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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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United with Ukraine [August–September 2022]

Check out our latest coverage of the developments in Ukraine and the U.S. response. This article will be updated on a rolling basis.
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Kremlin plans sham referendums to annex parts of Ukraine

Moscow is rolling out a version of the same playbook it used in 2014 when Russia invaded Crimea and later held staged elections.
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The secret pact that ushered in World War II and changed...

Learn more about a secret 1939 pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany that affected millions in Europe.
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Russia continues its quest to erase Ukraine’s culture, identity

Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to impose Russian cultural, economic and citizenship standards upon Ukrainian citizens.
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United with Ukraine [June-July 2022]

Check out our latest coverage of the developments in Ukraine and the U.S. response. This article will be updated on a rolling basis.
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A lot of history happened on July 4

On July 4, 1776, America's Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Do you know about other events in U.S. history that fell on the Fourth?
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D-Day anniversary prompts reflection

Remembering D-Day, a pivotal Allied victory during World War II, links the struggles against tyranny in the 20th and 21st centuries.
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Strengthening democracies across the Americas

Leaders will discuss democratic governance and open government at this year's Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles.