Women govern some of the largest U.S. cities

Learn about some of the American women who are running for, and winning, the top city government seat: the mayor.
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For the press, elections are a test of accountability

A journalist's role in covering elections is to give you unbiased information; doing anything else is failing in their role as a watchdog.
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Want to be a citizen journalist? You might be one already.

Social media have changed the way the world gets its news and allowed citizen journalists to use Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook and other platforms to report on what's important in their communities.
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Some election wins aren’t what they seem

When an election winner takes 95 or 100 percent of the vote, it's less likely he's incredibly popular and more likely that the election was not free and fair.
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The first U.S. president set his own term limit

More than 200 years ago, George Washington voluntarily gave up the office of the presidency of the United States. Find out why the speech he gave announcing his departure is still so important that it is read aloud every year in the Senate.

Summit seeks to bolster security, prosperity across the Americas

Vice President Pence attends the April 13–14 Summit of the Americas in Peru. He will promote democracy, fair trade and secure borders in the hemisphere.
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In Venezuela, Maduro regime uses hunger to get votes

In the midst of a devastating hunger crisis, the regime of Nicolás Maduro has turned government food assistance into a tool to get political support.
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Nations of Western Hemisphere share strong values [video]

Leaders of the Western Hemisphere's countries will gather in Lima, Peru, April 13–14 for the eighth Summit of the Americas. Check out this video to learn about our shared values.
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In Ethiopia and Djibouti, Tillerson stresses democracy, security efforts

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lauded the voluntary transfer of power in Ethiopia and thanked the people of Djibouti for hosting U.S. troops.