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In America, honest dissent gets a hearing

"Without debate, without criticism ... no republic can survive," said President John F. Kennedy. Do you have a free space to speak about your government?

Obama: Through democracy, countries can realize their full potential

What defines a strong nation in the 21st century? It's not the control of territory, but “individual rights, good governance and personal security.”
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45,000 become U.S. citizens during Constitution Week

For the thousands becoming U.S. citizens this week, the date holds an extra special significance. It is the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

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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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.

How Arab Americans make their voices heard

Arab Americans have one of the highest rates of political participation of any ethnic group in the U.S. and serve at every level of the government.
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Immigrant voters: The key to victory?

To understand voters, politicians use census data. The most recent data found that almost 1 in 10 U.S. voters is an immigrant.
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At U.N., Pompeo reaffirms support for Venezuelan people [video]

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke before the United Nations Security Council in support of the people of Venezuela and their hope for a better future.
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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.