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Tillerson says U.S.-European ties vital to countering threats

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson highlights the importance of a strong trans-Atlantic partnership in the face of new and renewed threats.
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The importance of an independent press

The U.S. deemed free and independent media so essential that press freedom is protected in the Constitution. Find out why.
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Federal government: More than the White House and Congress

Learn more about the federal government in the United States. This article is part of a three-part series on how federalism works in America.
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Local elections give individuals a voice in democracy [infographic]

Learn about the types of local positions Americans vote on every few years to select the people who will lead their communities.
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Nations oppose Venezuelan president’s actions

Nations around the world condemned the July 30 elections called by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that will ultimately give Maduro sweeping new powers.
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Summit for Democracy: Progress for the future

Learn about some of the initiatives resulting from the December 9–10 virtual Summit for Democracy, hosted by President Biden.
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U.S. grand juries: What are they?

If you have paid attention to recent U.S. news, you have heard the term “grand jury” in connection with the deaths of Michael Brown...
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Nicaragua’s elections: Neither free nor fair

On November 7, the Ortega regime used coercion, scare tactics and cronyism to declare itself the winner of sham elections.
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Trump welcomes Venezuela’s Guaidó during U.S. visit

President Trump reiterated U.S. support for Juan Guaidó, Venezuela's interim president, during the State of the Union address and later at the White House.